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Monday, January 8, 2007

What a lovely spring we're having in Boston.

Tree blossoms in JanuaryOn Saturday, after Mrs Philocrites completed the fourth and final day of her Episcopal General Ordination Exams, we decided there's simply nothing better than springtime in Cambridge in January. Walking toward Harvard Square, we passed trees in bloom near the high school. What's more, bees were buzzing everywhere — but I couldn't capture an unblurry picture of them.

With the temperature reaching almost 70 degrees, we carried our lightest jackets over our arms. The street performers had emerged from hibernation in the Square; people were playing chess and drinking iced tea (!) outdoors at Au Bon Pain; undergrads were playing football and throwing frisbees along the banks of the Charles River as joggers in sports bras ran by. One guy was playing his guitar on Weeks Bridge like it was May, which is exactly what if felt like.

Hmm: Warmest December in Boston's history. Anyone else struck by unusual weather in their neck of the woods?

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 8 January 2007 at 9:47 PM

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Chris T.:

January 9, 2007 03:43 AM | Permalink for this comment

Congrats to Mrs. Philocrites on finishing her GOEs!


January 9, 2007 06:56 AM | Permalink for this comment

In Barcelona we are having temperatures in the upper 60s Fahrenheit. Japanese tourists who come to see the Sagrada Familia are just thrilled (but no skiing in the Pyrenees this year).

Scott Wells:

January 9, 2007 10:16 AM | Permalink for this comment

By contrast, consider the Blizzard of '78, which is probably my sharpest memory of living on Cape Cod.


January 9, 2007 10:57 AM | Permalink for this comment

I said on Sunday that we're having an "Al Gore winter" and everyone laughed. Except it's not very funny.

A HUGE WHOOPIE to Mrs. Philocrites!! Wahoooo!


January 9, 2007 07:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

It's official: 2006 was the warmest year on record in the continental United States (AP, 1.9.07).

Christine Robinson:

January 9, 2007 07:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

On the other hand, here in Albuquerque, average annual precipitation 4 inches of snow (and 4 inches of rain), which usually melts by noon the next day, we had a whopping two feet of snow 10 days ago which is still very much with us.


January 10, 2007 04:03 PM | Permalink for this comment

Pretty warm and sunny today in Lansing, MI. All snow has melted. My cabbage and collard greens are still growing in the garden and quite tasty.


January 12, 2007 11:58 AM | Permalink for this comment

We've actually had some record *cold* here in Arizona. I must have accidentally taken your weather with me when I moved.


January 13, 2007 09:15 PM | Permalink for this comment

It's unusually cold here in Northern California. And has been for days. Last night we were supposted to have had our first hard frost in ten years -- though the last one I remember was 18 years ago when I lost several plants.

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