Spring Phenology

Many people tend to write down and keep track of certain annual events.  These events may include the sighting of the first robin of spring, or if you live near a lake, the ice out date.  For many in agriculture it may be the plant date for a certain crop. For me in recent years, I have kept track of when crabapple trees bloom.  This recording of the timing of natural events is referred to as Phenology.  Clearly, some planting has been earlier than usual this year and many lakes went ice free earlier than average as well, yet, with recent rain and cooler weather this week, overall all this spring planting may end up being completed closer to normal than many anticipated a month ago, plus, the trees may flower out close to average as well.