Central Park Sees Cherry Blossoms In Mid-January

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Some New Yorkers did a double-take as cherry blossoms flowered in Central Park over the past few days, thanks to unusually mild weather. Light-pink cherry blossoms are traditionally a sign of spring, when many cities hold festivals in their honor. But a stretch of unseasonably warm days recently has had some species of cherry trees strutting their stuff.

Temperatures hit a record 69 degrees in Central Park on Saturday and made it to 67 degrees Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Admirers passing by a cherry tree budding next to the park’s Great Lawn on Friday expressed a mix of delight and concern that it might be yet another reminder of climate change.