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Record early bloom for cherry blossoms

Earth News: Japan
Photo: A mother and her child look up at cherry tree buds at the Shizuoka meteorological observatory in Shizuoka.

March 08, 2007
RECORD EARLY BLOOM for cherry blossoms - Cherry trees are expected to bloom in Shizuoka as early as March 13, and in Takamatsu and Matsuyama four days later, the EARLIEST DATES ON RECORD. An UNUSUALLY WARM winter has led to the early blossoming of Yoshino cherry trees in western and eastern Japan. Of 56 spots, 42 are expected to bloom more than three days earlier than usual. Agency officials expect the cherry trees to come into blossom in central Tokyo on March 18, 10 days earlier than normal and the second earliest date since the agency began keeping records on cherry blossoms in 1953. Cherry trees are expected to blossom in Nagoya and Fukuoka on March 20, and in Osaka on March 25, five to eight days earlier than average. The national average temperature was 1.52 degrees Celsius higher than normal from December to February, TYING PAST RECORDS.
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