The northeast US is having its coldest start to the year on record, and a genius BU professor says that spring isn’t late.
This is a busy time of year for Richard B. Primack, a biologist at Boston University. He and his colleagues survey the plants growing around Concord, Mass., recording the first day they send up flowers and leaves.
Compared to the last five springs, things are pretty slow right now around Concord, in large part because of the relatively cold winter and chilly March.
But Dr. Primack wouldn’t call this a late spring. “It’s just much later compared to our recent memories of spring,” he said.
So the latest spring on record isn’t actually late.
The good doctor must have missed January, 1790 in Philadelphia – when it was 70 degrees.