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    Posted January 31, 2013 by
    Arkadelphia, Arkansas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Wintry weather



    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     2005santacla says she has been experiencing fluctuating temperatures in her area of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She says she photographed the trees outside her home on January 31 in order to show that her area is experiencing unusually warm weather this time of year. She says typically this time of year the temperature is a lot colder.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Arkansas trees may be confused by extremes in this year's winter here where I live in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, (south-central Arkansas). I noticed a large tree growing here trying to bloom as if it is Spring time. It normally begins to bloom in March-April. Right now it is January 31, 2013. The three photos shown were taken at exactly noon on 1/31/13. One photo shows a very large tree in the foreground, beginning to bloom, with a smaller tree just behind it to the left, which has not yet begun to drop its large dead leaves. Other trees nearby are bare, as normal. The second photo shows a close-up of the new little blooms on the larger tree of the first photo. These blooms show a little bit of green beginning on the bloom. The third photo shows a close-up of the dead leaves still not dropped on the smaller tree. I was told that Arkadelphia just had its first snow on a Christmas day this past Christmas of 2012 since about 80 years ago back in the 1940’s. Also, the people here say there used to be four seasons in this area of Arkansas, but now there are only two: Summer and Winter. A few days ago when Chicago was hit by a severe snow storm, central Arkansas was in the 70’s, and the next day it was in the 40’s for a high. Today it is in the upper 50’s here in Arkadelphia. Last year, I believe Arkansas had significantly lower than average rainfall, and a significant amount of grass died. People here seem to have come to the realization that this is the new norm. I know I, for one, miss the fragrances I remember in the Spring when I was growing up in Texas, which I figured I surely would also be able to notice in Arkansas. But if so, apparently not anymore because I certainly haven't noticed it here in Arkadelphia like I used to in Dallas, Texas. It’s harder to accept climate change with such memories. I understand that future “ice ages” are inevitable, but I wonder about that too now.
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