High-temperature records are breaking all around the globe, thanks to a super-warm December. We asked readers to send images of the warmth’s effects in their area. Here are the best—photographs of plants around the world, confused by the weather and blooming out of season.
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Tree Blooms In Mid-December On Yale Campus
I took this photo on December 16 on Grove Street, New Haven, Conn., on the Yale campus.
While we were waiting for the bus, the kids asked what these “spikes” were and that they looked like the daffodils that pop up in the spring. That prompted a little discussion about weather and science. Alas, it’s snowing and cold now in Cleveland, Ohio so I’m just hoping these will survive the elements!
Confused Cherry Tree
I took this picture on December 10 in Meissen, Germany.
My Naga chili plants are still producing fruit in the U.K. on December 18.
Cherry Tree In Maryland
This tree, in a Popular Science editor’s Baltimore yard, was doing its very best impression of spring on December 18.