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First signs of spring reported in Sweden

TT/David Landes · 11 Jan 2011, 15:37

Published: 11 Jan 2011 15:37 GMT+01:00

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In some parts of Sweden, the last month of 2010 was one of the coldest Decembers in more than a century.

But as temperatures have crept back up above freezing in parts of southern and central Sweden this week, Swedes were also bolstered by news that spring may nevertheless arrive early this year.

On the Baltic island of Gotland, local media are reporting that the year's first snowdrop buds have emerged from the ground.

The snowdrop, a small white, six-petal flower, commonly blooms by mid-March and is considered by many Swedes to be one of the first signs of spring.

According to the local Gotlands Allehanda newspaper, an entire bunch of the flowers has cropped up behind a park bench on Södertorg square in Visby.

The newspaper also reports that young pussy willows have also appeared in central Visby.

A January 7th pussy willow bud sighting in Götene municipality in central Sweden was also reported on a website detailing signs of spring in Sweden run by the Kristianstads Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve.

With temperatures in Sweden continuing to hover at or below freezing this week, thoughts of spring may seem premature.

Thomas Carlund of meteorology agency SMHI told The Local that the early reported blooms don't necessarily correspond to an early spring.

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"It's not that uncommon for snow drops and pussy willows to pop up in January in southern Sweden. I'm more surprised that the snow has blown or melted away so that the flowers can be seen," he said.

Carlund was reluctant to offer up any predictions as to when spring may arrive in Sweden, but added that additional sunlight may at least help Swedes feel like spring is drawing ever-closer.

"The days are getting longer, so people will notice the increased sunlight more and more," he said.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:04 January 11, 2011 by Åskar
There is hope!
16:05 January 11, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
What greenhouse was that picture taken in...LOL.
16:30 January 11, 2011 by Swedesmith
Always one of my favorite things to see.
16:34 January 11, 2011 by Nemesis
The streets are still covered in ice.

It is not spring.
19:58 January 11, 2011 by Puge Henis
The more pussy um... willows you see... the close you are the Spring - always been the case for me (snow or no snow).

Speaking of which... Julian Assange saw quite a lot of that in Sweden, perhaps someone should have asked him if Spring was close?
21:41 January 11, 2011 by dizzymoe33
I have Tulips already pushing through the ground and my mom has some Snowdrops coming up also here in Washington State. We haven't had much frost only two weeks of it. So looks like another early Spring for us.
00:52 January 12, 2011 by stillwatersrd
It's thirteen degrees outside in Colorado. Nice to see signs of spring somewhere in the world.


Welcome back, I missed you.
09:17 January 12, 2011 by Åskar
Thank you, I've been on a holiday. As far as Gotland is concerned the island generally has a milder climate than the mainland surrounding it. The roses there are well known for blooming far later in the autumn than in the rest of Sweden.
11:58 January 12, 2011 by charubun pananon
I can forcast that this sign is the spring of winter, snow and freezing again.
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