No blossoms yet! Though in 2010 trees flowered (above) on April 24.
But Russell Powell, writing on his blog New England Apples, says that farmers are glad of the chill. An early spring
forces a premature bloom in the apple orchard, putting the delicate flowers and nascent apples at risk of frost damage for an extended period.
Colder weather delays the apple blossoms to a time when a killing frost is less likely.
We saw an extreme example of an early spring in 2010, when temperatures spiked into the 90s on April 7.
Powell says the weather has not been especially cold overall, just not unseasonably warm. The National Weather Service bears him out.
According to that source, the mean temperature in central Massachusetts was 46.2º Fahrenheit last month, 0.2º greater than the historical average.
The average minimum temperature of 37.7º was 0.7º warmer than average. Only the average maximum, 54.6º, was less than the historical average, and only by half a degree.
Temperatures did briefly reach 71º on April 18, the warmest of the year so far. The low for the month was 27º on April 1.
My review of New England Apples helped to pass the time here last December.
On this first day of May the temperature here in the Boston area is peaking at about 52º.