With snow still on the ground in some areas, it’s hard to believe that spring is less than a week away. If you are new to the area, you might be wondering what spring looks and sounds like in the Lehigh Valley.
It will be warmer. During the month of March, daily high temperatures increase by 11°F, from 45°F to 56°F, and rarely fall below 33°F at night. During the month of April, the daily high temperature increases by 12°F, from 56°F to 68°F.
The air will smell fresher. Have you noticed the smell of spring in the air? It’s that distinctive scent of equal parts gentle rain, fresh soil, and freshly mowed grass. Depending on where you live, the scents of the local farm fields will permeate the air as well.
Trees and flowers will bloom. Crocus are the first to bloom followed by daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. Small buds will begin to appear on trees and shrubs in your backyard; the silver maple is one of the first to bloom with small, barely distinguishable greenish/yellow blossoms. Forsythia, with it’s plethora of bright, yellow blooms, is one of the first shrubs to bloom in shade-loving areas.
Birds will be everywhere. When robins begin to appear in groups, you’ll know that warmer weather is right around the corner. Morning doves will begin to sing their soothing song to welcome the beginning of each new day, and snow geese and other water fowl will once again be on the move over the Valley.
Creepy crawlies will re-appear and a symphony of chirping calls will break the winter silence. Spring creepers, tiny frogs no more than an inch long, are ready to launch the spring amphibian mating season. The Jefferson Salamander, a slate gray, blue-flecked salamander that grow as long as 7 inches, will begin their annual breeding migration to rain-soaked areas and ponds.
Over the next couple of weeks, you will see, smell and hear the best season the Valley has to offer. Happy spring!
— Tracie Spence
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