Observers see that as one more sign of what some call "season creep," or evidence of global warming.
Barbars Arrigo, "Why less winter ice is the pits for state," Detroit Free Press, April 3, 2006
"Is it global warming?" Ford wonders, "or is this a quirk?"
His perception of earlier springs an idea known as "season creep" may or may not be related to long-term warming trends. Yet the reality of year-to-year weather weirdness recently, coupled with the ever-present impulse to outsmart Mother Nature, has prompted more than a few gardeners to shun conventional horticultural wisdom.
Virgina A. Smith, "Out on a limb," The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 7, 2006
Jonathan Banks, "Season Creep: How Global Warming Is Already Affecting The World Around Us," National Environment Trust, March 21, 2006