No. 4 — April 15, 2019
Bud Break — Looking Back
A year ago average temperatures were trending 8 to 13 degrees F below the mean for the period of April 1–15, 2018 (Figure 2). What a difference a year makes. In comparison, average temperatures for the period of April 1–15 are departing 2 to 3 degrees F above the mean. In 2018, bud break was occurring at the very end of April into the first couple of days of May. This seasons above normal average temperatures will likely result in bud break being completed within the next five days.
Figure 2. Average temperature departure from the mean for the period of April 1-15 for 2018 and 2019, respectively. Image credit: Pat Guinan, MU Extension Professor of Climatology.