Early Spring?

Cathy Wiese (left) and Sheryl Lamar and her beagle, “Baxter,” take a walk near a flowery bush in Columbia County Friday afternoon. With temperatures climbing into the 80s and flowers bursting into bloom, it would seem spring is upon us.

The folks at the USA National Phenology Network (usanpn.org/data/spring) and their Status of Spring page say that, in the southeast US, spring has sprung three weeks early this year.

The early spring has many media outlets, like Golf Digest and CNN, already predicting a colorless Masters Tournament, still six weeks away.