Blooms fading, but Festival in full swing

The Apple Blossom festival is underway in Wenatchee with the star attraction – the blossoms – already past their peak.
   It’s a bit unusual, but not rare. Wenatchee’s apple trees reached full bloom on Saturday, April 20,seven days ahead of the 30-year average, according to Washington State University researchers. Trees at higher elevations will bloom later.
   In 1934, full bloom occurred on April 11, the earliest on record. May 18 was the latest full bloom, in 1922.
   Check out the Apple Blossom Festival site for a full list of events that run from April 25 through May 5.

by  Jon Osterberg

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