Most locations in the Southeast are now experiencing early spring except for Virginia and higher elevations of the Southern Appalachians. Officially in climatology, spring is defined as the months of February, March, and April. Here in Athens we are past crocuses and daffodils and starting to see redbuds bloom. It won’t be long until we see dogwoods and azaleas! Peaches and blueberries are starting to bloom now too, so we will be holding our breaths for the next few weeks to see if any cold outbreaks bring frost to the area. So far the long-range models are not showing any freezing weather in our area except in the higher elevations of the Appalachians and in northern Virginia, but those forecasts are subject to change and even after that we will still be in the frost season for a while.