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Plum Blossoms Starting to Flower in Fukuoka and Northern Kyushu

The Fukuoka Regional Headquarters of the Japan Meteorological Agency recently announced the first sighting of plum blossoms in Fukuoka. This was proceeded by observations in Saga City (12 days earlier than the average, 6 days earlier than last year), Nagasaki City (6 days earlier than the average, 13 days earlier than last year) and Oita City (10 days earlier than the average, 1 day earlier than last year). According to Maizuru Park, Fukuoka, the plum blossoms will take around one month to reach their peak. Time until peak will be affected by local weather during that period. Last year the plum blossoms began flowering on Jan. 31, with the average start date being Feb. 2. The earliest recorded flowering was in 1969, when flowers were seen on Jan. 2. The latest recorded flowering was in 1981, when flowers didn’t start appearing until Mar. 31. Source: Fukuoka Regional Headquarters, JMA, Jan. 19, 2017

Plum blossoms at Dazaifu. Photo: Oscar Boyd

Plum blossoms will reach their peak in late Feb/early March. Photo: Oscar Boyd

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Published: Jan 20, 2017 / Last Updated: Jun 26, 2017