What is really surprising me this year now that I am a scout and really in touch with what is happening, is just how varied the bloom times are for the same tree type in different parts of the city. There are Whitcombs in the far western parts of the city that have been in full bloom for a few weeks and ones in Marpole that are just coming into full bloom. Even in Marpole I see Akebonos in different stages. There are ones near me in the southern part of Marpole that are ready to burst open and ones on a street near the northern part that have barely started to bud. I found this rather fascinating. Temperature differences, cloud cover differences, ground moisture differences (precipitation, water table) could be factors contributing to these different bloom times. I know from my experience working for the weather office there is a wide range of temperatures and precipitation amounts in the Greater Vancouver area. I know I even measure differences here in Marpole from what the Airport gets.