very early this year! for the first time since i have lived in Chicago (almost 7 years) our trees are budding and our flowers are blooming in march. usually in march we sit and wait in cold weather and snow while the rest of the world enters spring. the last few weeks have been beautiful with temperatures reaching into the 80s...yes the 80s. i'm elated, putting away winter stuff and soaking in some vitamin d. but at the same time i am questioning why is this happening? is this global warming? will our summer be dreadful? or will fall come in august? what are your thoughts on this drastic change in mother nature?