Friday, 15 May 2015

Do April showers REALLY bring May flowers?

You’ve heard the poem before, right? “April showers bring May flowers…” I don’t know about you, but my grandma says it (repeatedly) in the spring, mostly, I think, because she’s REALLY excited about watching her (many) flowers bloom.

But last month, I don’t remember there being a lot of rain…and in fact, just last week we had a SNOW storm.

And yet, my grandma’s flowers—especially her daffodils and tulips—are still starting to bloom. What’s up with that? I researched it to find out.

Turns out, it’s not “rain” that brings May flowers. Blooming is actually triggered by rising temperatures AND water. The moisture flowers need to bloom can come from rain, but often, winter snowfall compacts during March, leading to higher water levels when it melts. And THAT is enough to kick start blooming…well, if there’s enough sunshine, of course.

Cool, right?

Despite this <cough cough> scientific explanation behind the very popular English proverb (yep, I looked that up too), my science teacher is actually using the poem to help teach us about water cycles…like TRANSPIRATION. You know what that is, of course.

Sure, it’s part of the water cycle…but it’s also one of the books in the Chase “Superman” Duffy series. Read about it here or order your copy from

Gotta jet! 

— Chase Superman Duffy

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