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>> Some of Japan's famous pink cherry blossoms have arrived six months early, the trees typically bloom in April. And charm millions of tourists every spring. But extreme weather has tricked the flowers into revealing themselves half a year before they're due. In September two powerful typhoons left parts of the country reeling, and brought in a warm snap that turned the trees unseasonably pink.
> I've been living in this area for over 50 years, but this is the first time I've ever heard of this.>> According to the Flower Association of Japan, the typhoons weakened chemicals that suppress the flowers. The storm's stripped away leaves or covered them in salty water.
Add to that, warm fronts from the typhoons were followed by cold, all of which mimicked conditions of the Japanese spring.>> But good news for flower fans, the number of early bloomers is small. Experts say, tourists who flock to the Cherry Blossom Festival in spring, known as Hanami or flower watching, won't notice much of a difference.
However, the surprise arrival of the flowers points to concerns about global warming, Japan this summer was hit by intense weather events. A series of record heat waves claimed lives, and the country was pummeled by super storms. Fueled will be rising ocean temperatures, with deadly floods in their wake.