...the almond tree is known as the watchful tree, the alert tree, and is the first of the fruit trees to awaken from its slumber. [H8247, H8245]
...Tu B'Shevat coincides with the flowering of the almond tree in Israel.
...the word "shevat" means blossom, flourish, flower. 
...the word "nitzan" is associated with blossoming [H5339].
...the word "tsitsit" comes from a word that means blossom, flower, flourish. [H6734, H6731, H6692]
...abib can also refer to swelling, flourishing, blossoming. 
...Song of Solomon describes someone going down into the garden of NUTS to see if a tree was ABIB [H3 from H24] or blossoming, and it was NOT a pomegranate tree . (Son Sol 6:11)
...according to Joshua and Chronicles, the first month is also the season when the Jordan River overflows (swells, abib) its banks [Joshua 3:15 & 4:18, 1 Chr 12:15].
...the "rainiest" time of the season is January and February which corresponds with the blossoming of the almond tree. 
...the Word of יהוה does NOT refer to the feasts of יהוה as "spring" and "fall" feasts.
...the seasons of יהוה per the Word of יהוה are "...seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night..." [Gen 8:22]
...the cycle of the almond tree parallels the feasts of יהוה.
…the menorah is patterned after a budding and blossoming almond tree; the menorah produces the fruit of light.
…Aaron’s branch became a budding and blossoming almond branch yielding ripening almonds (firstfruits).
...Luz means almonds. Luz is also known as the "House of God" (Bethel); Jacob referred to this place as the "gate of heaven". (click for verses)
...the Creator did not pattern our eyes after the seed of the almond tree by happenstance.
...this is the season when the almond tree awakens...this is the season of awakening.
...this is the season when the almond tree blossoms, flourishes, abounds in flowers.
...the Righteous Branch spoke in parables...the Word of יהוה speaks in parables.
...the Righteous Branch is the Firstfruit of the Resurrection and the Light of the world.
...firstfruits are associated with bearing or making early fruit from woman or TREE (which does not include grasses). [H1061, H1069]
...the Righteous Branch compared His disciples to branches and told them to abide in Him and that they were light of the world.
...the Righteous Branch told His disciples to be WATCHFUL AND ALERT.
...during the season of abib, in the first month, the month when the Jordan River overflows its banks is the season when the dead and living were brought out of Egypt... referring to the dead bones of Joseph and the living children of Israel. They were brought to the Mountain of Almonds by a branch that eventually budded, blossomed and yielded ripening almonds (firstfruits).
...there is another time when the dead and living will be brought up... the first resurrection... an "awakening"... resurrection is "awakening" from "sleep" (Paul refers to death as "sleep").
...we are instructed to keep the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread in the proper season, the month of abib. [Exo 13:3-4, 10, Exo 23:15, Exo 34:18, Deu 16:1]
 according to Rosh Hashanah tractate in the Mishnah and Talmud (Please note that we do not read the Mishnah and the Talmud. This information is on the internet.)
 Several languages have a word similar to “shevat” which is associated with blossom:
- “tsvyat” Bulgarian (цвят)
- “cvet” Macedonian (цвет)
- “tsvesti” Russian (цвести)
- “tsvisty” Yugoslavian (цвісти)
 for an explanation on how the word "pomegranate" has been translated for "almond" in history, click here.
(1) "The photograph below was taken in February, 1935. This was an unusually high year for the Jordan River and it "overflowed all its banks," damaging and destroying surrounding buildings and roads."
[Rodriguez, Seth M. " Picture of the Week: Jordan River Flooding in 1935." BiblePlaces Blog. N.p., 27 Feb. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.]
(2) "The rainy season extends from October to April, peaking during January and February of each year."
[Munther J. Professor Haddadin (30 September 2010). Water Resources in Jordan: "Evolving Policies for Development, the Environment, and Conflict Resolution". Routledge. pp. 8–. ISBN 978-1-136-52396-0]
(3) "During the rainy season (January and February), when the Jordan overflows its banks, the Zor is flooded, but when the water falls it produces rich crops."
["Jordan River - 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica - - StudyLight.org."StudyLight.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.]
(4) "Although the rainy season lasts from October through May, most of the rain falls between December and February."
["Geography & Nature in Israel." Goisrael.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2015.]
(5) "The Jordan is fed by rains falling on the neighbouring plateaus; the waters then flow downward through rivers or wadis. The Jordan itself is shallow. Its high-water period lasts from January to March, while its low-water period occurs at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn."
["Jordan River | River, Middle East." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2015]