Important News Flash! Maple sap is running!
Believe it or not, today, March 1st, is the first day of spring! “What about March 20th?” you might ask. Well, that too is the first day of spring. To make things even more confusing, this year April 4 is also the first day of spring. The difference in dates mentioned is based on how you define spring. Meteorologically Spring begins on March 1 and ends on May 31, Astronomically Spring begins on March 20th and ends on June 19 and economically it begins on April 4th with the first game of Major League Baseball (Cardinals vs Marlins), which is played in Miami and ends on May 27, the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend.
Now we get to the weather next week. Its going to be unusually warm. Too warm I fear. Those who have been anxiously waiting for winter to really get started will have to wait longer–perhaps even to November or December. This is a good time for those meteorologists who have been first calling for a severe winter–they were sure of it–and then calling for a severely cold start to March, to be humbled. While I was calling for a rather mild winter, I am shocked by the lack of cold weather in February. I have never seen anything like it! While the start of March will perhaps be too warm (get trees out of dormancy too early) I would be surprised to see March average out warmer than normal–although that’s the way it now looks, and I am not too happy about that! What about normal weather! Where has it gone? If trees start to get too active next week, I will post about it!