Let’s Welcome Spring

Let's welcome spring!

“Are there violets in the sod,
Crocuses beneath the clod?
When will Boreas give us peace?
Or has Winter signed a lease
For another month of frost,
Leaving Spring to pay the cost?
For it seems he still is king,
Though ‘t is Spring.”
—Christopher Pearse Cranch, A Spring Growl, 1878

It is officially spring in the northern hemisphere according to astronomy! The vernal equinox with the length of day and night being nearly equal has arrived. Winter still lingers around somewhat and the nights are still frosty up here. While the tulips are not out yet, higher daytime temperatures have turned snow into rain so that we have some rather muddy spots here and there, but there is a lot more sunshine too. And today is a gorgeous day! Welcome spring and I hope you’re here to stay!

Spring Is Here!

Spring, 2018.

“Would you think it? Spring is come.
Winter ’s paid his passage home;
Packed his ice-box.—gone—half-way
To the Arctic Pole, they say.
But I know the old ruffian still
Skulks about from hill to hill,
Where his freezing footprints cling,
           Though ‘t is Spring?”
Christopher Pearse Cranch, A Spring Growl, 1878

It is finally spring in the northern hemisphere! However, in the Rockies this time of year, spring is more a symbolic event and the meteorological season more a convention than reality. There is still snow on the ground, but at least temperatures did rise and days and nights are not as cold anymore as just a little while ago. While meteorological spring starts on March 1, astronomical spring is still 20 days away with the vernal equinox marking the day when daytime and nighttime is about the same length. Be it as it may, I look forward to spring!