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Spring Peeper (USGS photo)If you are a Weather Channel devotee like I am, you probably have noticed that their current storyline is not about winter, but the lack thereof. I would guess that ratings are hurting without the normal winter weather extremes that draw folks to the tube. I would also guess that industries that depend on cold winters are hurting as well. It is probably not a good time to get into the snow removal business up in the northern states.

Sandhill CranesAround these parts the signs of an early Spring are everywhere. The daffodils are blooming, the chorus of the Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) is filling the early evening, and the Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) can been seen high above as they make the pilgrimage back North – all ahead of schedule. I remember some warm February days back in my college years, but I cannot ever remember such a long string of warm days as we have experienced this year. It will be interesting to see what surprises the weather will bring us in the weeks to come. I recall an early March ice storm that had the power out for a week and had our family gathered around the fireplace.

As for me, I am not ready for Spring just yet. I still have some winter hiking to complete as well as more time needed in front of the fireplace. I just don’t like to be rushed, but then I doubt Mother Nature really cares!

Until next time, 

Jim