What is spring? That is what many of us here in Canada have been asking ourselves for several months now.
I know spring is finally here when:
You can smell rain instead of snow mold
You see robins jumping about
You hear songbirds in the morning
But most importantly there is no SNOW on the ground.
But for us prairie provinces we don’t release a shout of joy for spring until the beginning of June. Our weather can change drastically, within hours, if you just look at mother nature wrong. We can go from sunny skies to an all out blizzard. On the other hand we can get a down pour of rain when thirty minutes ago it was bright and blue.
For example, just when our friends of Manitoba thought spring was here to stay mother nature hit them with a snow storm that resulted in another 30 cm of snow.
Here in Alberta we are holding spring firmly in our hands waiting for the solstice to bring us summer. Right now we will continue the ritual of watching the weather channel, holding our breaths and releasing it with a big sigh when we hear there is just sunny skies in our forecast.
However, just for now I think I’ll keep my winter gear ready. You never know what will happen tomorrow till you look out the window.