Signs of Spring
Yesterday was the vernal equinox, the first official day of spring. Usually at this time of year, the first sign of spring is the sound of snow melting off the roof under the influence of the season’s stronger sun and longer days. (See The Sound of Spring Arriving.) This year is different, however. In a pattern typical of El Nino years, our winter has been warmer than average (actually, much warmer than average), and it has been relatively dry as the prevailing storm track has taken most of the snow out to sea to the south of Maine. The result was that the snow was already pretty much gone, from both the roof and the garden, when spring arrived.
In response to our early warmth and snow melt, other signs of spring have arrived earlier than they would in a normal year. Yesterday, as I drove along rural roads, I noticed some maple trees with flower buds, and two robins flew low across the road directly in front of me. And in my garden, as though on schedule, I found these little nubs of spring bulbs poking up through the ground.
Today, those signs of spring are buried under a few inches of spring snow. But I know they are there and that they mean spring has arrived.