The calendar boasted less than 15 days until spring, or the vernal equinox, which is scheduled for Monday, March 20. On a side note, we spring forward an hour for Daylight Savings time on Sunday, March 12.
A Feb. 22 post from the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland, Ohio, said “It could be one of the least snowiest Februarys on record! Cleveland, Toledo, and Mansfield are currently (as of Feb 22) on track for No. 1 least snowiest. Youngstown and Akron-Canton are on track for No. 2 least snowfall. Erie, Pa., is No. 3.”
A graphic listed that, as of Feb. 22, Erie had 1.6 inches of snow for this year which was only slightly above the total .50” for 1998.
The post relayed that the city saw more snow in November than during the rest of the season.
The Pittsburgh office celebrated the first day of meteorological spring on March 1 by saying “five of our six climate sites either tied or broke their daily record high temperature."
“Pittsburgh fell one degree short of the record, clocking a high of 71°, with the record 72° set back in 1972,” the post continued.
A little closer to home, the National Weather Service weather station at the Franklin Airport recorded the high for March 1 at 61 degrees at 4:56 p.m.
However, things went downhill from there. The high for March 2, according to the station, was 48 degrees. Highs for March 3, 4 and 5 hovered in the low 40s.
While the warmer temps were welcome, the weather service cautioned that it may not last.
The office in Pittsburgh posted that “probabilities are increasing that the middle to late portions of March will feature below normal temperature (normal average temperature rises from 35° to 45° through the month).”
Folks can view graphics on the potential cool down from the NOAA NWS Climate Prediction Center at NOAA by clicking on "Interactive" to view different ones.
An article by Ben Reed on spring season sayings inspired a new word use and phrase for me.
“Cast not a clout until May is out” is described by Reed as an "English saying that warns against casting aside winter clothing too early in the year.”
The post elaborated on the phrase by saying “'clout" is an Old English word meaning "patch of cloth." In later times, this term widened to include garments in general.
It seemed that snow, rain, wind, cold, sunshine and warmth could all be experienced within just a matter of hours, sometimes minutes. I felt like March’s winds and April’s showers had all been crammed into the month of February.
However, I felt a quote attributed to American screenwriter and novelist, Millard Kaufman appropriately summed up this time of year. "I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”
I saw some budding trees and lilacs. Their buds remained tightly closed against the cold.
Some of my snowflake flowers had bloomed and survived a wintry blast of snow already.
I planted some snowdrop flowers last year to replace some of mine that had died out. I think I saw one of the newbies forcing its way above ground.
Meanwhile, in the basement, a few gerbera daisies and a Shasta daisy flower made an appearance.
And I was able to capture my first robin photo of the season.
That’s just the nature of things ‘round here.