This has been a weird winter. We’ve had very cold stretches, and some warmer days. According to the monthly summary in the Globe today, February was warmer than normal. I wish we still had the paper for January, because it certainly seemed colder than usual, but using the year-to-date figure in addition to the February number it seems that even January was warmer than average.
Here’s my measure of where we are. Usually when we get back from our February vacation in Florida I notice that the snowdrops on the north side of the house are blooming. And I have to admit that usually I forget to check before we go on vacation, but this year I remembered. Just before we left I went and looked to see if there was any sign of snow drops – nope, nothing at that time. The day after we got back I checked, and sure enough there are snowdrops.
If you had asked me about this winter, I would probably have said it’s been colder than usual, so cold we’ve had little snow (it’s all gone south of us!). My snowdrops are telling me that it’s certainly no colder than usual. I’m just glad to see them because it means spring is on its way.