Patty Craig: A Slice of Time
We welcomed daylight savings time last weekend, and spring flowers are popping up all over the countryside. Is winter about over? Is it spring yet? According to the calendar, the weather and my expectation of seasons, spring is definitely on its way.
First, this year’s calendar clearly shows the Spring Equinox occurring on Wednesday, March 20 – with a full moon. Officially, that gives winter about one more week; however, knowing our Kentucky seasons, we could easily have just about any type of spring. Most of us have seen snow in spring, and we’ve seen spring days with summer-like temperatures. Reaching the Spring Equinox is a marker, often bringing unstable weather.
Second, our weather is not consistently spring-like. I like to think of spring as having some rain (“April showers bring May flowers…”) with no accumulating snow and with temperatures above 70 degrees. The U.S. climate data for Bowling Green (https://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/bowling-green/kentucky/united-stat...) showed the following weather averages:
Average high in °F:60707886
Average low in °F:37465564
Av. precipitation in inch:4.414.215.634.13
Average snowfall in inch:1000
Interestingly, last month the Canadian Press stated: “Winter will continue to grip the country heading into March, but Canadians can expect an abrupt transition to spring…” (https://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/abrupt-transition-to-spring...). Meteorologist Chris Scott forecast a sudden flip to spring weather in late March across Canada, though some colder days will interrupt the milder conditions (https://www.msn.com/en-ca/weather/topstories/abrupt-transition-to-spring...). If Canada expects spring weather in late March, I trust Kentucky will also experience that switch.
Third, my seasonal sense hasn’t made the transition to spring yet. During the spring, I like to deep clean in my house and work in my yard, getting ready for summer. However, I’m still functioning in the winter mindset: I read, and unless the temperature is above 45 degrees, I dread going outside. On a promising note, I have begun to make lists for spring cleaning and gardening. So, perhaps my internal clock does sense that spring is near.
Finally, Henry Rollins said, “In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move,” and Hal Borland said, “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn” (https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/spring). Also, according to the calendar, the weather and my internal clock, spring is definitely near. Come quickly, spring!