Spring has been late arriving this year and it’s beginning to look like it’s going to bypass us altogether. It almost seems as if winter is here to stay for good. Although the first day of spring officially occurred three weeks ago, on March 20th, there have been few spring-like days, thus far. The weather doesn’t always behave as we think it should, and it seldom pays attention to what time of year the calendar says it’s supposed to be. All I know is the prolonged wait for spring has caused an increase in the cases of cabin fever. With some individuals, symptoms have gone from mild to severe. Almost everyone I know has had their fill of winter and are anxious to get outdoors to enjoy some sunshine and warmth, and maybe indulge in a few favorite spring activities.
As I write this, southwestern Alberta is under another snowfall advisory. It’s been snowing since 8:00 am this morning and by the time it’s supposed to stop this evening, we’ll likely have another 15 centimeters on the ground.
Robins and bluebirds have been back from their southern retreats for several weeks. They must be in shock and wondering what’s going on. There’s not a lot of food available for them yet. Dried, shriveled apples and berries on trees and bushes, leftover from last autumn, are about all they have to eat at the moment. Crows are back, too. I watched a pair of these birds in my backyard the other day. They have nest-building on their minds and were trying to break dead branches from trees to shore up last year’s abode. There are plenty of broken branches on the ground but three feet of snow will need to melt before the crows can gather them for their nest. Bears are starting to come out of hibernation and there have been several sightings in and around Crowsnest Pass. If I was a bear, I would poke my head out of the den to check for snow, first. If I saw what I’m seeing today, I would turn around and go back to bed for a few more weeks.
There is some good news on the way. The weather forecast looks pretty nice for tomorrow, April 13th. Today’s snow will have ended and there will be a return to sunshine and above-freezing temperatures. By the weekend, we are looking at double-digit temperatures on the plus side, and lots of sun. This just might be the cure we are looking for!