Went into the backyard and trimmed the rose bushes, which have already begun to grow. New shoots, leaves. Earliest in the season that I can remember. We’ve had lots of snow in past Februaries and Marches. My sister was married on March 30th, many years ago, a day after it snowed 10 inches. People still remember that one.
But we will all remember this season as the one without winter. With a freak, heavy pre-winter snowstorm in October which brought down more trees than the hurricane earlier in the year (not to mention the earthquake!) we figured we were in for a wild winter.
I recall a similar warm winter a few years ago. Having spent a few memorable winters in Buffalo, I called a colleague I knew who still taught at SUNY there. He said that for the first time in recorded history, none of the lakes in Western New York had frozen over. Not the big ones. Not the little ones. “I’m fearful of what might be crawling out of them this Spring,” he joked.
Let’s see what happens this year.