First Day of Spring - Prolonged Winter Season
Posted: March 22, 2013
The vernal equinox, better known as the first day of spring, came and went this week. Nobody around here would know it, though. Even though we all knew that we were spoiled with 80 degree temperatures last year at this time, we didn't want to live through a below-average temperature and winter-like month of March.
Everywhere I've gone the last two weeks, the current weather conditions were the topic of conversation. But, despite living through the winter that will never end, I've tried very hard to come up with some positives about the ongoing cold, snow and wind.
For example, for anyone who likes winter sports, there has been a prolonged season. Last year at this time, people were golfing. This year, they're snowmobiling, snowboarding or skiiing, which has to be good for the area economy.
Likewise, since we suffered through a miserable drought last July, we should have enough moisture on the ground to avoid those same conditions this summer. The apple, cherry and maple syrup crops were well below average last year because of the warm temperatures in March followed by colder temps in April. This year, we should experience a rebound in fruit and vegetable production and thus, decreased prices at the grocery store.
In addition, the longer-than-normal winter could mean that road crews will start fixing the numerous potholes that are left over each spring. Already, the City of Eau Claire is addressing some of the worst driving areas because of the craters on area roadways. Plus, owners of car washes should experience revenue growth this spring since it's been a futile effort to wash my vehicle since the car stays clean for less than two hours afterward.
Lastly, since there is no warm-up in sight for the next week, at least potential flooding issues will be delayed.
Those who are lucky enough to take advantage of their childrens' spring break are most likely traveling to warm climates over the next week. I only ask those that are leaving now don't rub it in when they return.
NCAA BASKETBALL: Now that the NCAA Men's College Basketball brackets are out, I can revise my predictions from last week. Although Virginia did not make it into the tournament, I still believe that this will be the year that a team from the Big Ten wins the crystal ball. I also think there's a good chance that a team like Bucknell or St. Louis makes a good run in March Madness. I have Ohio State to win it all.