By Jamie Rieger
As February comes to a close soon and the temperatures feeling more like a few weeks later in spring, it gives one an urge to get out and moving with the yard work. Cleaning up the branches that have fallen over the winter months and start getting the lawn in tip-top shape.
The weather certainly has been pleasant enough to spend the afternoon putzing in the backyard and I have no doubt there were lots of people starting the spring cleaning on their yards a little earlier than usual this past weekend.
El Nino has been the biggest cause of our spring-like conditions, and of our mild winter, for that matter. For that, a lot of people are thankful to be able to enjoy the outdoors without the blowing snow and icy roads.
On the flip side, there will be a price to pay for it if El Nino sticks around through spring, like he is predicted to do. After last year’s drought, a mild winter, and low snowpack in the mountains, farmers are getting concerned about what it all holds for the growing season.
If the weather experts are right, we may not even get much snow in the coming weeks. You know, the heavy, wet stuff that is a pain to shovel, but soaks deep into the ground? A pain for some of us, a joy for others.
So, as we drive with our windows down and enjoy the warm sunny weather, there are others wishing the clouds would form and open up over southeast Alberta.
Mother Nature never said she would ever please everybody at the same time. (Goodness, that would be a lot of pressure, wouldn’t it?)
Enjoy the nice weather while we have it. By August, we may be dealing with prairie fires, grasshoppers, and water rations.