March Is Here … Spring Is too?

It’s March! And unlike some other places in North America, the weather has been very stable here. According to the old saying, March came in like a lamb, but it has remained very lamb-like with bright sun that just has that budding spring quality to it. I hope it doesn’t go out like a lion. πŸ™‚

It’s gradually been getting warmer – we’ve had two days together of +2Β°C – with some minor melting occurring. Standing in the sun has been very pleasant and after all the cold, it feels really wonderful.

Shadow me dressed in full gear. I look like I’m wearing a sawed-off smurf hat.

Still, we’re choked with snow, even though the warming temperatures have caused it to compress and pack.

I wouldn’t want to play volleyball just yet. πŸ™‚

This is a photo of the beach at our part of Great Slave Lake. You really can’t tell where the beach ends and the lake starts, although you can get an idea from the placement of the lifeguard’s chair.

Soon, however, the fact that our days are lengthening quickly – with the time change it now gets dark at about 8:00 – will bring about a sudden tipping point, and all that snow will melt rapidly.

My snowy back yard, taken about three weeks ago. It was colder, and I think the light quality reflects that.

The southern parts seem to be experiencing extreme ups and downs in temperature and precipitation, but here we are seeing a gradual climb into a lovely spring.

Has your spring started? Is it a lamb or a lion? Or are you heading into autumn now?

25 thoughts on “March Is Here … Spring Is too?”

    1. From what I’ve heard on the news, it’s been a roller-coaster with a lot of extremes – unusually hot one day and a frigid storm the next. It sounds like what you’re experiencing is normal though. We’ve had a nice rise in temperature here. πŸ™‚

  1. As you mentioned, we are heading into the Autumn and I am really glad about that. Not only does Summer bring heat, it can also bring the threat of bushfires and the bugs etc. I loved the photo of your shadow. What a clever idea.

    1. Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

      There are a lot of bugs here too – there will be about a month to six weeks of good weather without them and then watch out! A lot of them are huge and so are the welts they leave. We also get fires -more and more of them as the climate has warmed. And even though we are quite far north, it gets hot. The midnight sun warms everything at a very fast rate.

      I really love autumn – spring is great, especially after a long cold winter, but autumn is so beautiful and the temperature can be so comfortable. Enjoy the beginning of your cooler season. πŸ™‚

  2. Love the pure, white snow. I took a long look at the photo of the beach, before I read further. I wondered if it was a field of snow, or if I saw a light wave of water out there. Love the shot.

    After the snow photos I put up on my blog, it has all since melted. We are at +2C, and it’s forecast to go to +6C. However, we are getting some flurries today. They aren’t supposed to amount to much, thankfully.

    1. Many thanks – much appreciated. πŸ™‚

      The snow is absolutely pristine, even after it has been sitting around for a while. The air is very clean here, so that shows in the snow quality. There’s no water showing yet, but given the temperatures, there soon will be slushy water floating on top of the frozen lake. It freezes very deeply, to the bottom in some places – people drive on it and there are official government ice roads that people use for ordinary travel. I’ve driven on a couple of them myself.

      Glad to hear that your flurries won’t amount to much. After a while, you just want it to stop messing around and get going on spring. I certainly am looking forward to it. πŸ™‚

  3. The March weather is always a mixed bag here in Dallas. We almost got down to freezing last night, but we will be in the mid 80s within a few days. And really, March is usually just a placeholder until April, when the thunderstorms kick in with earnest and essentially won’t let up until June. By the way, Autumn is my favorite time of year as well…

    1. Autumn is wonderful. πŸ™‚ I know It’s the last gasp before winter but some things are better when they’re older. πŸ˜‰

      I was once in Kerrville during a rain storm in late May – a bit scary how fast it came down and how quickly it started to build up on the ground. I’m a pilot and did a lot of training in Az and Texas. I have a healthy respect for those thunderstorms.

    1. It is quite cold, but much better than it has been. +2C sure beats -40C, which we had fairly regularly right up until about mid-February. I’m really enjoying this rise in temperature – the winter has been long! πŸ™‚

  4. Looks beautiful, Lynette, but you are welcome to all that snow. I’m afraid that I’m too used to warm weather all year round now, having lived in South Africa for many years, and now living in Florida. My blood is too thin for freezing temperatures, although I did quite well in Antarctica last December, wearing many layers of course. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes – it’s the layers that get you through. πŸ™‚

      But I get it about the cold. Right now I am taking a holiday in a much warmer area of the country (where spring has really sprung!) and it’s a very welcome break. πŸ™‚

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