Picture Spring

January 29, 2016

Spring has arrived—late! Here it is May and we have already had a snowstorm that dumped 5 inches as far south as Arkansas.

But the heat is coming and it is time to finally think Spring. That’s right—picture Spring!

It’s time to send all that snow back to the Arctic and picture spring! Source: US Postal Service

Everyone has their own picture of when spring starts for them. For so many of us, it’s that first trip to the nursery when we drool over the bedding plants. Images of perfect gardens dance in our head with lush flowers nodding in the sunlight. I linger over the tomato plants, dreaming of the taste of fresh picked tomatoes, still slightly warm from the afternoon sun. I wander down the nursery aisles and breathe in the smell of springtime.

Breath deep, it smells like spring and the beginning of our gardens. Source: Osuna Nursery, Albuquerque, NM.

Of course, for my husband, spring has a different smell − the leather of a baseball glove and the aroma of hot dogs. He likes his park with a baseball diamond, not flowers. All around the nation, we gather by the thousands to watch the timeless ritual. Baseball, buddies and, oh yes, a cold beer—it is springtime. Forget the endless rounds of hockey and basketball; the boys of summer are back.

The proud Albuquerque Isotopes baseball park. Will the game be rained out?

Close your eyes and think of spring. What do you picture? Share your pictures and springtime dreams with us.

Picture spring.


About This Blog

Are you a weather watcher? Welcome to “Weather Whispers” by James Garriss and until recently, Evelyn Browning Garriss. With expertise and humor, this column covers everything weather—from weather forecasts to WHY extreme weather happens to ways that weather affects your life from farming to your grocery bill. Enjoy weather facts, folklore, and fun!

With heavy hearts, we share the news that historical climatologist and immensely entertaining Almanac contributor Evelyn Browning Garriss passed away in late June 2017. Evelyn shared her lifetime of weather knowledge with Almanac editors and readers, explaining weather phenomena in conversation and expounding on topics in articles for the print edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac as well as in these articles. We were honored to know and work with her as her time allowed, which is to say when she was not giving lectures to, writing articles for, and consulting with scientists, academia, investors, and government agencies around the world. She will be greatly missed by the Almanac staff and readers.