2.18.24 2

False Spring

After Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, temps in the Sandhills started climbing. We’ve already had some 70-degree days.

I’ve spotted daffodils, redbuds, and camellias blooming around our neighborhood. And next week is supposed to be in the high 50s and 60s.

Was the groundhog right this year?

Many are warning not to get excited that this is a false spring. Just a short warm snap – and winter will return.

Maybe. I’m not convinced.

North Carolina is notorious for its little winters. But we do get early spring sometimes, too.

Belle was born a few weeks before an early spring struck. Not only was it early, but it was long. The temps averaged 70 degrees for most of February. We wore flip flops and shorts throughout late winter.

The ship has already sailed on that, but a nice mild end to winter? That is in the range of possibilities. I say that as I peek out the window and watch a robin flutter through the backyard.

False spring? I don’t think so. Spring is coming. And it’s coming fast.

I can’t speak for anybody else, but I welcome it. Pollen and all. I look forward to getting out of this house. Gardening. Hiking. Traveling. Dipping my toes in the ocean.

Yeah, I am definitely ready.

How about y’all?

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  1. I miss NC winters. It does get a lot colder in the hills of WV. But I do remember a few very big snows. One in 1993 caused my wife and I to miss a Def Leppard concert. It was in Chapel Hill, and we lived in Greensboro.

    Published 2.19.24
    • Cassie wrote:

      That’s one thing I miss a lot about the mountains – snow. You can’t make snow cream without it!

      Published 2.22.24