When is spring going to arrive?

By Mike Jiggens, Special to Delhi News-Record

Although it’s been here in name only for almost a month, its arrival in spirit is well overdue.

It’s already past the midway point in April and temperatures are still dragging their heels with only a handful of days so far in double digits.

People in Western Canada, Northern Ontario and the Maritime provinces will suggest we stop our whining and be grateful that we’re no longer shovelling snow as they are, still.

Nevertheless, we live in the banana belt, and spring is supposed to arrive by April 1, if not a few days sooner. It’s almost an unwritten rule. We were spoiled last year when summer, not spring, arrived in mid-March. Perhaps we’re paying for last year’s “gift.” Even the 14-day trend isn’t promising, and that takes us almost to the end of the month.

This is the longest stretch into April I can recall that I haven’t yet played any golf locally. I was supposed to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the heavy rains of every day last week washed out those plans. By this time last year, I already had about a dozen rounds under my belt.

It’s one thing to crank the heat up in the car first thing in the morning, but having to do it at the end of the day just isn’t right. I sincerely hope May is more of a traditional month.

I’m not sure what meteorologists are forecasting for the summer, but odds are we’ll experience another lengthy period of drought and unbearable temperatures. I almost wish those conditions would arrive tomorrow.

These inconsistencies with recent daily temperatures and conditions have made things rather confusing. When I know I’m going to be spending the majority of my day indoors, my preference is to dress with the end of the day in mind. In other words, if the temperature when I leave for work is two degrees yet is projected to be 12°C or 13°C by the end of the day, I dress for the higher temperature. I’m willing to wear a light jacket for the 30 seconds I’m between the car and the house and the car and the office first thing in the morning rather than wear a parka for that short period and then look like a buffoon wearing it again at the end of the day.

Perhaps we’ll be lucky and an unexpected shift will occur in the weather, throwing the forecasted 14-day trend out of whack…for the better. One can always hope for a quicker arrival of “spring.”

In the meantime, I guess we’ll just have to be patient awhile longer and sympathize with Canadians elsewhere who are still experiencing winter.

Mike Jiggens is a Delhi resident. His column appears regularly in the Delhi News-Record



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