Snowpack

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Our first-half-of-the-month-bears-no-resemblance-to-the-second-half-of-the-month pattern continues, with March setting a record of -19 at the onset and ending up with an average temperature in the 30s.

Will April be any less erratic?

Probably not.

In 2013, we had 51" (that's fifty-one INCHES) of snow in April; in 2010, we had NO snow in April, and in 1952, the National Weather Service says we hit a record high of 88 degrees April 27th.

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Piles of dispirited, dirty snow.  Sand and grit on roads and sidewalks.  Flotsam beached by the receeding snowpack.

But Larry Weber, like his beloved redpolls, has returned to the Northland like a harbinger of Spring, and he has a lot more cheerful signs of the season for us to look for.

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It's March 1st, the first day of spring according to the meteorological calendar, and once upon a time (prior to 45 BCE), it was the first day of the year.

But call it what you want, if nocturnal animals like flying squirrels are wandering around in the middle of the day trying to find something to eat ... there are a lot of other hungry beasties out there.