Today is the Vernal Equinox, also known as the first day of spring. So by the sun it is now spring in the northern hemisphere.
Except it has been spring for several weeks here in Texas. Winter is a very short season here. Our fall color starts at Thanksgiving and ends right before Christmas. Winter is really from Christmas until about the Super Bowl. By that time we are already getting dandelions.
Understand we can still get a cold snap, snow, or more likely an ice day, but we are already having warm days. The trees are budding and flowering by the end of February. The Bradford pears have already blossomed and we are at the edge of the bluebonnets making their annual appearance.
This is my parting shot to winter. It was a few weeks ago, back on the river. It was a typical late winter day here-in the 50's. The trees are still bare but spring is soon to be busting out.
So long winter. Hello spring.