What a difference a year can make.
Especially when it comes to the weather.
Last year at this time we were experiencing downright balmy temperatures reaching the 70-degree mark.
Definitely not the case this year.
With spring officially upon us today, winter continues to rear its unrelentless head, bombarding us with weekly snow and wind blasts and little temperature relief.
According to longer-range reports, we can expect two more weeks of the colder stuff before a much anticipated warm up that hopefully will pave the way for continual improvement.
The increase in snow piles have also revved up the threat of spring flooding talk but it’s still too early to tell which way that pendulum will swing.
In West Fargo, Public Works officials will be releasing their 2013 spring melt report soon, which hopefully will contain no surprises, at least as far as the efficiency of the Sheyenne Diversion goes, which has been providing flood protection for the community for over 20 years now.
In the meantime, as we await the true onset of spring, we take comfort at least in knowing that the remains of winter should be short-lived and that once the sun emerges sky high a couple of days in a row, the intensity of its rays will quickly reduce the enormous snow piles into giant water puddles, quickly evaporating and paving the way for much welcome clean, unimpeded streets.
Spring is seen by many as a time of growth, renewal and new life.
After the harsh winter mother nature has provided, all we can say is ‘bring it on!’