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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Half

Today is Groundhog Day, the official half way point of winter.

You can feel it.  They days are getting longer.  The sun is getting stronger.  Average daily highs and lows are inching upward.  Spring isn't far away.  Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in a couple weeks.  Better days lie ahead.

The way I look at it, the three coldest months of the year are December, January and February-- so the real half way point arrived a couple weeks ago.  December is a breeze because the holidays occupy your thoughts and activities.  February is the front door of spring.  January is the tough nut to crack, a long, dark cold month.  Guess what?  It's over!

Having said all of that, some of our nastiest snowstorms have taken place in February and March.  At least with the stronger sun, the snow doesn't stick around.

Enjoy the last weeks of winter, and let's hope for an early spring.

I have a feeling that the rest of winter won't be so bad.  I've noticed an increase in skunk activity this week.  Loyal blog readers know that I see the skunk, and not the robin, as the official critter of spring.  Skunks get hungry for food and love in the spring.  The unmistakable aroma in the neighborhood is proof the skunks are out early this year.