I smelled an early sign of springtime late last year, just after Christmas. It was the unmistakable aroma of skunk. As noted here before, skunks become more active in the spring, looking for food and looking for love. The recent burst of warmth must have thrown off the little critters' internal calendars.
And, while I'm talking spring...
Temperatures have cooled off a bit, but we did have several warm days and cool nights-- the dreaded freeze/thaw cycle that leads to potholes. A few rainy days didn't help.
It will be several more weeks before the asphalt plants reopen, allowing repairs to be done the right way.
Yes, there are disadvantages to an early spring.