Today marks the spring equinox, and right on schedule, there’s a winter storm warning in effect for northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota until 7 p.m. Friday.
Still, signs of spring are out there if you take the time to look. I saw the first Canada geese of the season — though they appeared a bit confused — Sunday afternoon, and snow geese have begun moving through parts of south-central and southeast North Dakota, though the bulk of them remain to the south.
The mud hole that is my alley also is a sign of spring.
Gary Lund of rural Roseau, Minn., who regularly emails photographs of sharp-tailed grouse he’s been feeding all winter in his yard, shared a photo of a pair of bald eagles he photographed this week while snowmobiling. The geese aren’t nesting, he said, but they were in the area last year, too.
March and April are fickle months, brightening our spirits with nice weather one day only to deliver snow and wind the next. It’s that way almost every year, and this year certainly won’t be an exception, by the looks of things.
The optimist in me says we’re closer to spring and nice weather than we’ve been all year.
Bring it on. I’m ready.