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A Taste Of Spring

February 21, 2017
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Let's keep this short today: Here we are, just midway through February, and it might as well be Spring!

For several days, people have been walking around in shirtsleeves and enjoying the sunshine. The car washes have been crowded and some have even been out raking the yard, then burning the leaves.

With temperatures in the low 60s, it's hard to stay indoors. It was a good opportunity to wash some winter grime off the windows. Look where you are walking! While washing windows on the south side of the house, I looked down to see tulips coming up. Wait! No! This really isn't Spring. Who knows how these tender new plants will survive when seasonably colder weather returns at the end of the week.

This weekend was also the Audubon backyard bird count. While I didn't actually participate, I did hear chickadees and finches when I was outdoors, but that probably would not count since I didn't see them. When I came inside, I looked out to see 15 starlings strutting around the yard.

The question is: Are we enjoying a taste of early Spring or is this global warming? Maybe the bigger question is:?Is there actually global warming? That could be debated long into the winter, which will undoubtedly return after we enjoy this brief bit of Spring.



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