I realize that a few people retire to the north country, or never leave the north country, in which case these pictures will leave you -- er -- cold.
However, for most of you -- for people who live where it doesn't snow in March -- I thought these photos from yesterday might make you feel a little warmer, a little less homesick, a little happier that you moved down to the lower latitudes. Or, if you're on the West Coast, somewhere near the moderating influence of the Pacific ocean.
Punxsutawney Phil, who lives in Punxsutawney, Pa., which is in the middle-of-nowhere, Pennsylvania, came out a couple of weeks ago and, if you remember, he did not see it shadow. That's the signal for an early spring.
Today, it looks like he may be wrong. But what do they say about the darkest hour before dawn?
Around here, anyway, the weather report predicts it will reach the
mid-60s by Tuesday, and hit 70 degrees by Wednesday. I think ... maybe, just possibly, I can already see a
few green shoots coming up through the snow.