It’s Friday evening as I write this; I’m here at home; and I’m really, really, wishing I was out of the house. And I was planning to be out of the house tonight. That was until this slight stuffiness and sore throat I woke up with this morning became much nastier as the day wore on. Now, my nostrils are even stuffier, my throat feels even more irritated, and I ache all over. Yeah, suddenly being struck by a cold during the first week of spring is no fun. And it’s even less fun when you were feeling fine literally 24 hours earlier.
Today (March 20) is the date of the vernal equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of Spring. Here in Wisconsin, however, we don’t call it Spring so much as we call it Still Winter. We Wisconsinites are of the attitude that winter isn’t entirely through with us until all the accumulated snow is gone and the last snowstorm is but a memory.
Regarding that first part of the equation, Madison’s somewhat drier- and warmer-than normal winter this year meant that the snow has been gone from the ground for weeks. However, the forecast is calling for snow later this coming week. Early spring or even mid-spring snowfall isn’t too much of a surprise in Wisconsin (this post from exactly one year ago has proof of that).