Although the calendar told us that spring officially arrived last Thursday, Mother Nature, as usual, has decided on her own time frame for when she will allow spring to be sprung.
As we are writingÂ thisÂ editorialÂ at the beginning ofÂ the week, theÂ weatherman is telling usÂ thatÂ temperatures will remain below freezing all day for the next two days and then a major coastal snowstorm will descend upon us mid-week, delivering up to a foot or more of snow,Â before conditions return to a more normal weather pattern by the end ofÂ the week.
None of this should be surprising. Weâ€™ve had anÂ unusually cold winter, thanks to all of those polar vortexes that spun our way, and it will take aÂ while before the Arctic loosens its icy grip on us. But even inÂ general terms, those of us who live in coastal New England never have a spring to speak of. Coastal breezes, bringing in the air from Â the 40-degree ocean water, keep us cool, even though temperatures may be 15 degrees higher just 10 milesÂ inland.
The forecasts for Tuesday-into-Wednesdayâ€™s storm Â remind us of the April Foolâ€™s Blizzard of 1997, which dumped moreÂ than two feet of snow in this area in a 24 hour period, making it what at the time was one of the four largestÂ snowstorms ever to hit Greater Boston.
So Mother Nature is up to her usual tricks. And as always, to paraphrase the well-known saying, theÂ weather will be something we will all talk about, but none of usÂ all be able to do anythingÂ about it.