Categories Uncategorized The Springing of Spring, 2019 Post author By John Scalzi Post date April 9, 2019 46 Comments on The Springing of Spring, 2019 It’s a nice spring day here at the Scalzi Compound. I even went for a walk. How is it where you are? Share: By John Scalzi I enjoy pie. View Archive → ← How Not to Congratulate Someone → The Big Idea: Michael Moreci 46 replies on “The Springing of Spring, 2019” Looks like rain. Luckily, I have a copy of Collapsing Empire on hand, which I somehow neglected to read when it first came out. Raining and flooding. Not so much here in Portland (OR), but the areas south of here have been hit bad. There were peacocks on the hedge this morning. Harbinger of More Peacocks, I guess. It was warm, sunny, and breezy here in the south of California today. Love it here. Beautiful to cooling today, Irish cold and rainy on Wednesday, A Dakota slap of blizzarding snow and wind on Thursday, and by Sunday back to beautiful. Winter Storm Wesley approaching South Eastern South Dakota. Sunny and rainy, but I haven’t caught any rainbows yet. I think the big spring storm that’s supposed to hit most of the country has skirted around us. In Ohio, its beautiful, sunny, and cold, (but then I’m an old lady, and we don’t start feeling the warmth until it hits about 80 degrees,) Seen that viral video of pollen in Durham? Yeah, we’re less than an hour west of there. Fun times. Blue sky and gusty winds here. All the trees turned green, like, last week. All at once: Blam! It’s a beautiful spring day today in MN. Expecting winter tomorrow. Northern Alberta: sunny (so sunny), most of the snow is gone. We are transitioning into sand and gravel season, until we see the annual migration of street sweepers passing through the town. Currently clear, breezy and lower 60s Fahrenheit, so pretty much an ideal April evening. Tomorrow morning, of course, we are expecting a mini-blizzard, because April. Expecting a blizzard and up to 16 inches of snow tomorrow. Thanks for asking. 90 and humid in Waco. But I’ll take that over the tornados we had last weekend. It’s. Fucking. Snowing. It was all windy this am, but has bloomed into a nice sunny day here in San Francisco. It’s been a wet winter and spring – more rain than Seattle! Here in Upper Pogonippia (non-flooded part of U.S. Midwest), trees are bursting into bloom. 96 degree record at the airport today in West Texas. 99.7 on our thermometer here at the house, It’s a beautiful spring day here, but this being Colorado, winter is coming. Tomorrow. Sometime in the afternoon. And then spring will be back on Friday. Go figure. In Oklahoma, next door to me, there is an incredibly beautiful deep azalea pink crabapple tree in full bloom. It smells delicate and sweet on a north breeze. And the dogwoods are just starting to flower. Pink or white. My pansies are going strong in my backyard. But we are unseasonably warm… a high of 90 today which is just weird and wrong and six weeks to early. A dark cloud on the otherwise lovely horizon of spring. I hear tell that Tornado Alley is actually moving east. Weird and something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Happy walkies. Beautiful here today in SoCal. Took an alternate route home that led me past miles of orange groves, with trees in full bloom, and it smelled amazing. 10/10 would do again. In the 60s clear as a bell, one beautiful day in Stirling City!!! N. Cal. Most beautiful place on the planet!!!☺☺😉 Cold and rainy today in Yokohama, Japan. (Twas beautiful yesterday, however. Got in a nice walk viewing the sakura.) We had about 3 inches of snow, up here in Ottawa, Canada In the 80s here in Austin, hummingbirds battling over the feeders, and my bonfire peach trees are covered in tiny fuzzy peaches to be. Roses are all about to bloom and the bluebonnets are still in full color on all the roadsides. 90 degrees in Covina yesterday, but low 80’s today. Pretty rainy over here, although I did get to wear shorts last week. So it’s heading towards spring! Unrelenting heat here in the Philippines. We had a couple of rainy days with some nice storms, here in Barcelona. At last it looks like spring is here! Winter has been awful ’cause, for the last four or five years in a row, it hasn’t looked like winter: it was so light and warm (warmest since there are temperature records) that it was an almost-spring. I don’t need to remind you all why this is a Very Bad Sign… But yeah, rain! Give me rain and storm! And give me back my winter, please! Maybe another kitten will find you. The Mississippii still at serious flood stage outside my studio windows. Sunshine and showers hear in SW Scotland, where the merry sound of birdsong is interrupted only by the pneumatic drills of a telecoms provider digging up a road which was regrade less than a month ago(!!!) to put in a trench for new cables. The regrading was done, of course, because the joins from all the old trenches had started to disintegrate after all the rain and frost. I don’t know why they didn’t do it when they had the surface up for the regrading. Sorry that turned into a rant there, anyway; sunshine and showers and birdsong when the birds are given the chance. Hey Lianne – did you get the hail too? I think spring lasts an afternoon in Ottawa and then moves straight to summer. Today in Albuquerque it’s going to be windy. Really windy. As in National Weather service issuing a high wind warning windy. In other words, a typical Spring day here at the ABQ. There’s a winter storm of biblical proportions thundering across the plains toward Minnesota like the giant Fist Of Zeus, or the totality of all the stuff all the cats in the world have pushed off tables since, let’s say, 1956. (Damn, that’s good writing.) Trudging to the refrigerator for a leftover-stuffed-burrito does not count as a walk. You even pulled up a chair so you wouldn’t need to stand up while grazing… Beautiful day: clear skies, relatively low temperatures. Langley Air Force Base’s F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightnings were playing in the sky, barrel-rolling, twisting to and fro, drowning out the artillery practice from Fort Eustis. Pistils and stamens were indulging in discreet (though sneezy) sex. Ain’t nature grand! Getting ready for a blizzard here in northern Colorado! Clear blue skies here in Greenville,SC. Low in the 80’s with a delicate coat of yellow – green pollen EVERYWHERE. The azaleas off our deck are starting to flower and the 14th fairway of Holly Trees CC is greening up nicely. Cocktails on the deck at 5:30. Salad and a Carolina shrimp boil at 6:00, then off to see a play entitled “Leaving Iowa” – all proceeds from the evening going to the Ronald McDonald House. Two seats at the table still available. John, a while back you mentioned a friend, Brian (?) Woo (?) who was running for office somewhere. What happened? Who won? (I hope it was your friend.) I live about 75 miles north of you so about the same. Supposed to get some rain Friday, but I hope it stays away until Saturday afternoon. I get my camper out of winter storage Saturday morning. During the summer I keep it on a concrete pad in the back yard which can turn into a squishy mess after a good rain, making it hard to park it on the pad. Last 2 years it (and my Tacoma pick up) got stuck in the mud for about 4 – 5 days. Not that anyone here is PC, a polar chauvinist, but I can’t help but notice everybody here is from north of the equator. Where it’s spring. Meanwhile, in Central Alberta, it is usually above freezing at night, but not every night, not yet. Denver CO: Yesterday 82 degrees with spring flowers (daffodils, crocus, early tulips, forsythia, etc.) in bloom everywhere; today 22 (windchill 11) with Winter Storm Wesley dropping about 5 inches of snow so far. Today was sunny and breezy here in Fresno and not as cold as it was yesterday on one of the windiest days I’ve seen in the 40-plus years I’ve lived here. We had gusts upwards of 50 mph yesterday. Very springy as well, tulips everywhere. But that might be because of the tulip festival Blizzard. Trees blooming like crazy, no spring bulbs yet. Probably another week. Those of you in the blizzard zone, I hope your power stays on and your furnace keeps furnace-ing! It’s rainy in Seattle. 50-ish days, 40-ish nights. Trees are budding, cherry blossoms coming into the tail end of bloom. Comments are closed.