Winter’s reign is at an end, but most years will not see it go quietly. The sun is as strong as that of September, while the remnants of arctic cold linger across Canada. Should they collide in just the right fashion with mild spring rains heading north, winter recaptures its glory one more time, spawning a storm of heavy wet snow to temporarily delay the arrival of spring weather. And yet winter in March is merely a grand finale, a marvelous conclusion, for after each snowstorm, the awakening spring warmth migrates back to the north, red-winged blackbirds and robins acting as the ambassadors from the southern states. Thriving on these contrasts of warmth and cold, the first runs of sap in the maple trees send billowing clouds of steam up from the sugar houses, a promise of “sweeter” days ahead.
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