Signs of spring in central Arizona; flood worries back home in Manitoba
There are signs of spring in the greater Phoenix area.
Baseball spring training is underway. Tourists, locals, and winter visitors flock to take in games of the 15 teams training as part of the Cactus League.
Over the last week, trees have greened and bushes have started flowering. Wildflowers are blooming. Websites, such as DesertUSA, Wild in Arizona and the Desert Botanical Garden Wildflower Infosite, track wildflower sightings. The Arizona State Parks Ranger Cam site provides information on wildflower and cactus blooms in state parks.
Weather forecast sites report daily pollen counts. All days this week have a high index, which explains my itchy watery eyes.
Back home in Canada, snow still blankets southern Manitoba, although temperatures above freezing should start the melting process. On Tuesday, March 26, 2013 the Province of Manitoba released its first 2013 spring flood forecast. There is an increased risk of major flooding due to an above average snowpack and heavy March snowfall.
Although the flood potential is still very dependent on weather conditions from now until spring melt, it is thankfully significantly lower than in 2011 due to soil moisture conditions. But spring in Manitoba will involve watching the sky and the ground before thinking about the buds on trees and plants.
What signs of spring do you see?