March 1 might be meteorological Spring in the northern hemisphere, but in Maine true Spring doesn’t come until April. And it isn’t until May that Spring, in a froth of blossoms, really kicks up her heels.
Unfortunately, March in Maine begins in snow and ends in mud. March always feels like a kind of purgatory, an in-between time that seems to last more than its thirty-one days.
However, there are some bright spots in this miserable month. One of them is the return of Snow-Gauge Clif, who, with his trusty yardstick—or snow gauge as readers have dubbed it—makes his appearance the first Monday of March. Then each Monday, until the snow has gone away, Clif is out in the yard, measuring the ebbing snow. (When you live in Maine, north of north, such activities are wicked exciting as we Mainers would say.)
So drum roll, please! Here is Snow-Gauge Clif’s first 2022 appearance.
In the front yard the snow depth is 14 inches.
In the backyard, where the snow depth is also 14 inches. As you can see, Clif takes this noble job very seriously.
How long will it take for the snow to leave our yard? We always hope it will be gone by April 22, our youngest daughter’s birthday as well as Earth Day. But we shall see.
Let the melting begin!