I’ll be the first to say it. I think we have turned the corner on the weather in 2015. OK, so I may not have been the first to say it. Nevertheless, by all accounts, the bad weather, or at least the REALLY bad weather, is behind us. Today marks the first day of spring, and for most people in Buffalo, it’s a really great day.
This is one of the best times of the year. It doesn’t last long, and most people just want to fast-forward two more months until we get to the good stuff and the consistent, warm weather. For the record, so do I. In the meantime, I really appreciate the thawing out and change in temps this time of the year brings. To me, it brings a lot of good, and a little bit of bad with it.
Let’s start with the bad, and I’m not going to focus on it too much.
- The Dirt, Mud and Grime – Once this snow and ice starts to melt, you forget the amount of mud, dirt, garbage, dead leaves and whatever else was buried underneath it for the past three months. The scene doesn’t necessarily paint a beautiful landscape, but the it’s nature’s way of shedding away the fat to get back down to the nitty gritty. Give it a couple more weeks and the rain will wash it all away.
- The There, But Not Quite There, Feeling – Some people do not like the sensation of going in 75%. They need the whole thing, so this in-between 45-60 degree weather still doesn’t do it for them. I get that. I can respect that. It’s so close we can touch it. The 70 degree, sunny 12-hour days are right there, but still not close enough to permanently bust out the lawnmower for the season.
- Optimism Abound – Everyone just seems to be in a better mood. It’s a rough stretch in February when you’ve had just about enough of the cold and the snow. How many more times can you get up early to start your car, to shovel snow, or drive to work with a tank full of trepidation and worry of sliding down the 33. Happiness is creeping back into people’s lives. The little things don’t seem so bad anymore. The guy taking too long in line at Tim Hortons doesn’t bother you as much. It’s refreshing.
- Taking Off The Layers – It’s that time of the year when 40-50 degrees seems like it’s the middle of summer. All of the sudden you don’t need three layers of sweatshirts and jackets just to go to the bar. You can get by with a hoodie or a long sleeve shirt. You might even see the occasional guy walking around in shorts on Elmwood. The desire to shed layers and wear your spring and summer clothing skyrockets this time of the year. Start dusting off those sundresses, tanks, and sandals.
- Get Active – There are more people outside and more area to do stuff. OK, so you’re not going to see people lounging out and tanning at Canalside, but you will see more joggers around Delaware Park. There will definitely be more people out walking their dogs. Elmwood gets a little busier, and overall more people are out and active. That activity breathes a new vitality into the area, especially the city and commercial areas. Having more daylight certainly helps.
- The Beauty – The trees start to bloom. Flowers sprout up. All around, the scenery begins to change. The colors come through brighter, and no matter where you look, it seems a little better looking than it did in January and February. Beauty breeds life, and don’t forget about the animals. Birds, rabbits, squirrels start to come out of their hibernation and call this area home again.