March and April are transitional months leading into
spring. Either one may have periods of very wintery
weather (time to go out and have fun winter hiking, snowshoeing, skiing,
skating, ice fishing, fat tire biking, curling and the most fun
of all, shoveling our roofs, walks and driveways!) and
also periods when warm weather conditions send us
hunting for short sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals.
Keep in mind that cold weather and storms during these
months create circumstances we need to pay serious attention to and
be prepared for. There may be days when we need to be
prepared for what is essentially summer weather as well.
The best part is having to be prepared for both, one on
the heels of the other and it does happen.
Temperatures may invite light clothing, snow may be
mostly gone, water levels are average and suddenly the
forecast indicates the possibility of hard rain with
potential flooding followed by major snowfall, cold
temperatures and wind. Also important to keep in
mind is that ice, thick and safe "just last week" will,
sooner or later, turn into a death trap. Even after ice
is gone, keep in mind that no matter how nice the day
is, water temperature will be low and survival in it
short. Have fun - and be aware.