March 20, the first day of spring, is just a day away. I was looking over some photos from March 2010 and 2011 of the stretch of the Moose Horn River that flows through my property and was struck by the differences between then and now. The snow was melting rapidly, there was a lot of rain, and the air was warm. On March 24, 2010 I was canoeing down the flooded river on a warm sunny day. I doubt that will happen this year before April.
Today there is about 20 inches of snow on the ground. In the last four days almost 6 inches of snow have fallen. Temperatures have swung wildly from -16 to +40 but on average the temperatures are in the upper 20’s so it’s not that cold most of time. The river, although open in a few spots that never froze over all winter, is still ice-covered.
So here is a brief photo record of three days in March from the years 2010, 2011, and 2013 taken at the same location on my part of the river. Unfortunately, I have no photo records of the river for March 2012. It was very warm though and by March 31, 2012 the garlic was coming up in my garden.