As Valentine’s Day 2013 comes around, so do signs of an early spring. For much of Western Oregon, this winter has been a relatively mild one. With much of the nation reporting record snow and rainfall, Eugene has experience neither. In-fact, late fall and early winter has been dryer than normal, and some area residents are expressing alarm as to the lack of precipitation
This Examiner knows better, and will gratefully accept a break from the normal rain soaked deluge that is “normal’ Western Oregon weather. “ Don’t like the weather in Oregon? Wait a minute it will change,” says Willamette Valley native John Forester. At nearly 90, (he’s not saying,) Forester has witnessed snow in June, 70 degree temperatures in December, and 30 degree mornings in late August. “Oregon’s Oregon! Weather here is unpredictable, always has been,” says Forester!
While Eugene doesn’t have a predicting groundhog, it does have a famous duck. This Oregon Duck predicts that Eugene and area will experience an early spring. Today we set out to capture some photographic evidence of a pending early spring. Flower buds; blooms; rosebuds; bulb sprouts; and a caterpillar walking down the street, were just a few signs of spring captured this day in February.
Taking a look at historical rain fall averages, temperature and other climate trend indicators for Eugene, one finds that we’re a little warmer and a little dryer than the norm. The 10 day weather forecast predicts temperatures returning to the 40s the middle of next week. I wouldn’t be planting a vegetable garden quite yet!
Wishing all a happy and healthy early spring!