Friday, March 20, 2009
La Nina has been kinder to Madison this year than it was last year
Green things like these tulips are tentatively poking their heads out of the ground on the first day of spring. What a difference a year makes. On this Friday a year ago, we had our last big snowstorm of a long, hard winter -- one that added to the already record snowfall by topping the 100-inch mark before the weekend was over.
This year, although we started the winter ahead of even last year's record snowfall pace, we soon tapered off. Not so coincidentally, last winter we were going through a major La Nina event in the Pacific, and this winter the La Nina was much milder and has already started abating.
If you want to follow the progress of these tulips I've started a one-a-day Flickr set you can bookmark if you want to revisit them: Time Lapse Tulip Sequence.