Archive for March 17th, 2008

More than green beer

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I didn’t wear any green today, and I didn’t drink any green beer. However I did find the article about the historical Saint Patrick that I found on Randall’s blog quite interesting.

Has spring sprung?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Last week someone at the office emailed us all stating that he’d heard and seen a crow, therefore spring had arrived in Prince Albert. We were having some warm weather, so I didn’t have the heart to argue with him. Then this morning I woke up to the weatherman informing me that the outside temperature was minus 23 C.

I emailed my co-worker informing him that his crow had died of exposure.

Someone else pointed out a piece of folklore which states that spring arrives seven snows after the first crow.

When does spring actually arrive? Having a somewhat analytical inclination, I rather like the precision of Canada’s National Research Council, which states that spring will arrive this year on March 19 at 11:48 p.m. CST (i.e. March 20 at 5:48 a.m. UTC) which apparently is the minute the sun crosses the equator from south to north, i.e. the Vernal Equinox.

However it just seems wrong to call it spring when the temperature is minus 20 C, so I’ve decided that, for me, spring will arrive when the ice breaks on the North Saskatchewan River at Prince Albert. I’m predicting that event will happen on April 12 this year (which is likely to coincide fairly closely with seven snows after the first crow).

(Does this flexible view of the true arrival of spring mean that I’m adopting a post-modern worldview?)