Nature doesn't listen to Dave Phillips or any other media reports on TV and radio. Spring is busting out all over the place. Cathy's crocus in the middle of our yard are telling us spring is here and mostly here to stay. The same crocus did not flower last year until May. An expensive spice is derived from crocus flowers. Do you know what it is? See answer below.
The ground is warm and coming into shape quickly. The best seed bed conditions are usually found during the first good dry spell. It is definitely time to plant alfalfa and spring cereals. If snow does arrive, it will melt and disappear in a blink of the eye.
The Weather Network is calling for normal temperature and precipitation going forward. That might mean a little snow, a little rain, a little sun. In other words, a typical April. Sounds like they agree with Dave. My money is on the crocus.
** Answer to crocus question. The spice is saffron. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world because it is made from the stigmas in the crocus flower head. These must be hand picked. Before you rush out and pick the stigmas from Cathy's crocus you need to know that saffrom can only be made from the saffron crocus. The saffron crocus flowers in the fall, not the spring.