March 7th, 2013

hasui hirakawa morning

Mutabile semper

As suddenly as the days get short in autumn-- dark at 7 when only a few weeks ago there was sun at 8!-- they grow longer in spring: still light at 6 when only a fortnight ago it was blue dusk. Daylight saving will make that change even more abrupt when it cuts in on Saturday night. I rather disapprove the clocks going forward in March and not April; Daylight Saving was always a spring thing, and March in these latitudes is still winter. Usually.

Because I look at TWN's stats and am reminded that the all-time high for March 8 was 22C in 2000. Which makes me wonder if 2000 was that vaguely-recalled year when it was so warm in March that all the trees budded and bloomed prematurely and there was nothing left for April and May to do. But my ever unreliable memory says it was a string of days in late March that brought all the leaves out, not a spike early in the month. I actually remember 2000 rather well-- it was famously the year that the hottest weekend fell in early May, and the rest of the summer was much better behaved.
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