Searching for the silver lining in the clouds – Smithers Interior News


Spring is my favorite season. I’m so excited about the emerging tulips and the warm sun on my face.

I start planning my vegetable garden and admire the buds on the trees. Baby deer are starting to roam my yard and hummingbirds are making a comeback. The whole season fills me with optimism. However, this spring has been difficult.

Last month was cold and rainy. April saw 27mm of precipitation and the average average temperature was just 2.4 degrees.

Compare that to April 2021 when Smithers saw an average average temperature of five degrees and just 5.4mm of rain fell.

Last week the snow fell. Mid-May saw snow. My daffodils started sprouting then gave up and died.

It’s easy to get bogged down. Spring is supposed to bring hope and rejuvenation and last April and early May was dark and exhausting.

The other day my girls went out, saw the rain falling and were so excited to jump in the puddles and chase the worms. We have so much to learn from children. I started to think that I should find joy in the rain too, or at least look for benefits from a slow start to summer.

I have family members who farm in the east and when they recently had an unexpected snowfall, a farmer posted on Facebook how excited he was.

He explained that snow and rain pick up nitrogen and particles such as sulfur from the atmosphere as they fall.

“They are thought to contribute up to 12 pounds per acre of soil nitrogen each year,” he wrote. “Not only does snow insulate my crops from freezing temperatures, but it also releases its nitrogen slowly as it melts (unlike rain). Even in cold temperatures, plants and nitrogen-fixing microbes can absorb this valuable nutrient. The best part is that it’s absolutely free! It’s good news when fertilizer prices explode! My fields will be vibrant and lush in no time.

Rainy and humid weather is also contributing to a slower start to the wildfire season.

The 2021 wildfire season in British Columbia was the third worst on record in terms of area burned. This season peaked much earlier than normal. There was already an evacuation alert in mid-April in Merritt.

This year, cooler temperatures and heavy rainfall have stifled activity at the start of the wildfire season.

With the long weekend approaching, it doesn’t look like we’ll have a campfire ban.

So it can be cold and rainy, but at least we can make a fire, with some s’mores to warm us up.

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