...is late this year. For the past two weeks we've had snow or below zero temperatures every day.
This has many potential repercussions (short summer, late salmon, ice jams in the rivers which lead to floods), but right now I am most worried about the Alaskan lottery.
Every year I buy tickets to guess (down to the minute) when the ice will go out on the Nenana River (about 50 miles south of Fairbanks), knocking over the tripod, and showering some lucky gambler with hundreds of thousands of dollars. A late breakup means many of us selected days that, in all likelihood, will be too early.
How do you know when spring has arrived in your area?