Letter from the Editor: Stepping into Spring

By Blaine Howerton, Editor
North Forty News

My annual spring fever makes an appearance.

Snow on, snow off. Welcome to midwinter in Colorado! As I write this, some forecasters are saying we will get 3 inches, the National Weather Service is saying 6 to 8 inches, and some websites are reporting up to 12 inches possible. All we can do is anticipate the snow and prepare for it.

Last year during spring break in March we were caught in a major snowstorm. I was lucky enough to be in the desert with 70 degree weather at the time.

According to the National Weather Service, the most humidity in our region occurs in May. On average, over the past ten years, Fort Collins has averaged 2.7 inches of precipitation in May. I was wondering, how much snow is that equivalent to? A quick internet search led me to a snow depth calculator. According to omnicalculator.com, that’s equivalent to 27 inches of snow! So I’m not complaining. Bring it on. We need moisture for our crops, our drinking water reservoirs and our forests.

In my experience (as a Colorado native), April and May are the craziest weather months. I NEVER plant my outdoor garden before Mother’s Day. But now I’m almost desperate to see any plant life, so I resort to my indoor Aerogarden and put outdoor plants in pots, so I can move them indoors if it freezes.

I hope the biting cold is behind us. The freezing sub-zero temperatures make me want to catch a flight to somewhere warm like Nevada. Oh wait – I’m doing this this weekend! Thanks to Avelo Airlines, you can now take a one-hour flight directly from Fort Collins/Loveland Regional Airport to Las Vegas without the hassle and wasted time of Denver International Airport madness.

Annie, our new VP of Community Engagement, has flown off to the desert. She “taunted” me with pictures of the desert near Lake Mead.

All of which brings us to our cover story. Hopefully this gives some of our readers some ideas to keep “walking” into spring.




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