The increased day length is deeply appreciated.
As yet, the world is still coated in snow and ice, and the only buds I have seen swollen were on a red maple by the brook.
We are in the tail end of a prolonged winter.
Today is the day to get out there!
The forecast is for warmth and melting.
And you should enjoy today, as tonight rain is likely, and tomorrow it will rain.
There is even a weather advisory for tomorrow from the NWS:
THERE WILL BE PERIODS OF HEAVY RAINFALL AS LOW PRESSURE PASSES NORTH OF THE REGION THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT. THIS ALONG WITH MILD TEMPERATURES WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT SNOW MELT ACROSS THE REGION. THIS COMBINATION MAY CAUSE SOME AREA RIVER LEVELS TO APPROACH FLOOD STAGE. STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER FORECAST UPDATES ON THE AREA RIVERS.
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The 7:00 a.m. Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):
Temperature is 21.6 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 60% and steady;
Pressure is 30.18" of Hg and steady;
There is no movement of wind;
The skies are clear;
Both channels of the Cascades Brook are flowing, and there is a skim of ice in spots;
The Cascades are still buried in snow and ice;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!
National Weather Service Forecast:
Increasing clouds, with a high near 43.
Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the morning