Spring is here, but not exactly the way we might hope. Today we had beautiful sunshine, but the temperatures hung out in the 40s, about 10 degrees below what is considered "normal" for this time of year. Not only that, we had three or four inches of new snow overnight. Do these pictures look like April or more like January? Most of the snow we got last night seemed to melt during the day, and the snow is settling, so we are getting rid of it - but slowly. Which is probably a good thing. Later this week we are going to have some rain, and that could change everything. More water, more mud. Right now the roads are ok - only the apron coming off of Route 2 is really bad, and that's mainly potholes and washboard. There are some ruts that will no doubt become mud bogs soon and the road is already greasy as the frost comes out a little each day. It's going to get worse before it gets better.
We've had some people letting us know the web cams at the Ice-Out site are not operating. Diane Rossi knows and she is working on that. It seems to be a problem with the internet, not the cameras. She said it's difficult to figure out because sometimes they are fine, then for no apparent reason, there's nothing there. Just know that Diane is working on it, and we'll keep you posted. Technology is fine, but finicky.
Tickets are still coming in - some from New Zealand and from Texas and Arizona were mailed on March 31st, but are just getting to us. Those western states may still be using pony express. We know it always takes a couple of weeks to clear the pipeline, and even when they are all in, we won't have a count of total tickets for several more weeks until Henretta gets them all logged in. Patience. We'll know how many tickets have been sold this year well before the ice goes out, I'm pretty sure.