The last traces of snow will be gone from my yard today and these evergreen bunching onions have been enjoying the warmth and sun. Being buried in snow all winter didn't bother them at all.
As I've said before, one of the luxuries of small-scale gardening is the freedom to roll the dice against bad weather. Lettuce, spinach, radishes, turnips, and peas are going in this weekend; worst case is that I lose an afternoon and a few packets of seeds. According to the CPC March-April-May seasonal outlook, it is likely to be another warm and dry spring in Northern Colorado on account of the strong La Nina conditions:
THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR MARCH FAVORS ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS MOST OF THE SOUTH FROM NEW MEXICO EASTWARD... ACROSS THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS... AND ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD FROM FLORIDA NORTHWARD THROUGH THE NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC. BELOW-AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ARE MOST LIKELY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ALSO IN SOUTHERN ALASKA AND THE ALASKAN PANHANDLE. THE OBSERVED BELOW-AVERAGE SSTS ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST FAVOR A CONTINUATION OF BELOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE TEMPERATURE FORECAST OVER THE REST OF THE CONUS AND ALASKA IS CONSISTENT WITH OBSERVATIONS FROM PREVIOUS STRONG LA NINA EPISODES. THE TEMPERATURE FORECAST IN THESE REGIONS IS ALSO SUPPORTED BY THE SMLR AND THE CCA, AS WELL AS UPDATED FORECASTS FROM THE CFS.
THE PRECIPITATION FORECAST FOR MARCH USED FEBRUARY - APRIL LA NINA COMPOSITES AS THE STARTING POINT, WHICH INDICATES MEAN DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE ENTIRE SOUTHERN U.S. AND WETTER THAN AVERAGE CONDITIONS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND IN THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS. INDICATIONS IN THE SHORT TERM FAVORED EXPANDING THE REGION IN THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS INTO PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST... AND SCALING BACK SOME OF THE DRY IN THE SOUTHEAST. DRIER THAN AVERAGE CONDITIONS ARE ALSO FAVORED IN SOUTHERN ALASKA... AS INDICATED BY THE CFS AND THE CCA.