Those with finely attuned olfactory senses might have noticed a faint sweetness in the air this past weekend. It's a sure sign that area almond orchards are blooming, along with ornamental cherry, plum and dogwood trees.
It's a sign of spring — one that, for this writer, comes at least a month too soon. To end the state's three-year drought, the Sierras desperately need one, two, or three more good blastings of snow. (And spring skiing conditions in mid-February is just not a good sign on that front.)
So while I'm enjoying my first day in sandals since late-October, I'd gladly take another month of being bundled up.