Spring is just around the corner (March 19th!) and none too soon. Many Canadians have already started to plan for their summer vacation and, with the rising COVID-19 concerns, are likely going to be keeping closer to home. Campgrounds and lake resorts will be booking up quickly this year.
Canadian lakes will be busier than usual with more staycationers than usual and many are already making plans to ready their RVs, campers and boats for the upcoming season. In recent years, readiness often includes adding custom decals and wraps to water toys and other recreational vehicles to make them stand out from the crowd.
Customized vinyl decals, like the ones below, can really show off your personal style.
Or how about a full or partial vinyl wrap to even further differentiate yourself on water or on land?
Spring Forecast for Western Canada
So what does spring look like for Western Canada this year? As a seasoned Calgarian, I am always anxious to know when the weather is going to start getting warmer - and stay! We often look to different sources to try and determine just when spring is going to arrive, so I did a little research and thought I would share some of my findings with you.
One of the fan favourites in the Canada and the US is looking to Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day for a prediction. This year good old Phil couldn’t find his shadow, which is supposed to mean that we are in for an early spring. Great news, however, don’t lay your bets just yet as Punxsutawney Phil is only right 39% of the time. Not great odds, when you consider that you have a better chance (50%, that is) by simply flipping a coin.
Besides groundhogs, did you know there are many other animals that are "known" for predicting the weather? Long before our meteorology technology was finessed, farmers not only looked to the skies, but also often looked to animals for their own weather predictions. Many still find these other sources to be more reliable than modern technology.
Based on animal weather folklore, these include:
Wolves –known to always howl more before a storm.
Cows – when a cow tries to scratch their ear or lies down in the pasture, showers are supposed to be near.
Robins – singing in the bush, weather will be coarse; signing on the barn, weather will be warm.
Deer and Elk – come down from the mountains at least 2 days before a storm.
Cats – sneezing predicts rain.
To learn more about animal weather folklore, check out these two fun articles. “Can Animals Predict the Weather?” (Farmer’s Almanac) and “10 Ways Animals Supposedly Predict the Weather” (science.howstuffworks.com).
Sorry, I digress! Getting back to our spring forecast ...
In true meteorological style, The Weather Network recently released their Spring Forecast 2020, which advises that most Canadians will need to be patient to see the arrival of consistent warm weather. The good news for BC and West/Southern Alberta is that they are predicting above normal spring temperatures and near normal precipitation, however, it may be a rocky start with colder than normal weather during March and into April.
Before you know it, winter will be over! So start gearing up for a seasonally warm spring and get those recreational vehicles out of hibernation. For ideas on how you can jazz up your toys with some awesome, eye catching custom graphics, give us a call. Our team of graphics experts will be more than happy to assist you!
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