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March 20, 2014

Our view: Goodbye winter, hello spring

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Budgets already stretched thin have passed the breaking point. Everything is more expensive — fuel, food, health care for winter maladies, even entertainment — when outdoor activity is limited by ice and extreme cold.

When The Weather Channel affixes a name to yet another incoming storm, we sink deeper, not because of the ridiculous practice, but rather because there is yet another storm to name.

Utilities send out notices about their preparedness for the next attack as regularly as they do pink slips to those struggling with winter rates.

As frustrating as the next unsettling forecast is the fact there’s no one to blame. Global warming? We could use some. Meteorologists? Well, they get some predictions wrong, but they don’t actually create the weather. The next-door neighbor who has blown snow your way for the past four months? He’s got to put it somewhere.

Climatologists and old New Englanders point to patterns, cycles, extremes much worse than this winter. They scoff at the endless questions about breaking records. It’s winter; it’s New England.

Well, spring officially arrives today. Enjoy the 50 degree temperatures while you can. It’s expected to be back in the 30s by Sunday. We have visions of a hat- and mitten-wearing crowd at the Red Sox Fenway Park opener in a few weeks.

It’s time to turn the tables on the Mother Nature personified in the Chiffon margarine commercial years ago.

It’s not nice to fool us, Mother Nature.

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