The birds are chirping and the sun is shining. They’re signs of an early spring. With the lack of snow on the ground, farmers are expecting a much different growing season and one city recreation site is already set to open. Masich Place Stadium will open its gates to the public at dawn Saturday.
Chris Bjorn with The City of Prince George says the facility will be open about three weeks earlier than normal. “We’ve cleaned the track so people can start to walk on there, we have a little bit of bleacher clean-up to do yet, but everybody is itching to get out there and get active so we’re opening it up.”
Other parks and fields in the city will open up on May 1st depending on the weather. The signs of early spring are here. Street sweepers are out a couple of weeks early and some green-thumbs have already started planting in their gardens. Although, local farmer, Phil Myatovic from Cariboo Growers Farm isn’t holding his breath despite most of the snow having melted off of his field. “Planting of the crops probably won’t occur until we get into the right orbit, we’ve got a tilt towards the sun, I mean it can be very warm, but it’s not for sure.”
According to longtime UNBC weather expert, Peter Jackson, the early jolt of warmth Prince George residents have experienced this year is due to a global circulation pattern called, El Nino. The pattern occurs every four to seven years and this is the strongest occurrence since the late 1990’s. “It impacts us mainly in temperature and mainly in the winter and through the spring. We’ve had a very mild winter and it’s starting out to be a very mild and warm spring as well and that’s what’s predicted to happen for the next few months,” said Jackson
Although meteorologists can’t predict how early or late a season will run, the spring equinox on Sunday marks the start of longer days, which means warmer temperatures for those looking to enjoy the outdoors.