Spring fever is near

Published 10:52 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

If Winter comes, can spring be far behind? — Percy Bysshe Shelley 

The old tradition says if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter left until spring weather makes an appearance.

According to Punxsutawney Phil, there were still six more weeks of winter left as of Feb. 2.

However, the temperatures in Charlotte have been steadily warming up.

While all four seasons are equally important, I’ve noticed a trend that is not only prevalent in our little county, but across the country. As the temperatures begin to warm up, more activity starts to take place.

Cold weather in Charlotte proves for quiet with not a lot going on, however, as the air warms up, I’ve noticed more individuals out in the community exercising, socializing with friends or just casually driving around.

The warmer months also appear to be a time when outdoor sporting events, cookouts and festivals take place.

Spring in Charlotte means baseball season is right around the corner.

The ball fields will soon be loaded with spectators on Saturdays who embrace the baseball tradition within the county.

This observation about the weather and activities around the county leads me to a question: What is it about the warmer months that make people come alive? Of course, it may not be plausible to sit outside in freezing temperatures for an extended period of time, but even on the hottest days you’ll find people out enjoying the sunshine.

According to Inspiyr.com, there are a variety of benefits that come along with the warmer climate, which might explain its popularity. These benefits include an increase in Vitamin D levels and memory improvement.

While Charlotte appears to thrive during the warmer months, let us enjoy the time together as a community and support the many activities that county has to offer.

Italia Gregory is community editor of The Charlotte Gazette. Her email address is Italia.Gregory@TheCharlotteGazette.com.