In the past few years, my method of determining the TRUE arrival of spring was to observe the melting of Mount Hussey. When it melted, spring was OFFICIALLY here, with no fear of a cold snap or another dumping of snow.
This worked well in 2007 and 2008 (spring arrived on April 20th and April 14th respectively), but the bizarre thaws of the last few weeks have totally blown my predictions for this year: Mount Hussey has already melted but we're still getting wintry weather.
I'm sad about the weather, but I'm also sad that my much-touted, pseudo-scientific approach will not become enshrined in the Farmer's Almanac. We must return to our more logical and empirical methods of predicting spring.