I can "assess" the weather in other parts of the country by the fresh produce available at the grocery store. We live where winter is not conducive to fresh veggies.
This week's special is lovely, young tender shoots of asparagus. We'll be harvesting our own come May/June but right now we're eating this!
Asparagus is an early spring crop and loves those first days of warm sun. Somewhere spring/summer has arrived and the first shoots of asparagus are popping up daily. The stalks shoot upward and then, as warmer weather arrives, they will branch out into wide ferny arrays which are quite pretty but not very edible. Harvesters cut them before they reach that ferny stage and ship them to us. To eat Fresh. Yum!