It was too good to last. Spring has a way of teasing us in the middle of winter, enticing those flowering trees and fooling all of us in to thinking we somehow circumvented winter. Nope. Winter still has a firm grip on the northern hemisphere, in fact, March 20 is the first day of spring. So get used to Mother Nature flipping the light switch for another few weeks.

Meanwhile hail was abound today (Wednesday, Feb. 16) pelting most of the county. Yesterday it was wind and rain. Tomorrow? Just another day in paradise…

Hail storms roll across Alexander Valley, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011 as a cold pool of air settles over northern California, bringing with it low snow levels, biting wind and heavy rain. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Hail storms roll across Alexander Valley, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011 as a cold pool of air settles over northern California, bringing with it low snow levels, biting wind and heavy rain. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

A Santa Rosa Junior College student battles the wind and rain as she tries to close her umbrella before catching a ride home, Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter