For the sake of argument let's just call it - oh I don't know - global warming. People in most parts of the country enjoyed a dry, mild winter and an astonishingly early and HOT spring. It's the sort of thing that's expected to recur more and more often. It's nice until the bill arrives.
And arrive it has including in the Ottawa valley.
An unusually dry winter and spring has Ottawa-area farmers dipping into their water reserves and concerned about what they say could be a bad growing season.
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority last week declared a low water advisory after they said the spring flood peak arrived two weeks earlier than normal and was one of the lowest on record.
...Robin Turner, who runs the Roots and Shoots vegetable farm in Manotick, said the dry soil means he has been able to get an early start to working the land.
"It's super dry," said Turner. "The fields are so easy to work right now we've been out there disking and plowing and getting ready for the season, so it's actually been very good."
Turner said he is concerned however, that if things stay dry many of the crops he plants won't survive the season.
More worrisome to Turner, however, is that the local climate has been prone to extremes.
"In the five years I've been farming in the Ottawa area, we've had a record something every year," said Turner. "Every single year there's a new record set. And in terms of stability it's not something we want."