Spring has allegedly sprung in Metro Vancouver — but you might not know it based on the weather recently.
Numerous locals have taken to social media to share frustration over what they say has been a decidedly bad spring. One woman goes as far as to say that it is the "worst spring ever."
Other views are less extreme, such as former CKNW radio host Lynda Steele's, who simply says "this spring sucks so far."
A couple of people have commented that the season seems more like late fall or even winter. Ryan Voutilainen writes on Twitter that "today was more reminiscent of early November than early May in Vancouver."
Aside for some green leafed trees and the camera making it appear brighter than it was, today was more reminiscent of early November than early #May in #Vancouver. Our #LaNiña #spring continues in #BC.#ShareYourWeather #YVRwx #BCwx #BCstorm pic.twitter.com/2sSusHZf1g— Ryan Voutilainen 🇨🇦🇫🇮🇺🇦 (@RyanVoutilainen) May 6, 2022
This spring sucks so far. 🥶— Lynda Steele 🎙🌻 (@steeletalk) May 6, 2022
Worst Spring ever. pic.twitter.com/gRNyAyE9xW— AJ 🚆, but Taylor’s Version (@alyssa_jayne) May 5, 2022
Dressing for spring and being cold because Fuck it.— BdblE (@MsYouDoYou) May 5, 2022
Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Cnst. Lee Martin shared a meme that has gone viral on social media of late.
But it wasn't the first time the community police constable had shared the funny image on Twitter.
In April 2021, Martin shared the image and captioned it "Accurate #Vancouver." Now, he simply quipped, "So very tired…"
The image shows a pie chart that breaks Vancouver into a smorgasbord of "seasons." Some of them are real seasons, such as spring, summer, and fall, but the lion's share is clever interpretations of what the weather actually feels like in the city.
For instance, some of the "seasons" are just "rain" or "more rain." There's also a "smoke" season and even one that simply asks "are you tired yet?" A couple of "snowmageddons" are thrown in for good measure and the infamous "Juneuary" appears to be right around the corner in Vancouver town.
So very tired… https://t.co/Kn589QQbJF— Lee Marten (@Canuckula) May 6, 2022
Locals have previously described what they say is a "fool's spring" in the Lower Mainland: a time after the first cold snap in winter when temperatures warm up significantly and people believe the coldest part of the season is over. This is exactly where the "foolish" part comes in, however. Instead of continuing on the warming pattern—or even staying consistently warm—temperatures fall back down again. The "fool's spring" is then followed by a second winter and yet another "spring of deception." A third winter follows that season, too.
Is a fool's spring real? Environment Canada weighed in.