There are several ways in Western New York to tell when spring is on the way and most of those ways are some of the most Buffalo ways around.

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Some of the important calendar landmarks I'm thinking about are things like:

Another surefire way to know when spring is on the way is when Maid of the Mist Corp. begins to rewater the boats for the year. Given the weird winter we've had this year, it looks like that's going to happen a little later in the month, but one Facebook user caught a glimpse of one a boat of somekind in the waters in the Niagara Gorge.

Facebook User Tina Johnson / HIKE WNY Facebook Group
Facebook User Tina Johnson / HIKE WNY Facebook Group

While this boat isn't from the Maid of the Mist Fleet, this is the earliest I can remember hearing about any sort of boat being in the water doing shakedown runs.

I can't wait to be able to hop aboard one of the Maid of the Mist's two vessels, James V. Glynn and Nikola Tesla. The pair of vessels are catamaran-style boats that are fully electric-powered. They replaced the company's fleet of diesel-powered boats that had been in service for several years. The new boats have the same capacity as the diesel ones and produce zero emissions.

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I know I will be very happy when spring finally bounces into town for good because I am really looking forward to taking my snowbrush out of my car. However, that won't be happening anytime soon as another winter weather advisory has been issued for many parts of New York State, and at least 6 inches of snow is expected in the short-term.

Maid Of The Mist in Niagara Falls

The Maid of the Mist with boats in the waters of the Lower Niagara River, near the brink of Niagara Falls

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