Here in New York we are beginning to believe the winter will never end. We missed Punxsutawney Phil's Groundhog Day message earlier this month because the regular coverage was pre-empted by the news of yet another snow storm. But, rejoice. I have news of spring. This morning, as I walked through still mostly snow-covered Central Park I spotted the first green shoots of what will soon be a blooming crocus. There, amidst the long brown leaves of last fall, were the unmistakable signs that somehow through that frozen earth, spring would not be denied. I will go back to look again soon. For where there are crocuses, there often soon daffodils and lilies of the valley. They are a hearty bunch these soldiers on the front lines of spring. Determined to conquer the dark and cold. And willing to withstand winters last onslaughts.
Just a minute. I'm Harry Smith, CBS News.