Just when we see a glimpse of spring we are quickly reminded by Mother Nature that warm temperatures are not yet something we can count on.
And no one is feeling the pain of our unpredictable weather and unseasonably cool temperatures more than our farmers.
Asparagus is behind schedule, and it's questionable whether we even will have cherries this year. A recent article in the Tri-City Herald showed losses even in small plots of outdoor crops that had been tented to protect them from the elements.
Crops that normally would be poking their fragile seedling heads out of the ground this time of year have been frozen to death instead of encouraged to grow by the sun's rays.
We have seen a glimmer of sun and been reminded what it's like to feel its warmth on our faces. But it has been just a teasing reminder of what we know we should be experiencing for weather in our usually glorious springtime.
And we're feeling ripped off.
But at least most of our livelihoods don't depend on the weather.
If farmers' crops have somehow survived so far, yields will surely be off and harvest times behind schedule. All types of measures have been deployed to salvage fruit, but machines can only do so much in the battle with Mother Nature.
Of course, what happens to Washington's 39,000 farms doesn't stay on the farm. Agriculture is a huge part of not only the Mid-Columbia's economy but also plays a hand in the entire state's fiscal health.
Consider this assessment of agriculture's impact from the Washington State Department Department of Agriculture:
* The state's $35 billion food and agriculture industry employs 160,000 people and contributes 11 percent to the state's economy.
* Almost $11 billion in food and agricultural products were exported through Washington ports in 2009, the third largest total in the U.S.
At least Washington's farmers -- and the rest of us -- have been spared from the tornadoes and wildfires plaguing much of the nation. We did get a little earthquake or two, a subtle reminder that we're not immune from natural disasters.
The disasters visited on other parts of our country and the world can make a little unpleasant weather seem downright trivial.
But, still, we want and need our sunshine. That's one of the benefits of living in the Mid-Columbia, isn't it?
We all know weather can be unpredictable and unforgiving. But we sure would like to get back to those 300 days of sunshine we're supposed to see here each year.
But for most of us, the bad weather is just something to complain about.
Living by the forecast and dying by its results is reality for farmers. They have our empathy and all of our wishes that the weather improves soon.