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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 11 2014

Weather Talk: Late winter/early spring season of disappointment

We talk about having a full, four-season climate here in the northern Plains, but I have always thought we really have five distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter, and late winter/early spring. This fifth season is what we have now. It is not really winter anymore, but it is certainly not spring, either.

Spring is the time when the grass turns green, the tulips bloom and the trees leaf out. That happens in late April and May. In March and early April, the snow melts and the ground thaws, but this is a slow and irregular process.

It is a season of low expectations. I mean, most of us actually think 40 degrees is a warm day. And most years, just as the snow is about all melted, we get another storm and have to wait another week or two for that to melt. If this season were to get a name, I might recommend “Disappointment.”


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