Are you looking for some facts about spring in Minnesota and... just when does spring start anyway?
We are often asked about the first day of spring, summer fall or winter in Minnesota.
The answer is that Minnesota seasons begin and end on the same dates as in any other part of the country. The weather, on the other hand, may not.
Spring starts in late March in the Northern Hemisphere...and in Minnesota of course. Spring high temperatures range from 50 degrees in northern April to the 70 degree range by May.
One way we know it is really spring is "iceout"...when the ice thaws from the lakes. That's likely to happen by mid-April for the southern half of Minnesota. "Up north" the grip of ice on lakes may take quite a bit longer.
There is a rather bizarre custom in some Minnesota towns to hail the arrival of spring. An old "junker" car is placed on an iced-over lake. Then a contest is held to guess the date that the ice will melt enough to cause the car to fall to the bottom of the lake. Various prizes are offered for those who guess correctly.
Another sure sign of spring in Minnesota is the steady stream of vehicles pulling boats and pontoons heading north to the lakes and cabins.
The first break from school occurs during the Easter season. Many families plan their first camping trip or trip to a cabin during this spring break.
Without question, no matter how much we enjoy all four seasons of the year, we look forward to spring. Nothing lifts the spirit like lots of sunshine, the smell of fresh rain, the color of newly blooming flowers, the aromas coming from that first BBQ.
We can anticipate weeks of playing in the park, taking long walks and enjoying the spring into summer relaxation that Minnesota offers.
Spring is an exciting time outdoors in Minnesota. The weather warms up, frozen lakes and rivers thaw, wild flowers and trees bud and bloom, and baby animals are are born in the wild and in the to the zoos in Minnesota.
When "spring is bustin' out all over," we need to break our from our winter habits and enjoy what Minnesota offers when the snow and ice are gone.
Fishing season opens!
Spring flowers are blooming at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como in St. Paul.
Minnesota sports teams including the Minnesota Lynx, the Minnesota Twins, and the Saint Paul Saints are under way.
Bike trails are now snow and ice free for your riding pleasure.
Pack a picnic lunch and take your love on a romantic picnic date.
Farmers Markets are once again open for business.
You can go sunbathing at the lakes even though it may still be too cold for swimming.
Food trucks are once again on the streets.
You will begin to hear live music in the parks and almost anywhere a band can set up.
Enjoy all four seasons of the year beauty in Minnesota!