Minnesota’s March Madness . . .

“March is a tomboy with tousled hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes and a laugh in her voice.” ~ Hal Borland

March in Minnesota typically consists of cold and snow and if we are lucky, some signs of melting at the end of the month. Average snowfall for the month of march over the past 30 years is about 10 inches. We also average 28 days in March with below 32º temperatures. We can easily have a late Spring freeze in May (our latest was recorded on May 27th) and sometimes the lake ice will hang around until right before Mother’s Day weekend (which is also our fishing opener).

I mention all this so that you may understand the extent of the weather madness that this March has brought to northern Minnesota. May has come 2 months early. All of the snow disappeared in 5 days (my last post) because of extraordinary high temperatures. The puddles dried up and the frost is coming out of the ground. The ice went off most of the smaller lakes this week and the others will follow any day. We have had temperatures in the upper 70’s, rain and even a thunderstorm. There is new growth in the form of pussy willows, grass, tree buds, and moss. The mosquitoes and moths are flying around and the summer birds have returned. I was awakened by a goose honking war this morning … what a commotion (picture: resting after the honking war).
Weather-wise, we have literally missed 2 months of the year. I realize that a warm early Spring is happening just about everywhere in the United States, but in northern Minnesota it has to be one of the most extremely different Springs anywhere. Blizzards have been very common in past Minnesota Marches and we always have snow on the ground throughout the month.

Although we rejoice in the current warm temperatures, we are still disbelieving .. it is just too extreme. We hold our breath waiting for the normal cold and snow to come back because we can see that mischievous smile of March everywhere we look. We worry about our very early blooming trees and plants being hit with a killing freeze and babies arriving too soon (the birds are nesting early). It has been the worst year for maple syrup … with no freezing nights, the saps are not flowing. However .. we love Spring. We love to say goodbye to the wintry white world and welcome back life to the woods. We are all hoping that the light, happy laughter of March is not devious … that it is just Spring!

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~ Doug Larson

~ by bearyweather on March 24, 2012.

12 Responses to “Minnesota’s March Madness . . .”

  1. I love your pictures…but relate about the odd crazy spring weather–2 months early. What’s happening? However, today, around here, the temps have dropped to 39 degrees and there are frost predictions tonight. Same tomorrow. Do you think we’ll get more snowstorms? I think so. Although this year–we have no idea!

    • We are cooling off this week, too. It started today with a very cool morning about 28º, but warmed up to the 50’s. Rain predicted, not snow … but, in these crazy times that could change. March is being very mischievous this year … all we can do is hold our breath and wait for the next surprise.

  2. May weather has showed up in March in Ohio as well! I feel like I’m being cheated out of spring weather- I’m not anxious to go right into summery weather just quite yet!

    • I am not ready for summer, either. I really dislike extremely warm weather. I am hoping Spring sticks around for a very long time. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I LOVE that first quote! And your photography is as impressive as ever!

    • Thanks Suzi … when I found that quote, it made me smile … I was having trouble expressing this feeling we have about this strange weather … like waiting for someone to jump out and surprise you. Mischievous was a great word to describe March.

  4. Your weather is really strange this year! For a few days I thought we would have that kind of spring here too, but it soon reverted to a wintery one. We finally had a little sun today though. I love that picture of the geese!

    • Clouds and rain are returning to my woods tomorrow … hopefully, it will not turn to snow. I wish I could have gotten closer to the geese or had a stronger zoom … someday.

  5. Your photos are so beautiful. I know what you mean about disbelieving. Same here. We usually still have snow on the ground and in the forecast throughout March, sometimes into April. A look at the weather forecast for the next week shows things settling back down to near normal with highs in the 40s instead of the 80s. It wasn’t a good year for maple syrup here, either.

    • Our disbelief is based on the past and served us well this time. Winter returned last week with cooler temperatures, gray skies and we were “slushed” .. a large amount of snow/rain mix. Things were white again for about a week. We needed the moisture very bad, though .. the fire danger is extremely high.

  6. Love this. The first image is great and I love the quote!

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