Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Edging toward spring in Minnesota, sort of March 28, 2022

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Biking at River Bend Nature Center, Faribault, on March 19. (Minnesota Prairie Roots copyrighted photo March 2022)

GIVE MINNESOTANS A STRING of warm March days like we experienced briefly around the official first day of spring, and we’ll pop out of hibernation in full force.

Note that as I write this, though, snow globe snowflakes descend, layering the landscape and reminding us that, even if the calendar shows spring, in reality it is not. Temps are back into the 30s and 40s after those few days of 50s and 60s, topping 70 degrees.

During that brief hiatus from winter, I observed lots of people out and about while I was out and about. Walkers. Bikers. Babies in strollers. Kids playing in yards. A teen on a hoverboard. And a teen on a skateboard.

Warm weather multiplies the number of motorcycles on the road, too, as they roar out of storage. Note that some bikers ride even in winter, although not during snowfalls.

On that Monday of 70 degrees, I hung laundry on the line and then threw open windows to air out the house. Within minutes of opening windows, the street sweeper crept by, spinning dust clouds. I raced to close street-side windows.

Spring will come. As a life-long Minnesotan, I realize that. It’s just that as I age, winter seems longer. And colder.

TELL ME: Has spring arrived where you live? How do you define spring’s arrival?

© Copyright 2022 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


10 Responses to “Edging toward spring in Minnesota, sort of”

  1. beth Says:

    spring is arriving in fits and starts in michigan. can’t wait for it to stay a while

  2. Here it is nearly summer as the temperatures soared this last week setting records of the warmest March ever! With all the warm weather my tulips sprung out of the ground and now are in full bloom. Although this weather and sun was very much enjoyed, we will plunge back to normal this coming week. All my little plants will be in shock!😳

  3. Springs arrival means shutting off the heater for two weeks before switching to AC. This morning it’s bone chilling cold, but it’s not the temperature it’s the wind.

  4. Sandra Says:

    Easter…when it’s mid-April. Hostas poking through helps too.

  5. Valerie Says:

    I was wondering why the winter seems so long…because I’m getting older…:-)

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