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You Northern folks, when does spring usually happen for you?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9822points) February 11th, 2013

What I mean by spring is, when does it finally start to get a bit warmer (thaw)? I’m not talking full-out crocuses and tulips ‘abloomin’. Just when does the weather change.

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janbb's avatar

I tend to feel like we’ve turned a corned once March has arrived – although it can be a very fickle month. But April is a pure delight with a swift progression of one pleasure after another.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

I agree with March. Ah. less than 3 weeks to go!!!

glacial's avatar

Everyone here gets hopeful at the beginning of March, and then is horribly depressed when we get more and more snow. This happens every year.

I would say the last week of March.

Crumpet's avatar

In the UK it’s normally the end of march
Sometimes its the beginning of august…

RandomGirl's avatar

Here in Minnesota, we get hopeful in the beginning of March, but no one is really surprised if snow is still on the ground in early May.
When I was little, I thought winter was the longest season wherever you went. When I heard that other parts of the country don’t get snow until January, and it’s gone and spring starts in March, I was outraged. We have to deal with the stuff 6–7 months out of the year! (Snow season starts in October and ends in April or May.)

Cupcake's avatar

Things usually warm up a little in March, although it seems I always need to shovel at some point in March… so I’ll say April.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

April. March is usually still pretty chilly. NY

orlando's avatar

In central Europe it’s end of March or early April.

GracieT's avatar

My birthday is the last day in March. It is usually spring by then, although we always have a dusting of snow at least once after. That snow is just a dusting, with no accumulation, and it is often melted by the next day.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

March usually, but it isn’t a surprise to get a good amount of snow in March. Our last frost is usually around Memorial Day.

wundayatta's avatar

Usually towards the end of February. But this year, the daffodils started growing in January. I bet if I looked out today, I’d see snowbells.

Strauss's avatar

It’s usually March here in Colorado, although March is also the snowiest month.

gailcalled's avatar

Even April here (N. Lat 42.3˚) can be a fickle mistress. So I’d say May 1.

marinelife's avatar

It is almost 60 here today. I am seeing the back of winter.

tups's avatar

It varies very much. Sometimes it’s hot in March (which means maybe 20 C), sometimes there’s snow in March.

JLeslie's avatar

Growing up in the suburbs near NYC and outside of DC my mom used to say once we pay taxes it doesn’t snow again. Meaning April 15 marks the end of winter weather.

In Michigan it was more like May 15, but a Michigander might say a little earlier, because their concept of warm weather is different than mine.

I live in Tennessee now, that might not be north enough for this Q, and for me spring is mid March. Even now in February we could hit the 60’s and sunny during the day, but the next day might be a high of 30.

jca's avatar

March can be a cold, bleak month but there’s hope on the horizon. April tends to have some decent days, like Gail said, May I feel like we’re out of the woods.

Unbroken's avatar

March is usually cold still, some snow etc. April or May is when things warm up and break up starts happening.

Mariah's avatar

Anywhere from March to May. We’ve had 80 degree days in March, we’ve had blizzards in March, we’ve had blizzards on Mother’s Day.

flutherother's avatar

It is quite variable here. We can have spring like days in February or winter can strike in May. The days are noticeably lengthening here already and when I see my first snowdrop it will feel like spring.

delilah75's avatar

Yes here in New England we get spring, it runs into what should be summer but that is fine with me. We have our chilly days up until sometimes late May. It sadly affects gardening. I buy my plants late in the season because of frost.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Washington, DC: Usually sometime around the 3rd week of February, winter turns a corner and starts to feel like spring. Crocus pop up all over my yard. The air starts to smell fresh. It just feels different.

JLeslie's avatar

I wonder what temperatures people think are spring? And, generally how people define spring. To me it is when winter is over. If winter is coming back with a vengeance in a few days it wasn’t spring it was an “Indian summer” for lack of a better term.

@SadieMartinPaul 3rd week in Feb in DC? February is one of the snowiest months I would think, although I never looked it up for the statistics. Spring temps in February used to be quite fleeting. But, I have not lived there in years so maybe it is changing.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@JLeslie Actually, if it’s going to snow at all—thank goodness, there have been no snow accumulations this winter—it usually happens during January. February is still chilly but much warmer.

I’m not trying to say that weather isn’t unpredictable. I can recall a few February snowstorms. But, they’re so unusual, they’re memorable. People still talk about when it snowed 18.7” on February 18–19, 1979.

JLeslie's avatar

@SadieMartinPaul Here are averages for DC. That is not Spring to me. But, I would not argue that Spring can be subjective.

I was there for the ‘79 winter. :)

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@JLeslie I’m not talking about all of February, just the last week or so. Something just seems to change as March approaches; the temperatures get warmer, and the air gets infused with that intoxicating scent of springtime.

Wasn’t that ‘79 blizzard a real fun time? :-)

Of course, I’m not counting the “Blizzard of Indifference,” when the region got buried in about 26” of snow while Marion Barry was at the Superbowl. Back then, the Superbowl was still played during January!

JLeslie's avatar

Hahaha. I was 11 years old. I remember my little sister walking along and then the snow gave way and she was up to her ass in a snow drift. My dad had to pull her out. But, the snow 2–3 years ago was much worse I think. Wasn’t it something like 80 inches total for the winter season?

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Yes, it was pretty brutal a few years ago. Fortunately, the snowfall was anomolous, and we haven’t see anything quite like that since then. “Yipee!,” says this gal who detests winter. :-)

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