What A Difference A Year Makes

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Spring has been hijacked by winter this year.

Published on: March 25, 2013

A year ago, we were basking in 80-degree temperatures in Wisconsin on the first day of spring – double the normal high temperature of 40. On the first day of spring this year, we were greeted with a low temperature of 5 degrees in east central Wisconsin and the high temperature barely made it above 20 degrees – half the normal high for the first day of spring and 60 degrees below what we had in 2012. Only in Wisconsin could you have temperature swings that great from one year to the next!

The weatherman in Green Bay said we've had 69 inches of snow so far this year – more than double what we had all of last year. I'm not sure, but it seems like most of that snow fell in February and March. I long for some snow-free days with highs in the 50s. Heck, at this point, temperatures in the 40s would feel like a heat wave!

What a Difference a Year Makes
What a Difference a Year Makes

I haven't talked to one person in the Dairy State who isn't sick of all of the snow and the cold weather. The snowmobilers and the people who enjoy skiing might be happy, but everyone else was ready to see the snow go and temperatures warm up a couple of weeks ago. But according the weatherman, who is likely a very unpopular person these days, the cold and snow are supposed to stick around for a couple more weeks! Yes, that's right. No warm up. More snow. No spring!

That puts us at April 3 before we can expect to see any decent spring like temperatures, if the weatherman is right. Unfortunately, he seems to be right lately more than he is wrong. Basically it snows when he says it is going to snow and is snows when he says we're not supposed to get any snow.

Last year, I took this picture of my daffodils blooming in my flowerbed on March 15. Yes, March 15! This year all my family dog Scooter and everyone else sees is snow.
Last year, I took this picture of my daffodils blooming in my flowerbed on March 15. Yes, March 15! This year all my family dog Scooter and everyone else sees is snow.

A late spring will likely mean manure will be hauled later than normal, alfalfa will be seeded later than normal and fieldwork will be done later than normal. What is normal anymore? I'm guessing once it finally does warm up and all of this snow melts, we will just appreciate it more.

After the hot spring we had last year and the freezing cold spring we're having this year, I'm hoping we get a normal spring next year.