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Swift
2005-Mar-30, 07:01 PM
With apologies to our BABBers south of the equator, here in the northern hemisphere, spring is here and the weather in many places is catching up. Since it is supposed to be over 60F in Cleveland today, for the first time since last October (we've hardly gotten over 32F/0 C since November), I thought this might be a happy thread to start.

So list all the signs of spring that are coming to your town!

For me, I heard the first spring peepers (frogs) last night. And I heard the Woodcock mating call for the first time on a hike last week. The buzzards (turkey vultures) have been back for a few weeks.

W.F. Tomba
2005-Mar-30, 07:28 PM
Well, it's been warm the last few days, a little thunderstorm just passed over a few minutes ago, and I've been seeing cardinals in the tree outside my window!

frogesque
2005-Mar-30, 07:44 PM
Yep, definately spring. We had our first haar come in off the North Sea last week and it's still here. Cold, dreech, dull, foggy drizzle with a NE wind that chills worse than a hard frost.

Undaunted though, the birds are getting tuned up, the crocus are over now, daffs are magnificent and the primrose, broom and gorse make a counterpoint to the blackthorn (sloe) in the hedgerows. Everthing in all the gardens is starting to get that fresh leafy green look to it as well - all we need is a little sunshine!

Evan
2005-Mar-30, 09:09 PM
Mud, the geese are no longer standing on the pond ice wondering whether to fly south again, mud, really soft driveway and mud. Did I mention mud? BTW, we don't call it spring here, it's called "breakup".

frogesque
2005-Mar-30, 09:43 PM
Evan wrote:


... Did I mention mud? ...

Why does that remind me of Monty Python - something about Spam I think :lol:

I thought breakup was the nano second between thaw and mosquitos.

Normandy6644
2005-Mar-30, 09:45 PM
Today we had a high of 54, tomorrow is a bit higher. Then this weekend, predictions of possible snow showers. :evil: It's not quite here yet...

Maksutov
2005-Mar-30, 11:09 PM
Mud, the geese are no longer standing on the pond ice wondering whether to fly south again, mud, really soft driveway and mud. Did I mention mud? BTW, we don't call it spring here, it's called "breakup".
Hey, Evan, this link's for you! (http://www.themediadrome.com/content/poetry/frost_two_tramps.htm)

tjm220
2005-Mar-30, 11:15 PM
It's snowing today. :-({|=

A'a
2005-Mar-30, 11:50 PM
79 here, starting to get a little too warm. :D

Van Rijn
2005-Mar-31, 12:00 AM
We finally have a sunny day today, though it is still only around 65F. Way too much rain this year, we had one break where it got to 84F, but it started in raining again soon after. We even had significant thunderstorms and a local tornado (almost unheard of in Sacramento).

Maksutov
2005-Mar-31, 12:25 AM
We finally have a sunny day today, though it is still only around 65F. Way too much rain this year, we had one break where it got to 84F, but it started in raining again soon after. We even had significant thunderstorms and a local tornado (almost unheard of in Sacramento).
Speaking of conditions in your area, it appears things are going to be very hot for a while up at California State University in Chico. :D

Wolverine
2005-Mar-31, 12:28 AM
So list all the signs of spring that are coming to your town!

Subtle as a sledgehammer here. Things are blooming like crazy and it was 86 today (30C).

jaeger
2005-Mar-31, 02:37 AM
First tornado warnings of the year in the area today - a definite sign of Spring.

Charlie in Dayton
2005-Mar-31, 03:51 AM
77 degrees today...put away the wool knit hats and break out the baseball caps...opening day is next week!!!

Normandy6644
2005-Mar-31, 03:53 AM
77 degrees today...put away the wool knit hats and break out the baseball caps...opening day is next week!!!

Now that I can get excited about even if I'm nowhere near the action! :D

Maksutov
2005-Mar-31, 04:04 AM
77 degrees today...put away the wool knit hats and break out the baseball caps...opening day is next week!!!

Now that I can get excited about even if I'm nowhere near the action! :D
Man, the spring flowers are really blooming and the steroid sales are really booming!

Mars
2005-Mar-31, 04:43 AM
71 here in Tampa

tmosher
2005-Mar-31, 05:06 AM
Hit 83F today in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Definitely signs of a wallet-flattener (high electricity bills) this summer.

frogesque
2005-Mar-31, 06:53 AM
So list all the signs of spring that are coming to your town!

Subtle as a sledgehammer here. Things are blooming like crazy and it was 86 today (30C).

Yep, but it's gonna rain! :wink:

Mellow
2005-Mar-31, 07:15 AM
Signs of spring....

My tree pollen hay-fever has hit, so despite my anti-histamines, I spend March to May looking ike I have a constant cold!

I'm the only person who pray's for April showers.

Ari Jokimaki
2005-Mar-31, 01:11 PM
Spring is rather late this year, but it has now started. There's not much visible signs yet, but there are some:

- Snow cover is melting quite rapidly.
- Sun is no more just a bright light lurking around horizon, it boldly climbs above horizon and feels warm on the skin.

However:

- I still have to scrape the frost off of my car windows every morning.
- I haven't seen any migratory birds yet (perhaps just bad luck, some have been seen here).
- No flowers (although some willows are slowly starting).
- Skirts are still very long.

Temperatures: +5C or more (day), few degrees below zero C (night).

Argos
2005-Mar-31, 01:26 PM
With apologies to our BABBers south of the equator, here in the northern hemisphere, spring is here and the weather in many places is catching up. Since it is supposed to be over 60F in Cleveland today, for the first time since last October (we've hardly gotten over 32F/0 C since November), I thought this might be a happy thread to start.

Ok, Ill play the strange in the coockos nest in this thread jst for:

a) salute the arrival of spring in the north and wish you all up there a good time! A side note: Ive been following up the climate in th US, and Im startled at the extreme daily and day-to-day temperature variations in the US midwest (where Ive never been to, unfortunately). Some places go from 32 to 80 in a few hours!

b) praise the arrival of fall. The best time of year is begining down here. Our autumn and winter are quite pleasant.

So lets cheer up. We all have good reasons to. :)

farmerjumperdon
2005-Mar-31, 01:32 PM
Return of the migratory birds, croquet, grass already greening up, squirrels mating right outside our window, creek swollen over it's banks, and oh yeah lots of mud and a very spongy driveway (you get good at navigating around the worse parts, and still better than 90% of the "roads" I drove on in Kenya), all the doggie do-do bombs that popped out of the melting snow, kids taking batting practice, the last basketball game of the year, and 71 degrees Tuesday!

And the very best part of all: We can start throwing ourselves out of planes in a few days (as soon as the airstrip dries out).

The sky is not the limit, the ground is.

Swift
2005-Mar-31, 01:40 PM
a) salute the arrival of spring in the north and wish you all up there a good time! A side note: Ive been following up the climate in th US, and Im startled at the extreme daily and day-to-day temperature variations in the US midwest (where Ive never been to, unfortunately). Some places go from 32 to 80 in a few hours!

Good observation, that just about sums up the weather in the US midwest. Actually, sudden warm-ups seem a little less common than sudden cool-downs. The saying around Cleveland (and it works elsewhere) "If you don't like the weather, wait a couple of minutes, it will change".

SeanF
2005-Mar-31, 02:28 PM
a) salute the arrival of spring in the north and wish you all up there a good time! A side note: Ive been following up the climate in th US, and Im startled at the extreme daily and day-to-day temperature variations in the US midwest (where Ive never been to, unfortunately). Some places go from 32 to 80 in a few hours!

Good observation, that just about sums up the weather in the US midwest. Actually, sudden warm-ups seem a little less common than sudden cool-downs. The saying around Cleveland (and it works elsewhere) "If you don't like the weather, wait a couple of minutes, it will change".
Yup. From one of those ubiquitous "You know you are.." lists:

"You know you live in South Dakota if you've ever used your car's air conditioner and heater on the same day."

:D

Argos, you've got to come visit us sometime . . .

farmerjumperdon
2005-Mar-31, 06:52 PM
Yes, this is one of the most difficult parts of the world to predict climate (US Midwest). Primarily because the weather is driven by frontal activity, so changes can be sudden, as well as quite violent. Also, being very removed from the mediating effect of any ocean allows changes to happen faster too.

I can sit on my porch as a front moves in and watch the windmill to tell precisely when the edge of the front moves through, and pretty reliably when the rain will hit (though you can see that coming on it's own depending on the time of day). The vain points one way, blades slowly turning; then things get relatively, and sometimes completely, still. As the wedge of cool air moves past and pushes the warm air up, the vain slowly rotates to the opposite bearing, the blades start turning and within a matter of minutes - RAIN.

Very good for knowing when it is time to gather furniture, toys, and other potential missles before the heavy stuff moves in. We did have our 1st tornado watch yesterday. I love observing nature at its most elegant and violent best.

Argos
2005-Mar-31, 07:42 PM
Argos, you've got to come visit us sometime . . .

Thank you. :) Ive been to the east coast and south. A wonderful country. Im particularly charmed by two regions: the midwest and Alaska. Both are just my kind of place. Surely Ill be there, someday (maybe we can have a beer together). :wink:

Wolverine
2005-Mar-31, 09:49 PM
For all you skeptics ... I present photographic evidence of spring's arrival (courtesy of my new camera). :)

The bluebonnets (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/bluebonnets.jpg) are out in force, and the bees (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/bee.jpg) seem pretty happy about that.
Wildflowers (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/flower.jpg) are starting to make appearances (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/flower2.jpg) as well.

I'll post more later, ran out of sunlight.

JohnOwens
2005-Apr-09, 09:34 PM
For all you skeptics ... I present photographic evidence of spring's arrival (courtesy of my new camera). :)
I just got back inside from collecting my own evidence. :) http://www.ghiapet.homeip.net/Spring_Flowers/index.html

Meteora
2005-Apr-09, 10:46 PM
First tornado warnings of the year in the area today - a definite sign of Spring.

That's how we define spring here, too. :D

"Moderate risk" of severe storms tomorrow. I'm glad I have the day off. :o

frogesque
2005-Apr-09, 11:18 PM
Well this little fella seems to think it's Spring!

http://frogesque.com/images/robin.jpg

Grendl
2005-Apr-11, 12:58 PM
For all you skeptics ... I present photographic evidence of spring's arrival (courtesy of my new camera). :)

The bluebonnets (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/bluebonnets.jpg) are out in force, and the bees (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/bee.jpg) seem pretty happy about that.
Wildflowers (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/flower.jpg) are starting to make appearances (http://home.austin.rr.com/victorsvaliant/firstlight/flower2.jpg) as well.

I'll post more later, ran out of sunlight.
You're having fun with your new camera, huh? It looks like it's working great! I feel it's my duty to spread the fact that Texas can be very pretty--my parents certainly had a negative view of Texas (which is nutty since Texas has everything from the Monohan Sands to the huge lilypads of Caddo Lake to the beautiful vistas of Devil's Backbone--not too far from you). So, I took them to Independence (which for others, is a little more than halfway to Austin from Houston proper) and they changed their minds. Your pictures, Wolverine, are close-ups of mine taken last year at this time--the second weekend of April. My pictures don't even do justice to the seemingly endless fields of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush.

Since Frogesque made the thread large with his/her cute little bird--ruby-throated Sparrow, no?

http://pub22.bravenet.com/photocenter/remote/1805537384/84F5DDEB1C.jpg
http://pub22.bravenet.com/photocenter/remote/1805537384/54AA295D8F.jpg

http://pub22.bravenet.com/photocenter/remote/1805537384/41CA0F3731.jpg

For grins: A long way from home...the other side says San Francisco, Tokyo, etc. (I'll delete this one after a while)
http://pub22.bravenet.com/photocenter/remote/1805537384/3F3F5DC5C1.jpg

Wolverine lives in a very pretty place, unlike swampy, cement-filled Houston. The hills are much larger where he is. I used to spend some weekends in Wimberly on a small, but crystal-clear river. It's fun to drive around there.

Laser Jock
2005-Apr-11, 03:49 PM
It's spring here too! (http://www.gazette.com/display.php?id=1306935) :o :wink:

We got over a foot here but drifts are even higher. However, it stopped snowing about an hour ago and now the sun is out. It's already started to melt. :(

Candy
2005-Apr-11, 04:07 PM
Argos, you've got to come visit us sometime . . .

Thank you. :) Ive been to the east coast and south. A wonderful country. Im particularly charmed by two regions: the midwest and Alaska. Both are just my kind of place. Surely Ill be there, someday (maybe we can have a beer together). :wink:
I'm in the Midwest. :P