I told myself I wasn’t going to whine about the weather . . .

. . . but COME ON — it’s May!

I went out for a run today and froze my butt off. There were snowflakes in the air. I got home at noon and looked at a weather website. WeatherUnderground confirmed my suspicions. It was 34.7 degrees at noon! On May 1st! With lots of wind! Even in Minnesota this is stupid.

This is what my yard looked like last year — A WEEK BEFORE THIS.

Lush . . . green . . . tulips blooming . . . actual spring.

This is what it looks like today.

Tough to find flowers today

Need more evidence?

April 24, 2010

The same shot today. I rest my case.

In case you’re planning on coming to Minneapolis this week for a vacation (just a joke) I suggest you wait a few weeks. Spring probably will eventually come and colorful things will grow.

I’m thinking maybe by Memorial Day.

Sorry about the whining. But I think it was minimal and evidence-based.

There were snowflakes in the air.

I’m done now.


We won’t get fooled again — or at all.

We’ve had snow on the ground in Minneapolis since November 13 (see my post about the first big snowfall). A lot of places in the U.S. get a lot of snow — even more than we do — but many of those areas have the hope of melting it occasionally throughout the winter. Up until a week or so ago, we’d just been adding blanket upon blanket to the November cover.

Then we had a few days in the 40s and even touched 50 once or twice. Some people around here were ecstatic, but most life-long residents played it cool — because we knew.

The weather people on TV were all blabbing about spring being in the air, etc. I heard one say that our 50 degrees a few days ago was the “first kiss” of spring.

But it was mid-February and we knew. They talked every night on the news about how much snow was melting, but I looked around my neighborhood and didn’t really see a major change. Here’s a photo of my front yard today. Yeah, it was deeper a few weeks ago, but does this look like a major melt has just happened?

Does this look like spring to you?

Guess what? Now the bipolar cabin-fever mongers are all wringing their hands about tomorrow. The latest prediction I’ve heard is another blanket of somewhere between 12 and 20 inches in the next 24 hours.

Yes, we were kissed by spring last week. But it was just an obligatory peck on the cheek that promised nothing more.

It was actually kind of sad, in a way — because we knew.

So let it snow. Check back in about a month and a half and we’ll talk about showing some affection.