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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Spring has not sprung

  • At dawn on the first day of our spring it was 10 degrees F. with a wind chill of 8 below! It was warmer in Nome, Alaska!
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  •     So much for the groundhog promising an early spring. Spring, the 2013 version, arrived in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 20.
        At dawn on the first day of our spring it was 10 degrees F. with a wind chill of 8 below! It was warmer in Nome, Alaska!
        I kind of wouldn’t mind that spring from last  year, where from March 10 through March 19 nine record highs were set in ten days.
        Always pushing the envelope when it comes to getting cool weather vegetables in the garden, this time last year my wife had planted her lettuce, spinach, and peas by the 22nd of March.
        That was never been done before on her family farm. As of April 1, 2012 the spinach and peas were up.
        For my wife the 22nd still seems doable when it comes to planting the garden, the 22nd of April that is.
        The only good thing about the weather this week is we dodged the blizzard that ripped across part of the state earlier in the week.
        Last March, the daily average high in St. James was 58 degrees. Right now we’ve had just one day when the mercury’s gone above 40.
        The historic average daily high for St. James is 40, so this March is going to be a way below normal month.
        The ten day forecast says we’ll start getting into the 40s a few days from now. That will probably  feel like 70 degrees to some people.
        The one good thing about this winter is we’ve not taken a direct hit from all the big winter storms that have been blowing across the continent.
        There have been monster storms that have gone north, south, east and west of us, but we’ve been brushed by them all.
        It’s spring, so I’m saying there will be no big winter storm to hit us. Doubt me? Consult the groundhog.

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