Sure Signs Of Spring Finally Arriving in Iowa


Blue and yellow early iris in bloom east of Warde Hall at Mount Mercy University April 4, 2012.

Blue and yellow early iris in bloom east of Warde Hall at Mount Mercy University April 4, 2012.

How do I know it’s really spring? Sure, the crocuses in the yard are one sign, but there are other signs I saw today, too:

  • The Mount Mercy colored flowers, pretty little early irises, bloomed today near Warde Hall.
  • The Cedar River trail was almost crowded—bikers, joggers, dog walkers and strollers were out today.
  • The sky was sunny in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon and then cleared off again. In an Iowa spring, you can have any weather you want, sometimes in a time period of a few minutes.
  • Kids were out in shorts. The first day the weather flirts with 60s, people under the age of 12 seem to think it’s time to dress like it’s 80. Must be something about young metabolisms.
  • Nobody made a “where is spring” remark today.
  • Traffic was up. The interstate was a roar on the way home. Not sure why on the first nice day everybody has to drive somewhere, but it seems it is so.
  • Street sweepers have started gathering up the sand of winter. I slipped on some yesterday on my bike, although I didn’t fall, so I’m glad to see the sand being taken away.
  • The snow mountains in the Rockwell-Collins parking lots aren’t gone yet, but they are black and dark grey, short, sad looking things, slowly melting.

Spring is here!

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