Posted by: marymarthatours | May 8, 2013

Spring has finally made it to Minnesota – we hope

MN Thursday

Every March, we expect to get a lot of snow in Minnesota, even in “tropical” southern Minnesota where I live.  And this year was no exception.  We had 7 days of snowfall in March, amounting to a total of 23.5 inches.  Much of that came in three storms that dumped 4.2, 4.7, and 6.8 inches on us, often on Thursdays.

It doesn’t even surprise us when it snows in early April.  This year, however, the temperatures stayed very low all month, so our April showers throughout the month were often white.  There were 8 days in April with measurable snowfall, two of those setting new records for their date.  But really, after over an inch of snow on April 21st, I thought we should be done with the stuff.  I was getting really antsy about getting out into the garden.


April 22, 2013

Thankfully, late April snow doesn’t last long, and by that weekend we’d skipped over spring and gone right to summer with temperatures in the 70’s.  With dry weather, and the help of my neighborhood “garden girl”, the garden was looking reasonably cleaned-up.  Here is the garden one week after the above picture, with lots of bulbs trying to make up for lost time.


April 29, 2013

And then came May – Thursday, May 2nd to be exact, and Mother Nature decided to give us another dose of the white stuff.  And this time, Mother Nature must have been MAD, as the snowfall that day was an all-time record for both one day in May and for the entire month.  In Rochester, we got 14 inches of snow on Thursday, and another.3 inches on Friday.  My garden hardly knew what hit it.


May 2, 2013

With a return to warmer temperatures this week, the snow didn’t last long.  The final piles near the driveway disappeared yesterday.  The grass looks amazingly green, and in the garden, the first daffodils are finally starting to bloom.

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May 7, 2013

Last Thursday seems like just a bad dream.  But tomorrow it will be Thursday again.  So I’m asking as politely as I can, “Please, please, please, Mother Nature, no more snow”.

(by Mary, with help from husband Jess who keeps meticulous weather records)



  1. I have a new friend who recently moved here and is astonished by our May rhodies and recent span of hot weather. When her sister in Minnesota called, my pal decided she had better be kind . . . and lied! “It’s gray and wet,” she said. Now that’s a nice sister.

    • Definitely a “nice sister”, Ellen. When I sent my Washington state sister a photo of the yard on May 2nd, she emailed it to her entire garden club. (That’s OK, Martha, you know that we’ll catch up to you by June.)

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