5 Ways You Can Tell It Is Springtime in Wyoming
The weather in Wyoming is often described as winter with 3 months of summer. So how can you tell when it is truly spring? The equinox is not a good indicator. The groundhog is always wrong, and the weather man is only good for a few days. Is it the first sunburn of the year? When the fish start biting? Or when the flowers bloom and the grass turns green? Possibly, here are some sure signs that spring has sprung in the Cowboy State. Regardless, you can always wait 10 minutes and everything will change.
Sometimes it strikes in the middle of the night. Sometimes it happens during the day. When that Goldilocks temperature can not be found. It is too cold to open a window. It is not hot enough to turn on the A/C. You can't wear shorts because it is too hot, but pants make you sweat.
When you start to see seagulls and pelicans in the parking lot of Albertson's, that is a good sign that spring has arrived. The geese hatch their ducklings. It must suck for the birds because they will surely have to deal with a few spring storms.
With the cold and often snowy nights, the only thing that survives the swinging temperatures are the weeds. The dandelions thrive, but the pretty flowers will have to wait a little longer.
When the ground thaws, the jackhammers and steamrollers kick into action. Let's be realistic, good weather days happen less than a snowy and windy day, so the hard working WYDOT folks have to work when they can. Be patient. Eventually, it will make things easier to travel ... at least for while.
Mow the lawn one day and shovel snow from the driveway the next. It is not springtime in Wyoming without a few big snow storms. Living near the Rocky Mountains all my life, I've become used to the fact that the biggest and nastiest storms hit in the spring. They get a lot a moisture and hit you when you least expect them.