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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Jan 18, 2014 8:09 PM CST

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http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20140320T12...
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jan 18, 2014 8:16 PM CST
"Only" 60 days!

I sent the link to my 7 year old grandson who will turn 8 on March 20th. He just might believe it's for him, not spring!
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jan 18, 2014 8:24 PM CST

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I hope he enjoys it.
Here is a link that you can set up one if you want to.
http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/create
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jan 18, 2014 9:06 PM CST
Thank you!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 18, 2014 11:06 PM CST
Fun links!
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jan 19, 2014 12:14 PM CST
My boss has had us do a countdown to March 1st for years. The thought is if we can just make it to March 1st we're good. Sure there is still some ugly weather after then but generally much less.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 19, 2014 12:27 PM CST
March 1 is beginning of meteorological spring.
March 20 is beginning of astronomical spring.
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springcolor
Jan 19, 2014 12:27 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! for spring!!!!!!
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jan 19, 2014 6:00 PM CST

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So cold today I just want Spring now.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jan 19, 2014 6:23 PM CST
March is no good for me...too cold, way too cold.
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jan 19, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Same here, Bob.

March can be cold or beautiful as it was in 2010.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jan 20, 2014 3:25 AM CST
I have had the experience that no matter what the March weather it wont last long. It snows but the sun and the earth warming means snow doesnt stay.
Cold and rain is bearable because at least there are more sunny days than not.
Perennials are emerging here as well as tulip tips and other spring bulbs by the first week of March.

January is nearly over so it doesnt really count.
Feb. is short so it hardly matters
March is when the Robins return
It really is almost spring.

Another sure sign will be Opossum and Racoons road - kill. The hibernators wake and stumble into bad situations.
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jan 20, 2014 4:45 AM CST
I forgot!!...In like a lion and out like a lamb! I do get excited when I see robins, I believe they are a sure sign that spring is right around the corner. So.. I will just watch them from inside the window till April. LOL.
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Jan 21, 2014 7:54 PM CST
Does it count that I saw robins two weeks ago ? Confused

I never know what kind of spring we will have or how long it will last. It seems to change every year.

Without rain or snow, but only the usual cold temps, it doesn't feel like we have had winter, yet. How can spring be so close ? Rolling my eyes.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jan 22, 2014 4:17 AM CST
Good sighting Lyn.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jan 22, 2014 6:52 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jan 22, 2014 7:10 AM CST
nothing in March is the beginning of spring here. We sometimes get our deepest snows in March and the wind is awful. The weather is usually sunny though so it teases me just enough to want to go out, but I know better. I never plant my tomatoes before mothers day weekend, they will get frosted. But I don't consider spring to start until mid April and then summer starts July 1st on MY calendar!
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Jan 22, 2014 7:33 AM CST
True, March is the worst month here too but right at the end it STARTS to get better. I will be watching from my inside my warm house. Whistling
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jan 22, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Same weather here,Ice storms in March usually the first half of the month. Blizzards then too.I do some cleaning if weather permits.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Jan 22, 2014 8:35 AM CST
Jo Ann

Actually, I don't think it really was a good siting. This drought thing is messing up their normal migration pattern. This is true for other wildlife, too.

The bears are coming out of hibernation early and other animals I never see in January are out and about.

We usually have a late January thaw, but this year plants are leafing out more and trees seem to be coming out of dormancy already.

I usually do my serious cleaning, now, too, but have had to be out in the garden because the weeds are jumping out of the ground even tho' the temps are still cold and I am still having day fires to heat the house.

I think I am more worried than over-joyed.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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