We enjoyed (?) a spring blizzard last Friday, and received about 10" of very wet snow. The actual blizzard part of the storm missed us, heading east across South Dakota and on to the Great Lakes States and farther east.
But this kind of weather isn't unheard of, and I remember April snow storms canceling school and other activities when I was growing up in Michigan many years ago.
So I went on a hunt through the pictures I've taken since we moved to South Dakota seven years ago, wondering if spring really is AWOL, or are we just impatient?
Here's a shot from April 22, 2012, a year after we moved here:
Boy, howdy! Definitely Spring! Green leaves and everything!
What about the year after, April 9, 2013?
There's Wynter, up to her belly in snow. That storm gave us the largest recorded one-day total of snow on record: 22.4 inches.
And if you remember, October 4-5, 2013 broke that record when an early fall blizzard hit our area. You can read about that storm here: October 2013 blizzard
Let's go on to April 22, 2014:
We visited Mt. Rushmore that day, and no one even wore a jacket!
And here is April 12, 2015. The Custer State Park elk are still sporting their winter coats.
Then only a couple years ago, on April 18, 2016, my dear husband and I drove north to Castle Butte. We heard meadowlarks singing on that trip - a sure sign of spring. You can read about it here.
And this was last year, on May 6, 2017:
So where is spring this year? It's coming, I'm sure of that. Even though there's snow on the ground and no sign of even the earliest spring flowers yet, spring will come.
It always does. God promised.
"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease." Genesis 8:22 ESV