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    Anyone smell spring yet?

    Amazingly, we did today in the UK. Went out to Manchester, and no coats, sun out. Praise the Lord. I've been out on my new road bike this evening and watched the sun go down over the big rail junction near us. Beeeautiful.
    It won;t last, I'm sure. But I seem to remember it was the end of feb last year before we had even the first sniff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotte View Post
    Amazingly, we did today in the UK. Went out to Manchester, and no coats, sun out. Praise the Lord. I've been out on my new road bike this evening and watched the sun go down over the big rail junction near us. Beeeautiful.
    It won;t last, I'm sure. But I seem to remember it was the end of feb last year before we had even the first sniff.
    Friday morning, watching the news, the temperature figure in the corner of the screen was dropping like the fuel gauge on top drag race car.
    Today it is -27C (-19F) and there is another inch of snow forecast to add to the 2-3 inches that drifted everywhere yesterday.

    So no, I don't smell Spring yet. Could be due to this stinking cold I have I suppose.

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    I think I over dressed today riding into work. It'll be close to 80 today in L.A. and it smells like summer.

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    Nope not yet… the last couple of days haven’t been too bad(upper 30s lower 40s), but the next 48 hours we are going under a wind chill warning with wind chills of -25 to -35 degrees Fahrenheit. Actual temperatures should be around zero… Whooo hoooo.
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    Spring hell. Mid week it was in the high 70's and low 80's. It will be in the mid 40's sunday.

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    I live in farm country.Believe me,I smell when spring has sprung.

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    Last weekend I could smell it; did three hours of riding. It then snowed about 8 inches or so, and it's snowing again. But I know it's coming.
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    Not even close. Got about 2 more months of garbage before it gets better.
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    Heck there's 3 weeks still left in Feb and the deep freeze hasn't come yet I still expecting about a week of -40. Be April before the snow really melts here.

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    For sure . The Mimosa are blooming. Vintners are already pruing the grapes. Getting ready for Spring. We do hope there will be no late spring freeze. They grow lots of cherries here. Cherries are tender. We lost last years crop because of a late freeze. Winter here is pretty much over by mid March at the latest. In some of my rides, I swear I have smelled some kind of flowering plant.

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    If -25C with a windchill factor of -29C is what spring smells like, then ..... sure.

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    Spring here in San Francisco, Beautiful 63F or 17C, Perfect for riding

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    Nice sunny day today, 55 or so, but we've got a foot of snow in the yard and at least two months to go before spring. Down in Reno, though (about 600 feet lower), it's spring for a few days. We were going to drive into town and go for a ride along the river, but I couldn't get my 2WD pickup down the driveway.
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    Went out for a ride yesterday, beautiful cool and sunny. Got up this morning and looked outside, beautiful calm and cool. So I got dressed and headed out into a snow storm. Spring can't get here fast enough for me.

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    I'm in NorCal and Caught Spring Fever bad. Went to the LBS and bought a new bike, (shhh don't tell my wife yet) and did a nice 10mi ride today... weather was perfect.

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    10℉ tomorrow, so no, not yet.....

    every time it warms up and melts off the snow and the roads dry off, it gets bloody cold again
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    Here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, the cardinals and titmice have changed over to their springtime tunes. The grackles are trickling back in little flocks. Orion is high and mighty at 8 PM. My daffodils are sprouting forth. I've planted my first crop of parsley, spinnich, and chard; just in case. And, yes, I caught first whiff of some tree's pollen.

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    The alyssums along the SART are in bloom, so yeah, spring's in the air here. It was a gorgeous day for a ride, and the alyssum is definitely an improvement over the horsey stench on SGRT.
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    Heck no. Tis a bit early even for Denver. We still have our snowiest month ahead.
    Plus, all of last weeks commutes were pretty cold for poor little old me.

    I am heading out tomorrow to track down a pair of clearance gore tex hiking boots to keep my feet warmer for the next couple months.

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    In spades - Richmond was sunny and mid-50's today. I was counting on a slow day where I work (Honda motorcycle shop), but we were absolutely swamped. Got home, grabbed the Bianchi Nyala and did 22 miles before dark set in.

    Being an ex-western Pennsylvania boy, at this time of year thoughts turn to: Groundhog - the other white meat.
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    in MS its 70* and nary a cloud in the sky...


    but my cat just farted so no.. thats not spring i smell..
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    One piece to add.
    It's not spring until my tree pollen allergies turn my eyes a bright red, I sneeze constantly, develop a headache the size of Texas, and take enough allergy meds to knock out a horse.
    Personally, I can do without the first few weeks of spring. I would rather either ride in a foot of snow each day or even better go into a 3 week coma and skip the beginning of spring.

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    i'll know when spring has sprung when i smell melting dog poop...

    right now it's snowing and we're expecting snow and cold temps for the next few days...nope, so spring smell here!
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    Should be able to get my first decent ride in since October. Ever since then I have been either washed off the bike- Frozen stiff or blown away---Or all three at the same time. Temp of about 40 degreesF today and a wind strength below 10mph.

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    We really haven't had winter yet. Just 4 days with lows below 35 so far.
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