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Posted on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

Signs of spring: How do you know the season is coming to Ann Arbor?

By Elizabeth Edwards


From left: Sarah Hiltner, Debbie Park and Maddi Byle hang out on a ledge of a railroad bridge at Argo Park after getting out of Skyline High School on Tuesday.

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With weather reports boasting temperature highs in the 60s on Wednesday, it seems winter is about to disappear just as quietly as it appeared.

Even after a mild winter, spotting the first signs of spring is exciting. We want to know, how do you know spring is coming?

We couldn't help but notice the re-opened Dairy Queen on West Stadium Boulevard kicking off the season of cool treats, and we certainly feel the warm sun streaming in through our windows.

Perhaps it's when you see trees blooming their flowers or spy colorful birds in your backyard. Or maybe you have the urge to expose your toes or spruce up the yard with some spring cleaning.

Whatever it may be, tell us what gives you hope that spring is just around the corner by commenting on this story or our Facebook wall or by emailing us at Then we'll compile a post of Ann Arbor's signs of spring to watch for as the temperatures continue to rise.


Ann English

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : midnight

Seeing bicyclists out again is a sure sign of rising temperatures. Today I saw two guys wearing shorts playing catch at Veteran's Park.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

[in Just-] BY E. E. CUMMINGS in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious the little lame balloonman whistles far and wee and eddieandbill come running from marbles and piracies and it's spring when the world is puddle-wonderful the queer old balloonman whistles far and wee and bettyandisbel come dancing from hop-scotch and jump-rope and it's spring and the goat-footed balloonMan whistles far and wee


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

Taxes due.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 3:05 p.m.

This is how I used to know it was Spring, too bad he's not around anymore to let people know when its official: For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

I'd say the increase in crime...

Wolf's Bane

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

When college students wear shorts and flip-flops around town.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

No winter. True. But doesn't that make it harder to recognize spring?


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

"Winter leap-year" ...I luv it! spot on : )

Wolf's Bane

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 3:29 p.m.

We didn't have Winter this year. It was a Winter leap year.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

Middle school kids have been wearing shorts all winter.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 2:17 p.m.


Cameron McLain

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

There we go. Someone who knows what they are talking about


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 1:14 p.m.

Its when the robins start building nest anywhere and everywhere.

Ricardo Queso

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 12:42 p.m.

The exit ramp beggars return from their winter home in Florida.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 12:09 p.m.

Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma butterflies emerge after over-wintering. A mid-March walk in the woods on a sunny still 50F+ day is a good time to see them. They do not need flowers to survive as they feed on rising tree sap that escapes through cambium damage along the margin of knot holes and other old bark wounds. Neat critters... worth the effort to seek out. Cheers & enjoy the season... M


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 11:39 a.m.

The song of the red-winged black bird! Heard them all day yesterday. Love it.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 1:23 a.m.

those babes looking good on a sunny day


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 7:05 p.m.

haha nope im in college just looking at the tail..


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 3:55 p.m.

High schooler's, man. easy does it.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

Dairy Queen's open is always my "sure sign".


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 10:14 p.m.

I would have given you credit for saying MSU is a lock for the field of 64. That has been a spring ritual for years.


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 2:27 p.m.

Well Goofus I never thought we would agree on anything! But like Homeland said.. You Nailed it!

Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 4:07 a.m.

Nailed it!


Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 12:52 a.m.

The sandhill cranes came back a couple of weeks ago, the redwing blackbirds and turkey vultures came back last week. I have seen skunk cabbages emerging for weeks, the bulbs are coming up and the birds are signing their mating calls. Spring always begins around the first of March to me, whether it is warm or not.


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

Temperatures hit 70 across much of Iowa this day. Seems that could be heading our way Wednesday. The good part is, we'll see more of that instead of blasts of winter in the coming weeks.


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 11:23 p.m.



Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 10:57 p.m.

With me it's always St. Patrick Day rarely has the weather gone back to winter after that date you bet on it.


Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 10:53 p.m.

Discovering all the dog feces your neighbor's canines dropped in your backyard over the winter.....with your shoes.

Wolf's Bane

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

Summer project: Fence.

Dog Guy

Tue, Mar 6, 2012 : 10:49 p.m.

Watch for fiddleheads; ferns are never fooled about spring.