Iowa April 10, 2019
The 12 Very Real Seasons Every Iowan Has Come To Know
In elementary school, we’re taught that there are four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. If you’ve ever lived in Iowa, though, that doesn’t quite sound right. Our weather changes so quickly and goes to extremes at the most random intervals, that it really seems like we’ve got at least a dozen seasons. Read below, and let us know if any of these sound familiar.
1. Nice Winter
2. Ice Winter
Quickly, though, nice winter turns to ice winter. Every driveway becomes a skating rink, roads are hazards any time the sun goes down, and you've got to watch the forecast and pray a tree branch doesn't come falling down onto your house.
3. Fool's Spring
After a few long weeks of living with arctic air and icy sidewalks, we always get a few nice days. This is that Fool's Spring, where we think maybe, just maybe, it's over.
4. Blizzard Season
Then come the blizzards! Just when we think we might be safe from winter, Mother Nature dumps two feet of snow onto the Midwest. It happens every year, and every year, we wonder why we still live here.
5. Seed Starting Season
After the blizzards make their way through, there's always a patch of really nice weather. After a few warm days, we start to emerge out of our winter hibernation and start thinking about spring! Everyone I know starts their seeds and begins to tend to their overgrown gardens, picks up some new plants and bulbs, and gets ready for the weather to stick around.
6. Sad Frost Season
Of course, this also coincides with sad frost season. If the daytime temperatures are particularly nice, some of us start plants outside too early or shuffle our potted plants back and forth from outdoors to indoors. For those of us who love plantings and gardening, Sad Frost Season is the longest of them all.
7. Mud Season
Mud Season overlaps most of the Iowa seasons. When the rivers flood, we get mud! When it rains for days on end, we get mud! When the snow melt and doesn't quite dry out - mud! Good thing we all own muck boots.
Summer is the most pleasant season. We take our short weeks of hot weather and head out to favorite vacation destinations, like Okoboji. Those of us who love fishing hit the lakes and streams of our favorite state parks.
9. Fair Season
In August, Fair Season ramps up. It means long drives and long days to attend the best fairs around - including the State Fair! There's nothing like fair food as summer winds down.
11. Just kidding, Summer again!
It wouldn't be Iowa if we didn't get one last heat wave in, though! This second summer creeps in after a few weeks of fall weather, giving those who dread winter one last bit of hope.
12. Actual Fall
There's nothing like fall in Iowa - the gorgeous countryside illuminates with stunning colors! The weather begins to slowly cool off, until it finally slips into Nice Winter. Then, the cycle begins again.
What’s your favorite of these Iowa seasons? Let us know in the comments below!