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As always, the weather finally gets warm

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opinion Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

If the forecast is right, weather for the three-day Memorial Day weekend will be beautiful. Indeed, after a long, cool, wet spring thus far, the next few days are expected to be positively spectacular.

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Weather has been topic No. 1 in the Red River Valley and beyond all spring. With only a tease of warmth and sun for the past few weeks, the region seemed locked in a pattern of cold and cloud. So what else is new?

An objective perusal of weather records suggests this spring was not really all that cold or wet. No records were broken. Many springs have been colder and wetter. Several in recent memory have been very unspringlike well into May, sometimes into early June. Remember last year when at this time there still was ice on nearby lakes in Minnesota and North Dakota?

But none of that matters because after a reliably long valley winter, any perceived delay in spring becomes the topic of conversation. That’s the psychological factor at work. We want spring. We want sunshine and warm breezes and blue skies and the occasional rumble of a thundershower in the distance. That, after all, is what spring is supposed to be.

Well, it’s here at last. And it’s here just in time for the Memorial Day weekend – three days to enjoy weather that seems to have been a long time coming. When the mercury flirts with 80 the next few days, it’s an almost sure sign that Ol’ Man Winter has gone way north until – omigosh – October! — The Forum

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