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Morning photo: Equinox!

It can go either way!

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It seems the first few willow buds start to open right around the vernal equinox, no matter how much snow is on the ground.

FRISCO —Winter or spring? The equinox is on the cusp, and if there’s anything I’ve learned after living in western mountain towns for 25 years, it’s that you just never know. Some years, like in 2012, there’s an early melt, and even though you know it probably means heightened fire danger and drought conditions, you welcome it, because the winter has been long enough. Some years, it’s just right, a few warm, sunny days followed by a shot of spring snowfall … And then, there’s this year, when winter really doesn’t want to ease its grip.

Back in 2010, the snow still lay deep and crisp on the spring equinox.

Back in 2010, the snow still lay deep and crisp on the spring equinox.

Skiing fluffy Colorado powder at Monarch Mountain on the 2011 spring equinox.

Skiing fluffy Colorado powder at Monarch Mountain on the 2011 spring equinox.

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In 2012, Dillon Reservoir was starting to thaw out on the equinox in a month that brought record temperatures to Colorado during drought conditions.

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Early season bouldering on Swan Mountain during the record-warm 2012 equinox.

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Equinox: March 20, 2013.

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Winter in spring?

 

 

 

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