The first official day of spring kicked off the week, and while the calendar may say it is spring, the weather hasn't figured that out yet. Many will rejoice and be happy to see winter coming to an end, but anyone that has lived in Idaho for a while knows, that may not entirely be the case. Most places think of spring as flowers, the cold going away, and nice weather to get outside. In Idaho, we know it to be a confusing time of year. While other places in the country get to enjoy spring, we are left with perhaps the worst season of the year in the Gem State. Here are a few reasons why spring in Idaho is the worst.

The Bugs Are Returning

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While winter has many flaws and things to complain about, one of the positives is that most, if not all, of the bugs go away for months. The bad thing about spring is they will begin returning little by little, until one day you realize they have taken over your home, your yard, and everywhere in the state. Those spiders that have been secretly nesting with you all winter will emerge from their hiding spots, the ants will begin their quests to take over your counters, and the flies will begin buzzing and annoying you once again.

The Weather is Bipolar

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While this winter hasn't been bad compared to past years, the nice thing about the season is that you consistently know how to prepare to go outside. You know every day it will be cold and you dress accordingly. In spring, you have no idea what it will do day to day or hour to hour. In the morning you may want a t-shirt and jeans, and by noon you may need a poncho for the rain that wasn't predicted or a coat for the snow that randomly visited. It is the most confusing season of the year.

Spring is the Ultimate Tease

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Sticking with the weather theme, spring is also the biggest tease of any season. After months of snow and cold weather, a warm day will appear, making us all want to go outside and think it is ok to start wearing summer clothing, only for the weather to turn a day or two later, or for the rain to ruin the afternoon. Because the winter has been long and cold, the slightest bit of warmth feels warmer then it is. You can't go swimming or boating yet, and kayaking is questionable. The weather feels warmer, but not enough to do the fun things that summer offers. 

So Much Bird Poop

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Like the bugs, birds are emerging more and more as the weather warms up, and while it is nice to walk outside and hear them chirping and see them flying or playing in bird baths, the negative of all these birds returning is that their droppings are returning as well. That car you have just washed will now be covered in bird poop before long. You have to prepare for it falling on you or ruining your car. 

Yardwork in the Magic Valley

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With spring beginning, it means yardwork is right around the corner, but when to begin and how much to do right now is the question. The first mow of the year is always the worst and may take a few times to go over before it looks good. While some enjoy doing yard work and miss it in the winter, some dread it and are already counting down the days until it is done again, and it hasn't even started yet. 

Allergy Season is Back

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Winter saw many illnesses make their rounds this year, and while some of them have moved on to create chaos in other places, it is now time for a different type of illness, allergies. The flowers will begin to grow, the pollen will return, and as the wind picks up allergies will be at their worst. You can make an argument that allergy season is worse than cold and flu season. All those sneezes, headaches, and sniffles are returning and it will only get worse before it gets better. 

Beware of Motorcycles in the Magic Valley

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As the weather gets nicer, motorcycle riders will be bringing their bikes back out. Idaho is a beautiful state to ride a bike in during the warmer months and nobody faults them for preferring to use their motorcycles instead of a car, but for other drivers, this means you have to be extra aware and cautious. One mistake could cost someone their life. This isn't so much about being a bad thing, as much as a reminder that you need to do a double take before switching lanes, and making sure there are no bikes around that you may not see when driving this spring. 

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It is nice to see the sun, and the warmer weather will be appreciated, but in Idaho spring is the worst. The teasing, the bipolar weather, the bugs, the bird poop, the sneezes, and the debate about yardwork or no yardwork make it a difficult season to navigate. The best part about spring is it means that winter is ending and summer is on the horizon. Hopefully, this season goes quickly so we can get to the real fun.

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