“Spring” Weather Delays Local Projects


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MASON CITY, IA – For most of us, this entire “Spring” season so far feels a lot more like winter. And the recent rain, snow, ice, and cooler temps, are slowing down some local projects.

There’s no doubt about it, folks are fed up with our finicky weather.

Mason City Resident, Price Dahlstrom said, “I don’t like it at all!”

Price is an outdoors and bicycle enthusiast and he’s just itching to hit the road for a ride. But thanks to our lack of spring, he’s having to wait.

He said, “It’s just not good for bike riding right now. I would prefer warmer weather, somewhere in the 70’s or above and then less wind obviously is the best.”

Regional weather is also delaying some projects in downtown Mason City.

Mason City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Robin Anderson said, “We are supposed to go pick up 13 sculptures next weekend in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but they have been hit so hard by this weather and they were planning to take down all their sculptures this weekend, which now they can’t do.”

Even once those sculptures reach their new home, conditions need to be perfect to put concrete pads in place.

Anderson said, “Over 40 degrees at night in order for concrete to cure correctly, so you don’t have additional cracking.”

The weather is also affecting some larger construction projects, the ground may be muddy, but it’s still too frozen to dig. Local construction crews say spring is typically known as hurry up and wait season.”

But there is a little ray of sunshine in all this gloominess for one local business.

“The Basic Birder” Sales Manager, Paulette Lugg said, “People are really excited about spring and they want to get out in their yards and they want to see the new spring birds coming back, so actually sales have been pretty good.”

And one item seems to be flying off the shelves.

Lugg said, “Rain gauges believe it or not, because we had rain and we haven’t seen that in a while.”

Paulette says cold temps can keep some of the birds away,

She said, “The Bluebirds and the Purple Martins depends on insects and some of our Warblers do and they haven’t arrived yet. When the trees start leafing out, that’s when they start arriving.”

And while spring means different things for different people, most everyone seems to be in agreement.

“I want spring to come!”

“I’m hoping to get out there next week for sure.”

“It’d be help the birds, it’d help people’s moods….it’ll be great.”

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