“White,” “Green,” “Fall Colors” — & “Brown”
Non-residents may think Minnesota only has one season: winter.
Locals sometimes joke that there are actually two: winter and road construction (the same people suggest that Minnesota’s state bird is the mosquito).
However, in addition to marking the seasonal ebb and flow by the calendar and thermometer, I keep track two other ways: 1) light and dark; and 2) colors.
Is “Brown” Two Seasons or One?
So, in June, while the Twin Cities doesn’t quite rival the perpetually light Arctic Circle, locally the sun rises just after 5 a.m. and twilight lingers until almost 10 p.m.
Of course, on December 21, the reverse is true.
And then there’s color.
Here’s how I’d divide the year:
May through September: Green
Part of October: brilliant riot of Fall colors — at least if the leaves cooperate
Late October to December; late March to April: Brown
December to late March: White
That places us on the cusp of “Brown” at the moment.