Springtime for Austin

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Since summer is, by far, the longest season in central Texas, we are very appreciative of relatively-short springs. Temperatures start getting warmer in mid-March and typically don’t become unbearable until June. This spring we are getting plenty of rain, although not always over the lakes which supply our water needs. Every little bit of moisture now helps during the hot summer months.

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The bats are now back from their winter home in Mexico. The viewing areas near and on the Congress Avenue Bridge have been crowded. The bat-watching boat cruises are back in full operation after their winter hiatus.

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Spring is wildflower season here. It’s been a spectacular bluebonnet season in the surrounding Hill Country due to all the rain. The bluebonnets in front of Austin City Hall are looking lovely. Even the Austin Parks and Rec workers carefully mow around the bluebonnets on the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail.

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