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March – the bipolar month

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You never know what you’re going to get with March in Oklahoma.  The weather truly is bipolar.  One day, it will be in the 70s and everyone will be breaking out the shorts and short sleeved shirts.  The next day (or, at times, later that afternoon), the weather will drop to the low 40s and people will be scurrying back inside for pants and jackets.  There are days when the temperature ping pongs back and forth so many times you don’t know what to wear. 

Generally, however, March brings an end to the snow and ice that have held us hostage for the past few months.  With the beginning of spring, the many trees that live in Oklahoma City begin to bud out and wake up from their long sleep, and the parks start looking green again.  Some flowers even start to perk up, and people will start walking and exercising outdoors again.  It’s actually one of the perfect months for outdoor activities since it’s usually warm enough to be outside without wearing layers yet cool enough to keep you from breaking a sweat from just moving.

Bricktown starts to come alive during March.  The Bricktown Ballpark fills with eager baseball fans, and more and more people start walking around the canal during the evening.  The canal boat rides also start operating again.  While it can be fun to take a ride down the canal on one of the normal open boats, if you’re over twenty one, I really recommend going past the first ride location to the second.  At this small pier, you’ll find a little ship called the Booze Cruise.  They have a fully stocked bar onboard, plus the driver doesn’t do the normal tour patter that you’ll find on the other boats.  If you live in the city or have done the boat ride before, you know about the various statues, buildings, and other things that the tour points out, so why not relax with a drink and enjoy the canal?

Spring break falls during March, so for a week or so, college students make a mad exodus from Oklahoma and head off to Florida or Mexico.  The malls become crowded with high school kids, and movie theaters get very crowded.  Most of the schools and colleges coordinate their breaks, so nearly every school will be empty.  If you’re looking to spend a relaxing day shopping or doing other activities, you will probably want to avoid this week!

If we’re having a warm year, March is a great time to get out and do things.  If it’s a cold year, be ready for another month of heavy coats, hats, and gloves.  But like I said, it’s usually not that easy – instead of either hot or cold, March fluctuates between the two, so go ahead and get out your shorts, but don’t put that winter coat up just yet.

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