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Today is the vernal equinox or the first official day of spring.
     
For many local businesses, spring marks the beginning of a very busy season of outdoor activities.
     
Last year, temperatures sky-rocketed and mid-March saw some celebrating the start of summer. Today, Meteorologist Kevin Phelps braved negative wind chills to find out how local organizations are coping with the familiar chill and what's turning out to be a late start to spring.

Well, spring sprung at 6:20 this morning, but apparently mother nature didn't get the memo. Temperatures were in the teens and wind chills were well below zero across the QCA. 

Right now, we're at the first hole at Duck Creek Golf Course in Davenport, and it's a completely different scene this morning compared to last year. We had temperatures well into the 80's, and the golf courses packed but right now it looks completely different with the course not even open. 

"Can't do cups. It's too cold for that," club pro Matt Hasley said. "Can't do any mowing. You just gotta wait and see what mother nature has in store for us." 

Last year it was 82 degrees on the first day of spring. March 20th saw people waking up and it was a 5 below wind chill, and it was 14 degrees. How is that affecting business here and what do you guys do at the mercy of mother nature?

"As growers, we always have some kind of weather to deal with," Wallace's Garden Center's Kate Terrell said. "Whether it's a rainy spring or a really cold spring or like, last year when it was more like summer at this time of year."

We all know these cold temps haven't been contained just to today. The entire month of March has been quite cool and in fact, the average temperature has been 29.5 degrees. 

And if the month ended today, that would place it at the tenth coldest month ever for the Quad Cities. And unfortunately, long range models continue to show the cold air sticking around through the end of the month.