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* This happens in ''{{Discworld/Wintersmith}}'' because the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Winter refuses to leave. Interestingly, the book ''does'' point out that Autumn is Late would have been just as bad; it just isn't what happened.

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* This happens in ''{{Discworld/Wintersmith}}'' ''{{Literature/Wintersmith}}'' because the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Winter refuses to leave. Interestingly, the book ''does'' point out that Autumn is Late would have been just as bad; it just isn't what happened.


** While at not those extremes, spring weather is often so fickle that in Spain you can pass in just a couple of days from a warm and sunny weather to other way colder and/or rainy, with even snow outside mountains, and not only in March or April but also in May, and even albeit at a lesser extreme in June[[note]]In such a case, in mid May of 2013, UsefulNotes/Madrid with just 9°C when the usual temperature by then is three times higher, was said to be ''the coldest capital of the planet''[[/note]].

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** While at not those extremes, spring weather is often so fickle that in Spain you can pass in just a couple of days from a warm and sunny weather to other way colder and/or rainy, with even snow outside mountains, and not only in March or April but also in May, and even albeit at a lesser extreme in June[[note]]In such a case, in mid May of 2013, UsefulNotes/Madrid UsefulNotes/{{Madrid}} with just 9°C when the usual temperature by then is three times higher, was said to be ''the coldest capital of the planet''[[/note]].


* Volcanic eruptions or short-term climatic shifts can cause prolonged winters in temperate regions, as happened when Krakatoa erupted in 1883.

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* Volcanic eruptions or short-term climatic shifts can cause prolonged winters in temperate regions, as happened when Krakatoa erupted in 1883.[[note]]Krakatoa erupted in August, so it was a bit late to affect spring that year (at least in the northern hemisphere). However, summers were cooler for the next couple of years, and weather was erratic until at least 1888.[[/note]]



* Not as much "late" as "gone AWOL": 1816 was the "Year Without a Summer" in Europe and North America, thanks to a volcanic eruption.

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* Not as much "late" as "gone AWOL": 1816 was the "Year Without a Summer" in Europe and North America, thanks to a volcanic eruption.eruption (Tambora).


** While at not those extremes, spring weather is so fickle that in Spain you can pass in just a couple of days from a warm, sunny weather to other not only more or less cold and cloudy, but also with snow at levels that are seen typically during winter cold waves, and not only in March of April but also in May, and even albeit at lesser extremes in June[[note]]In such a case, in mid May of 2013, Madrid with just 9ºC was said to be ''the coldest capital of the planet''[[/note]].

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** While at not those extremes, spring weather is often so fickle that in Spain you can pass in just a couple of days from a warm, warm and sunny weather to other not only more or less cold and cloudy, but also way colder and/or rainy, with even snow at levels that are seen typically during winter cold waves, outside mountains, and not only in March of or April but also in May, and even albeit at a lesser extremes extreme in June[[note]]In such a case, in mid May of 2013, Madrid UsefulNotes/Madrid with just 9ºC 9°C when the usual temperature by then is three times higher, was said to be ''the coldest capital of the planet''[[/note]].


* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Winter lasted till the equivalent of early May, due to the Dark One interfering with the seasons.
** Then summer lasts clear to January.
** Interestingly, people DO care when Summer lasts till January, as the entire world starts to turn into a tinderbox from the heat.

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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Winter lasted lasts till the equivalent of early May, due to the Dark One interfering with the seasons.
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seasons. This is fixed in the first book after the protagonists manage to weaken him by killing some of his lieutenants. Then summer lasts clear to January.
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January. Interestingly, people DO ''do'' care when Summer lasts till January, about this, as the entire world starts to turn into a tinderbox from the heat.heat. To fix this new problem, the protagonists must find a powerful artifact that can control the weather, and in order to fix the balance of nature, they have to dump three months worth of winter onto the world over about two weeks.


* This happens in ''{{Discworld/Wintersmith}}'' because the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Winter refuses to leave.

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* This happens in ''{{Discworld/Wintersmith}}'' because the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Winter refuses to leave. Interestingly, the book ''does'' point out that Autumn is Late would have been just as bad; it just isn't what happened.


* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': In ''Perfect Cherry Blossom]]'', spring is very late because someone is stealing it in order to make a [[SealedEvilInACan certain tree]] bloom.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': In ''Perfect Cherry Blossom]]'', Blossom'', spring is very late because someone is stealing it in order to make a [[SealedEvilInACan certain tree]] bloom.


** While at not those extremes, spring weather is so fickle that in Spain you can pass in just a couple of days from a warm, sunny weather to other not only more or less cold and cloudy, but also with snow at levels that are seen tipically during winter cold waves, and not only in March of April but also in May, and even albeit at lesser extremes in June[[note]]In such a case, in mid May of 2013, Madrid with just 9ºC was said to be ''the coldest capital of the planet''[[/note]].

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** While at not those extremes, spring weather is so fickle that in Spain you can pass in just a couple of days from a warm, sunny weather to other not only more or less cold and cloudy, but also with snow at levels that are seen tipically typically during winter cold waves, and not only in March of April but also in May, and even albeit at lesser extremes in June[[note]]In such a case, in mid May of 2013, Madrid with just 9ºC was said to be ''the coldest capital of the planet''[[/note]].


* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' in ''Ghost Story'' there's still snow on the ground in May. [[spoiler: Mab is forced to remain near Chicago to keep Harry's soulless body alive, and it's clearly causing her great strain to stick around this late in the year.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' in ''Ghost Story'' there's still snow on the ground in May. [[spoiler: Mab [[spoiler:Mab is forced to remain near Chicago to keep Harry's soulless body alive, and it's clearly causing her great strain to stick around this late in the year.]]

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TruthInTelevision throughout [[OlderThanDirt history]], specifically for places where the survival of a population depended on a good harvest and snow taking too long to go away could spell death.


* ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Perfect Cherry Blossom]]'': Spring is very late, because someone is stealing it in order to make a [[SealedEvilInACan certain tree]] bloom.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Perfect ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': In ''Perfect Cherry Blossom]]'': Spring Blossom]]'', spring is very late, late because someone is stealing it in order to make a [[SealedEvilInACan certain tree]] bloom. bloom.
** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', it's summer but places all over Gensokyo are experiencing spring-, autumn-, and winter-like weather seemingly at random.


In {{real life}}, the transition between seasons can take a while. Winter can linger past March and well into April (hell, early June in some areas) depending on where you live. (Or September and October on the other half of the planet.) Of course, it depends on your point of view. If you're a technical-minded type, then Spring can never actually be late because it always starts on March 21st no matter what the weather is like outside. Of course, when people say that it's "late," what they really mean is that there's still snow outside or that it's cold, the trees and flowers aren't blooming, etc.

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In {{real life}}, the transition between seasons can take a while. Winter can linger past March and well into April (hell, early June in some areas) depending on where you live. (Or September and October on the other half of the planet.) Of course, it depends on your point of view. If you're a technical-minded type, then Spring can never actually be late because it always starts on March 21st no matter what the weather is like outside. Of course, when people say that it's "late," "late", what they really mean is that there's still snow outside or that it's cold, the trees and flowers aren't blooming, etc.



Similar-sounding but has different origins from [[DelayedSeasons Delayed Seasons]], mostly seen on live-action TV series.

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Similar-sounding but has different origins from [[DelayedSeasons Delayed Seasons]], DelayedSeasons, mostly seen on live-action TV series.



* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' - the witch kept Narnia in a perpetual state of "always Winter but never Christmas," so spring was about 100 years late.

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* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' - the witch ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': The White Witch kept Narnia in a perpetual state of "always Winter but never Christmas," Christmas", so spring was about 100 years late.



* Standard operating procedure in Russia. There is even a proverb: "March came, put on two pairs of trousers" (Пришел марток - надевай двое порток). Freezing cold snaps on May Day are a common occurence.

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* Standard operating procedure in Russia. There is even a proverb: "March came, put on two pairs of trousers" (Пришел марток - -- надевай двое порток). Freezing cold snaps on May Day are a common occurence.


* In the 1980s ''StrawberryShortcake'' book, "Strawberry Shortcake and the Winter That Would Not End," Winter lasts much longer than it should, due to the Snow King's magic crystal being stolen (without it, the snow won't stop). The culprit turns out to be a crotchety old badger who wants winter to last forever so he can sleep and not be disturbed by other animals. The strawberry kids eventually get him to see the good side of Spring, and the crystal is returned.

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* In the 1980s ''StrawberryShortcake'' ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' book, "Strawberry Shortcake and the Winter That Would Not End," Winter lasts much longer than it should, due to the Snow King's magic crystal being stolen (without it, the snow won't stop). The culprit turns out to be a crotchety old badger who wants winter to last forever so he can sleep and not be disturbed by other animals. The strawberry kids eventually get him to see the good side of Spring, and the crystal is returned.

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* Before the later movie, WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite appeared in a book and record / tape set with completely different plot called ''Rainbow Brite Saves Spring''.


* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus is six before spring first arrives. This is a Good Thing because the prolonged winter destroyed a plague that could have ended humanity, but still, they are glad when spring arrives.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToATrillion'', Menelaus is six before spring first arrives. This is a Good Thing because the prolonged winter destroyed a plague that could have ended humanity, but still, they are glad when spring arrives.

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