21 Days in May

Wettest May gives way to a wet June 1st https://t.co/oDrknbDMEl — Skilling (@Skilling) June 1, 2019 It was a wet and wild May—an all-time record of precipitation, and 21 days of rain.  Fields are too wet for planting. Rivers are still at flood stage. Here is a satellite image from NASA showing flooding along the Mississippi River in... Read more »

Full flower moon

Full flower moon
The night of May 18 is full moon night–the full flower moon of May. It’s also called a seasonal blue moon. According to Space.com, one of the definitions of a blue moon is the fourth full moon in a calendar season.  Here is the explanation. The fourth full moon of astronomical spring will occur on June... Read more »

A rain of May flowers

Snow in April and rain in May, maybe the wettest spring on record, but now here come the May flowers– There are tulips in a profusion of colors, from white to striped and purple-black.  You can find them in front yards and back yards and planted in the medians along Michigan Avenue.  A native of Central... Read more »
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Earth Day is Every Day

Earth Day is Every Day
Happy Earth Day!  A week ago today, the 5 inches of heavy wet snow that fell on Sunday was melting around the daffodils. The sky was cloudless blue, and the magnolias were blooming. This Sunday, too, was a beautiful day to be outside, with temperatures in the 70’s and crowds of people out enjoying the... Read more »

Sun today, rain tomorrow

Sun today, rain tomorrow
Welcome to April!  It was a beautiful weekend to be outside.  The robins are back and baseball, too.  The alleys are blooming with broken dressers  and discarded chairs. And people were out in the warmer weather. Now, it feels like Spring–Oh, sweet 60 degrees!  Yes, cooler with the lake breeze, but still a delight after a winter... Read more »

Full Moon and Equinox

Full Moon and Equinox
Mark your calendars– the vernal equinox  is coming on March 20, and the start of astronomical spring in the Northern hemisphere.  Lighter days are here again. And there will be a full moon on the night of the equinox! This full moon of March is called the worm moon, or the rising sap moon,  associations of spring... Read more »
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first signs of spring

first signs of spring
Welcome to March and Meteorological Spring!    And we’re off to a roaring start with record cold high temperatures in Chicago, big snow  in Boston  and deadly tornadoes in Alabama. Still, the snow is almost gone here, and most of the ice has melted on the sidewalks. The streets  are blooming with potholes–one of the first signs of spring.... Read more »

Big Snow Moon

Big Snow Moon
Monday morning started with lake-effect snow, softly falling, covering streets and sidewalks.  There was shoveling and snow-blowing, and the feeling of accomplishment  of clearing a pathway or a parking space. By the afternoon,  the snow had melted on the darker surfaces of streets and sidewalks.  Such is the changing weather, here. If you think it’s been... Read more »

Sparrows in Winter

Sparrows in Winter
They are the birds of winter, the survivors, the sparrows chirping  on the rooftops. Even in winter, puffed up against the cold, perching on the stems of the sunflowers and autumn grasses. They are bold in their audacity, earth-colored in brown and grey.  They are with us all winter, cheerful company,  even in the cold and snow... Read more »
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Chiberian Survival Tips

Chiberian Survival Tips
It’s  cold out there!  Colder than Alaska, colder than Antarctica.  And it’s going to get even colder. And there will be snow.  Chiberia is back. Remember? Yes, warmer days are coming, but in the meantime,  how do we survive this deep freeze? Drinking and brooding were  Mike Royko’s favorite ways of getting through a Chicago winter. But there... Read more »