Halloween Wintry Mix

  SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 634 PM CDT FRI OCT 31 2014 ILZ006-014-022-010200- LAKE IL-COOK-WILL- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WAUKEGAN...CHICAGO...JOLIET 634 PM CDT FRI OCT 31 2014 ...WINTRY MIX CONTINUES THIS EVENING... LAKE EFFECT PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE TO SPILL INTO AREAS IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS THIS EVENING PRODUCING RAIN...SNOW AND SLEET. WHILE WARMER... Read more »

How to dress for the Halloween forecast

Cooler the rest of the week. Friday mid 40s to upper 40s. pic.twitter.com/mZNCi73h8i — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) October 28, 2014   You couldn’t ask  for better weather  this past Saturday and Sunday–perfect for raking those falling leaves, or neighborhood  Halloween costume parades, so  beautifully captured by  fellow blogger Kathy Mathews who writes Quilting! Sewing! Creating!... Read more »

Andy Goldsworthy, weather artist?

Andy Goldsworthy, weather artist?
  “Blossoms     become    clouds.    People    become    smoke. ”    —Issa Is Andy Goldsworthy  a weather artist? He is sometimes called  a land artist, a nature artist, an environmental artist. Nature is his medium–rocks, leaves, ice, wood, water.  He works with nature as his materials, his tools, his inspiration.  He works... Read more »
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Blood Moon 2 --- October 8

Blood Moon 2 --- October 8
The first full moon after the autumn equinox is called  the Hunter’s Moon, and a blood moon. The full moon on October 8 will also be a total lunar eclipse– a blood moon. It is the second of four blood moons, a lunar tetrad. The first of these eclipsed full moons occurred on April 15... Read more »

Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons
The calendar says September, but  Monday was more like  August in the afternoon. In the evening,  a cold front came through and the temperatures plunged into the 50′s, and the trees sounded dry like October…. September is the time of two seasons, when summer  warmth still lingers in the sunny days.  But there are cold... Read more »

The Day the Climate Changed

Dateline–September 21, 2014 Another aerial shot of #PeoplesClimate March NYC pic.twitter.com/H3a8Yy9m4S — Michael Poland (@_michaelpoland_) September 21, 2014   All over the world, the climate changed.  Under gray skies in New York City, a line of marchers stretched over 25 blocks, over 300,00 people (an estimated 400,000, according to Time online) came from all over... Read more »
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Fall -- Winter Forecast

The calendar says September, but the forecast can range from July to December. #prairieproblems — Prairie Problems (@PrairieProblems) September 14, 2014   And you think we have problems?  Well,  I need a new furnace, would you believe. Let that be an incentive for you.  NOW is a good time to check your furnace. Does it... Read more »

A bad book taught me how to write good

WARNING–contains humor and intentional bad grammar   Before you get all superior and critical, hear me  out. I am not advocating junk–”reality”  TV, celebrity magazines, etc.  Sadly the wonderful tabloids like the Weekly World News are no more. As they said on the X-Files, “The Truth is out there” but no longer in the checkout... Read more »

Super Harvest Moon---September 8-9

Super Harvest Moon---September 8-9
Here comes the Harvest Moon!   The moon is already big and bright in the clear night sky. And isn’t there already an autumnal feel in the air?  At Walgreens, across the aisle of school supplies, the shelves are filled with  Halloween candy. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.  This... Read more »
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Spotted things

Spotted things
Taking out the garbage, I was surprised by a giant moth. It is a hawk moth; they frequent the moonflowers on  late summer nights. The moonflowers are  full of ripening seedpods, now.Their season is almost done. In the clarity of this autumnal light, the world is full of spotted things–mottled bananas and pears. Light and... Read more »