Chicago Fog

Chicago Fog
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live among the clouds?  Fog could be called clouds at ground level.  Like clouds, fog is composed of condensed water in the air. Sometimes fog can be so thick, it’s hard to see anything.  It’s San Francisco or London or a Stephen King story. Here,... Read more »

May Days

May Days
May Day falls halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice.  Spring is here, and winter is over for now.  The ground is warm and alive. The earth is in bloom with flowers. It is a time of  light, and increasing light. In pagan times,  the first of May was a high holiday–Beltane.  It was... Read more »

real weather reality--bring a jacket, wear a helmet

From earlier Sunday RT @john_kucko: From 1 of our #Nexstar Broadcasting stations in Abilene, TX. BASEBALL-sized hail pic.twitter.com/3csQHoAgsx — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) April 27, 2015   April sure can fool you. It is the  opening days of Spring,  days  of sun and days of rain. April is the auspicious start of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.... Read more »
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Forsythia in Bloom

Forsythia in Bloom
Spring comes in colors.  One day, purple crocuses appear amid the brown and gray. There are blue hyacinths and yellow daffodils. There are multi-colored tulips in planters and florist shops, and Easter Lilies everywhere. The canopy of trees is barely a  mist of green, but the shrubs are starting to bloom.  Among the  first of... Read more »

Blood Moon 3--the shortest eclipse

Blood Moon 3--the shortest eclipse
Don’t blink! The  third of four blood moons  will occur  on April 4.   You can read about the two previous ones  here and here . The eclipse of a full moon is sometimes called a blood moon, due to the reddish color  caused by the shadow of the Earth falling across the moon, and sunlight  scattering... Read more »

Fermilab Severe Weather Seminar--Livestream

April marks the start of severe weather season  in the U.S. but even in March, tornadoes can  bloom, as they did in Oklahoma this week. Snow season isn’t over, either. This year, there has been record snow  for Boston, while  there was so little snow in Alaska, they  had to reroute the Iditarod.  Meanwhile, record... Read more »
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Snow today, melting tomorrow?

Snow today, melting tomorrow?
Yes, it’s snowing today, and astronomical spring began in the Northern Hemisphere, with the vernal equinox on March 20. There was also a total solar eclipse, visible in Iceland and England. For those of us here,  along the City by the Lake, it was a Friday, and  it was warm enough for a lighter winter... Read more »

The first day of spring

The first day of spring
Have you seen this fellow?  The migrating robins are back, a sure sign of spring! The first day of spring is not on the calendar. It’s different, every year, marked in our hearts.  How we have waited for  the lightness of that first   40-degree day, the sun on melting snow, the first sighting of a... Read more »

A Comeback of Crows

A Comeback of Crows
There’s no mistaking their raucous calls.  High in the snow-colored sky, crows are back in south Oak Park, gathering in the tall oak tree across the alley. For years, there was a family of crows living there, coming and going, high in that tree. I could hear and see them. Then, West Nile Virus came.... Read more »
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7 ways to think spring now

7 ways to think spring now
Maybe it’s not as insanely snowy as Boston,  but  it’s Chiberia  here, and  it’s going to get colder–wind chill advisory of 30-below.  We all could use a spring break. Here are 7 ways you can get into a spring mood right now. 1. It’s almost here. Some say spring begins with the vernal equinox. Yes,... Read more »