May days at last!

May days at last!
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Oh happy May days, and warmer days at last! Can we put the winter coats away now?

The first of May is a cause for celebration, whether you follow the Old Calendar or not. May 1 is about halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. These are the lightest days.

And this time around, there is also a bright moon to celebrate. The actual full moon occurred on April 29, but this is close enough. This is the Spring planting moon, the pink moon, the flower moon in native folklore. Rising above the new green leaves, it is breathtaking.

It is new every time. The dinosaurs saw it rising over the cycads. Perhaps the trilobites saw it with their new eyes in the pre-Cambrian times.

And we are here to witness it now. We too are new again, and old as the spring in its turning.

Filed under: seasons, weather

Tags: Flower Moon, May days, spring


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  • Ah, I'm sitting near the open windows in my computer room and relishing the warm breeze. Everything indeed seems new again. Of course, my right hip is truly new. In a a few weeks, I'll try dancing around a May pole. Not to be confused with a July pole, of which I am one. Happy Workers Day! to our brothers and sisters across the globe.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Whatever month it is, it's good to have you back with us and sharing Weather Girl's wise posts.

  • The beautiful full moon! Under the new dispensation, my sign is Moon Children, I believe. I wonder if Princess Diana was one.

  • Happy May Day Workers Day, AW! I am so glad your new hip is healing. I know you will be dancing again, soon.

    The Moon children are indeed special...Yes, Princess Diana was a
    July 1 baby, and a moon child, too!

  • Thank you for a lovely post -- a rhapsody in words. Well done!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you so much. Happy May to you!

  • 2 things I can't figure out:
    The furnace came on this morning, but 4 hours later the WeatherBug says it is 76 degrees outside.
    I was driving Friday night and afterwards noted that my car looked like I just drove through a coal mine (the dirt was real viscous). Then I was flipping through channels and Mark Strehl had a story from a car wash that it was a "dirty rain."

  • In reply to jack:

    Happy May, Jack! According to Accu-Weather, the temperatures last night were in the low 40's. My furnace came on, too.
    I was also wondering about the dirty rain. Tom Skilling says it's a combination of high winds, dry conditions and the dirt from the spring fields. Here is his explanation.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Tell the farmers next time not to plow their wind farms (there are some big ones off I-55 in the Pontiac area and I-65 between Lafayette and Remington).

  • Yay for May and warmer weather!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Yes, yes, yes!

  • I love May! Finally the coat is put away.
    I don't always comment, but I never miss a post.

  • In reply to Pleasant Street:

    Happy May days! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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