Category: history

New year, new moon

New year, new moon
Happy New year!  2019  on the calendar, a new page, unmarked as fresh-fallen snow. And the new moon on January 5 is the first new moon after the winter solstice. It is the first new moon of the new year on the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Chinese new year will be on February 5, 2019. This year will... Read more »

The ginkgo and its leaves

The ginkgo and its leaves
The ginkgo is a very old tree–you might even call it prehistoric. Fossils of ginkgo leaves have been found dating back 270 million years. The ginkgo tree was alive during the time of the dinosaurs. It survived the bombing of Hiroshima. It will survive us, still. I think of the ginkgo as  the survivors’ tree, and you... Read more »

U.N. climate report shows civilization is at stake if we don’t act now

U.N. climate report shows civilization is at stake if we don’t act now
Monday, October 15– It’s a chilly October day in Chicago. Friday, the sky looked like November, and the first traces of snow fell in LaSalle County. Saturday was bright and sunny for the Women’s March downtown to get out the vote in November. The sky was glorious blue. Last week, the United Nations issued a... Read more »
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Survivors

Survivors
Hurricane Florence made landfall on  Friday morning near Wilmington, N.C., as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of about 90 miles an hour.  On Saturday, the storm  had crossed into South Carolina about 25 miles west of Myrtle Beach. Even though Florence  has  been downgraded to a tropical storm, the torrential rains, flooding and power outages will continue for days.  Here... Read more »

Storms of August 28

August 28, 2018–Thunderstorms are moving through the Chicago area this afternoon and evening. Still, the cicadas are singing in the rain. Here’s what was happening on this day in weather history– August 28, 2017–Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Harvey is the second most damaging storm, after Hurricane Katrina, to hit the mainland United States.  Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 as... Read more »

Hurricane Season---August 2018

It should be a quiet 5-day period in the Atlantic basin with no tropical cyclones expected. You can always catch the latest outlook at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/mN1HqBPeYs — NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) August 20, 2018 What a difference a year makes! In June, NOAA had forecast an active hurricane season for 2018. This was not good... Read more »
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Tom Skilling--40 years of weather

If you live in the Chicago area, you know who Tom Skilling is. He is the Chief Meteorologist at WGN-TV, and this week they celebrated his 40th anniversary there. Congratulations, Mr. Skilling! Weather forecasting has come a long way in 40 years, and Tom has been at the forefront of these advancements in radar and... Read more »

Winter in July

Winter in July
Winter in July, it is a dream of snow.  It is white sheets waving on a clothesline, white butterflies dancing on white flowers. It is a cool breeze and a gray sky, an almost autumnal feel, a favorite jacket in the light evening rain.  Blankets at night. Real winter is months away. It is a memory of blizzards, or a future... Read more »

Summer Solstice 2018

Summer Solstice 2018
Our journey around the sun continues, and the June solstice is almost here. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, this means astronomical summer begins.    This year summer solstice falls on June 21 at 5:07 a.m.  CDT. The sun appears at its northernmost point in our sky, along the Tropic of Cancer. This is... Read more »
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flowers of May

flowers of May
They say May is the month of flowers, and the May flowers here have been magnificent! The cooler and wetter days have contributed to this abundance. How many flowers have you seen? Let’s list some of them– Crocus and daffodils, and the yellow forsythia. And tulips, tulips, tulips! Then come magnolias, redbuds and dogwoods, and... Read more »