Category: seasons

Mosquito season

Mosquito season
Here we are in the heart of summer, and  the gardens are  lush. Daylilies, beebalm and milkweeds are blooming. Tomatoes are thriving in the sun. And for now, the extreme heat and humidity have passed.  How wonderful it is to sit outside. And now,  here come the mosquitos!  Not just a  nuisance, mosquitos can be  carriers of many diseases–among them,... 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 »

Hello, summer!

Hello, summer!
For most of us in Chicago, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer season, which lasts until Labor Day. It’s the season of farmers’ markets and festivals and outdoor events.  It seems every weekend there are block parties, yard sales, weddings and parties, too. It’s the season of al fresco dining, and concerts under the... 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 »

May days at last!

May days at last!
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... Read more »

Winter Storm X

The calendar may say it’s spring, but it won’t feel that way today in the Great Lakes and Northeast. A major winter storm continues to impact the Northern Tier today. Learn more about winter weather safety: https://t.co/Ax3iZcVDA3 pic.twitter.com/A1L9uxiLIH — NWS (@NWS) April 15, 2018 Severe weather season is here–tornadoes have been spotted in Arkansas and... Read more »
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April fooling, maybe even snow

Apr low pressure records were set from TN to MI to VT when a windy Apr 1-3, 1970 cyclone rapidly strengthened across the Midwest & Northeast. @NWSChicago recorded their heaviest April snowstorm on record when 10.7″ fell. April 1970 became Chicago’s 2nd snowiest April on record. pic.twitter.com/JoLNwY1bMA — NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) April 2, 2018 April is... Read more »

Spring for a day!

Spring for a day!
Today was one of those mild March days, when the sky is cloudless blue, and warmer in the sun, when the crocuses are coming up in all the yards, and the pussy willows are beginning to open. Robins are everywhere.  Cats are rolling on the sidewalks. People are out on bicycles. It’s spring for a day!... Read more »

The many weathers of March

March 1  marks the start of Meteorological Spring, but this doesn’t mean that there won’t be more wintery snow and cold. In Chicago we are currently enjoying pleasant weather, but in the Northeast, a major storm is raging. In the UK, they are also dealing with snowstorms. Even Rome is a winter wonderland. There is an old saying–March is many... Read more »
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Winter Olympics Chicago Style

Winter Olympics Chicago Style
Well it’s time for the Winter Olympics again, and maybe you are wondering how you can be a part of it all in addition to watching on TV.  Have you always wanted to try downhill skiing, or envied figure skaters?  It’s not too late. It’s winter here in Chicago, and we have plenty of ice and snow right... Read more »