Posts in category "seasons"

Solstice New Year

Solstice New Year
Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only dance. ~ T.S. Eliot Solstice greetings! For the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the start of astronomical winter. This is the longest night and shortest day of the year. In  the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the start of summer,... Read more »

Orion, the Hunter

Orion,  the Hunter
Sirius, also known as the dog star, and the star of the  Dog Days of summer is back again. You can find Sirius faithfully beside Orion, the Hunter. The star of the winter constellations,  Orion is visible in the winter sky  from November to February.  Look for  Orion  to rise above the eastern horizon about  8-9... Read more »

Adventures in weather

No, the National Weather Service doesn’t make the weather.  If they did, would they plan a major snowstorm for the biggest travel day of the year?  Expect delays. Planes, trains, busses and cars.  Better yet, leave yesterday. Even though NWS winter ready week  was last week,  winter weather is just getting started.  Here are some... Read more »
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Winter Ready Week

Are you winter ready?  It’s not news that it’s cold out there. Birds have flown. Leaves are brown.  Count the flakes of snow. Welcome to winter, again. Yes, there are  the pleasures of hot coffee, warm boots and favorite sweaters. There is the beauty of red berries on bare branches. There are challengs to winter... Read more »

Return of the polar vortex

  Bundle up, East Coast: Winter is coming early this year. http://t.co/65NeSzBitZ pic.twitter.com/ngH4dnCbOm — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) November 5, 2014 Does this pattern look  disturbingly familiar? The polar vortex pattern that we saw  through the summer will bring back that winter  feeling to the midwest  and the east coast this coming week. What’s causing this... Read more »

November 1, a cross-quarter day

November 1,  a  cross-quarter day
On our common calendar, we call the last day of October  Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve, and November 1 is called All Saint’s Day. But this observance is very old,  even  older than the Celtic Samhain, which is still celebrated  today. Samhain  begins on sunset of October 31 and  is a 3-day celebration of the end... Read more »
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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 »
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