Posts in category "seasons"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Thundersnow? Yes!!!

Now, winter storm Neptune  blankets the northeast. Boston is getting more snow in a month than Chicago has  ever had in an entire  winter. Ever. Here is a video of Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore reporting on the scene of the storm. If you’re tired of snow, this is for you. If you love snow,... Read more »
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Snow Shovel Angels

After the snow come the snow shovel angels. Do you know some? Are you one? Did you help a neighbor with his car stuck in the alley? Yes, there are real  snow angels!  That generous guy with the new snowblower who says it’s easier for him to do the whole block. Thank you! The neighbor... Read more »

Super Sunday Snow--live blog

Super Sunday Snow--live blog
  Live from Oak Park–Sunday morning–snow falling overnight, and still falling. It’s like the snow of Japanese prints, covering everything in 4-5 inches of white stuff. There are no sidewalks, no roadways, no porches, no cars. There are a few hardy  souls out already shoveling, even as the snow falls.  It’s thick and heavy, the... Read more »

Great Northeastern Blizzard 2015

RT @NASA: @NOAASatellites eyes developing US Nor’easter. Blizzard conditions expected http://t.co/Hn5ufyjoCY pic.twitter.com/qSHuW5NOzH — NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 26, 2015   You can see this thing from space. The entire East Coast is facing a winter storm of  historic, unprecedented   proportions. The worst blizzard in Chicago history also happened on this date–January 26, 1967.  Here  is that... Read more »
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Chiberian Chic

Greetings from CHIBERIA!  As you know, it’s cold out there. How cold is it?  I could cry, but there’s no crying in Chiberia–the tears will freeze on your face. The wind is making the sunlight flicker in the trees. There’s blowing, drifting snow. For those who walk or work outside, dressing for subzero is a... Read more »