Tag: spring

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 »

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 »

A coat for all seasons

A coat for all seasons
A coat for all seasons, is there such a thing? I am still searching. How many coats does it take to survive a Chicago winter? My fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Kathy Mathews,  models fourteen examples in her wonderful post!  You can read it here. Spring weather also has its challenges. Days of sun, days of rain. Sun and 60’s, rain... Read more »
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Spring fever in a changing climate

Spring fever in a changing climate
March roared in on the last night of February, with gusty winds, large hail, and tornadoes. While severe weather can happen any time of year, such an outbreak in February or early March is really unusual. But it’s been an unusual winter, here. A mild winter. A weird winter. For the first time since they began... Read more »

Spring for a Day

Spring for a Day
Spring came on a Saturday. It was February 18, a little over a month  until  the vernal equinox, but already there was more light in the mornings and evenings.  It was the balmy 70 degree temperatures that took people by surprise. It felt like a mild April day, except the ground was still brown, and the... Read more »

Warmer in the sun, cooler by the lake

After the cold temperatures and April #snow many saw this past weekend, it’s finally going to get warm again. pic.twitter.com/uCTkFZl3yM — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) April 11, 2016 As you can see from the groovy graphic above, warmer days are on the way!  How does 70’s on Saturday sound?   Yes, even as I write... Read more »
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Forsythia in Bloom

Forsythia in Bloom
Spring comes in colors.  One day, purple crocuses appear amid the brown and gray. There are blue hyacinths and yellow daffodils. There are multi-colored tulips in planters and florist shops, and Easter Lilies everywhere. The canopy of trees is barely a  mist of green, but the shrubs are starting to bloom.  Among the  first of... 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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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 »