Tag: winter

Big Snow Moon

Big Snow Moon
Monday morning started with lake-effect snow, softly falling, covering streets and sidewalks.  There was shoveling and snow-blowing, and the feeling of accomplishment  of clearing a pathway or a parking space. By the afternoon,  the snow had melted on the darker surfaces of streets and sidewalks.  Such is the changing weather, here. If you think it’s been... Read more »

Sparrows in Winter

Sparrows in Winter
They are the birds of winter, the survivors, the sparrows chirping  on the rooftops. Even in winter, puffed up against the cold, perching on the stems of the sunflowers and autumn grasses. They are bold in their audacity, earth-colored in brown and grey.  They are with us all winter, cheerful company,  even in the cold and snow... Read more »

Chiberian Survival Tips

Chiberian Survival Tips
It’s  cold out there!  Colder than Alaska, colder than Antarctica.  And it’s going to get even colder. And there will be snow.  Chiberia is back. Remember? Yes, warmer days are coming, but in the meantime,  how do we survive this deep freeze? Drinking and brooding were  Mike Royko’s favorite ways of getting through a Chicago winter. But there... Read more »
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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 »

Forecasting weather--it's an art--and science!

After likely light snow accums this wknd, additional rounds of accumulating snow are *possible* next work wk. Here’s a good reminder about challenges of winter wx forecasting & why it’s too early for specifics on the potential snow next wk. Created by @NWSKansasCity #ilwx #inwx pic.twitter.com/OxHHQxVZcE — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 2, 2018 Consulting groundhogs... Read more »

Are you winter-ready?

Are you winter-ready?
Ready or not, winter has arrived. Meteorologists define winter as the three coldest months of the year–December, January and February. Traditionally, winter begins around December 21, at the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. You can read more here. Even older tradition calls the winter solstice midwinter, as it falls halfway through the darkest time... Read more »
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December Solstice

December Solstice
Yes, these are dark times, and winter is here. For meteorologists, winter  begins on December 1. Astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere  begins on the December solstice. This year, it falls on December 21 at 4:40 am Central Time.  At the time of the December solstice, the sun appears to be  directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn in... Read more »

Winter has Arrived!

Cold, snow, and more cold. Sounds a lot like winter across the Midwest. pic.twitter.com/fee7ZZgU7h — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) December 7, 2016 Winter has arrived,  with snow and cold, boots and  hoodies, and  early sunsets.  Yes, it gets dark at 4:20 in the afternoon these days. December 3-15  are the earliest sunsets of the year, here. December Solstice (Winter... Read more »

100 words for snow

It occurs to me we need to expand our winter weather vocabulary. Meteorologists are beginning to repeat themselves. Snow and cold, Snow and cold.  They have this awkward  look of bearers of bad news. We, too, are becoming dispirited, at a loss for words. Citizens of Chiberia!  It’s been  tough, this year. Maybe the worst winter... Read more »
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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
Solstice greetings, gentle readers. The solstice on December 21 marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of what we call astronomical winter. It also means the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere, and summer  in Antarctica! The solstice occurs at the same time  for everyone, everywhere on Earth. For those of... Read more »