April, Beginning Again

April,  Beginning Again
April is National Poetry Month, and I’m thinking of TS Eliot, Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare, who all wrote poems with April in them. I think of William Carlos Williams, and “the song of leaves” So beautiful, this time of new green leaves, and sparrows and robins in the branches. Dawn chorus, and the solitary... Read more »

Winter for a Day

Winter for a Day
Now we spring forward with the time change, and lighter at 7pm. again. Counting the days to the spring equinox– Even the word spring sounds delightful. We had a preview for a few days. After the deep freeze and snow of February, sun and 60 degrees melted the ice and snow away. People walked their... Read more »

Spring and All

Spring and All
Sun on melting snow, and warmer days are coming. Chiberia is melting. Spring begins, a little more light each day. This is the second pandemic spring. Once again, the Easter candy is on display at Walgreens. Oh yes! Things are very different this year. We are used to wearing masks now. We are used to... Read more »
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A Dishful of Snow

February 18—Today is Yoko Ono’s Birthday– I was born February 18th, 1933 during a heavy snow in Tokyo. In the morning the nurse opened the curtains to the window to show my mother what happened to the city over the night. The whole city was blanketed with snow, which was shining under the blue sky.... Read more »

Subzero Sunday

Subzero Sunday
Sunday, February 7— Sun and subzero Sunday–Welcome to Chiberia!   Remember Chiberia? Here’s a post from years ago. Brutally cold wind chills, the lake is steaming. The latest round of snow, from winter storm Peggy, is fortunately light and powdery stuff, and not too much of it. I wore four layers to shovel and sweep... Read more »

Saturday Night Snow!

Saturday Night Snow!
Maybe you remember the Big Snow of 1967. The photo above is from the Chicago Tribune Archives, from that record-setting  snow storm in 1967. The storm in the forecast for Saturday night-Sunday morning is forecast to be the biggest snow of the season, so far. Do you  remember the Ground Hog Day blizzard of 2011–ten years ago?... Read more »
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Midwinter reverie

Midwinter reverie
We are half way through meteorological winter!   Yesterday, I wore sneakers. Imagine, sneakers in January!  And hoodies instead of winter coats.  Fortunately for us in Chicago  area,  the winter so far has been mild–temperatures above freezing, and not too much snow. In fact, parts of Texas have more snow totals than Chicago this winter. The... Read more »

Welcome January

Welcome January
Welcome January, and a New Year! Welcome bare trees and cold wind, ice and snow-covered sidewalks. Welcome buds on the branches, and increasing light with each passing day. Welcome to 2021. And maybe when you look back on the past year, you remember how just about a year ago, there was news of a new... Read more »

The Great Conjunction--December 21, 2020

The Great Conjunction--December 21, 2020
Approaching the winter solstice, there is also the Great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn  on December 21. You can read more about the Great Conjunction at Space.com. Jupiter takes less than 12 Earth years to complete an orbit around the sun.  Saturn takes more than 29 Earth years.  Every 20 years they come close to... Read more »
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Winter-ready forecast

Winter-ready forecast
Meteorological winter  begins December 1.  Astronomical winter  is less than 2 weeks away. The winter solstice will be on December 21. Now is the time of the earliest sunsets of the year in Chicago–4:19 pm, from December 2-13. Now is also the season of bare  branches and red berries, milkweed pods scattering seeds to the wind.  But... Read more »