Category: history

Feels Like Midsummer

Feels Like Midsummer
Meteorological summer begins on June 1, and the calendar is just past the first week of June. In the old Celtic calendar, which was based on solstices and equinoxes, summer season begins on May 1 –about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. August 1, halfway between the summer solstice and the fall... Read more »

Full Blood Flower Moon, Auroras--and Brood X!

Full Blood Flower Moon, Auroras--and Brood X!
Coming this week—the full flower moon, on May 26. This full moon will also be a total lunar eclipse, called a blood moon. You can read more about blood moons here. This total eclipse won’t be visible in the midwest, unfortunately. But if you are up very early on May 26, you could see a... Read more »

New Climate Normals

New Climate Normals
Recently, NOAA released its new 30-year normals for our changing climate, spanning the years 1991-2020. For the past decade, the normals have been based on weather observations from 1981 to 2010. What do these “new normals” show? A warmer and wetter climate, evidence of global warming. As many climatologists and environmentalists have been saying, a... Read more »
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Days of Grass

Days of Grass
It was Saturday, the First of May. Sun and blue sky and green leaves. May 1 is a day sacred in ancient times, the day half way between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is a day of celebration. And it seemed many people had the same idea. It was grass-cutting day! Wake... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

November in Amber

November in Amber
Over half way through November,  already. There are still a few  leaves on the trees.  The amber-colored leaves are a beautiful contrast to the sharp blue sky.  It is as if the fall is suspended, a leaf  held by a thread of spider silk. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been declared the new President and Vice-President.... Read more »
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election forecast

election forecast
This post is for all of you who are feeling anxiety like me right now. We know that this is the most important election in our lifetime. So much is on the ballot besides candidates and names! Maybe this time you have already voted early in person, just to be sure your vote will be... Read more »