Category: nature

Severe Weather Sunday

Tornado Warning including Bolingbrook IL, Orland Park IL, Tinley Park IL until 11:45 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/cKzplWj7Cp— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) June 21, 2021 Overcast Sunday, and the Storm Prediction Center issued warnings of severe weather Sunday night—thunderstorms, damaging winds, possible tornadoes for Illinois, including Dekalb County and Cook County. A wall cloud was spotted in DeKalb... Read more »

Saturday Thunderstorm

Saturday Thunderstorm
There was a chance of rain on Saturday, but people were watering their tomatoes anyway. The sign on the bank on my way to the grocery store read 90 degrees at 9:15. The sky was hot and blue. When I got home, I washed my yard work pants, and hung them outside to dry. There... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Flowering Season

Flowering Season
“The alphabet of the trees is fading in the song of leaves …” —-William Carlos Williams We do not get the news from poems. But spring is here in Chicago, and we are once again saddened by needless death. Shootings in Indianapolis and Austin, Texas. In Chicago, people marched in the streets for Adam Toledo,... Read more »

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 »
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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 »