Category: seasons

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 »

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 »
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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 »