Archive for 2020

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 »

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 »

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 »

Phases of October Moons

Phases of October Moons
In the midst of these uncertain times, there is the ever-changing moon. Every night, a different face. Perhaps the most familiar is the round full moon. It is the bane of werewolves!  It is older than humans, and the inspiration of music and myth, stories, paintings, photographs and poetry. The month of October offers crisp clear... Read more »

The Best Time to Plant a Tree

The Best Time to Plant a Tree
Fall is often considered the best time of year to plant new trees. Late August, September and October have good gardening weather, here. There may be rain for the new plants, and still mild days and sun. The hottest days of summer are past, and the ground isn’t frozen yet. Fall  is the season gone to... Read more »
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Sun and Sunday

Sun and Sunday
You can feel the season changing. Fall is coming. Rain, and the rainy sound of cicadas. Temps in the 60’s feel more like 50’s.  In the past few days, people have gone from shorts and T-shirts to hoodies and jeans. My furnace came on overnight! The virus is still with us.  It changed  all the things we would do in the summer, and... Read more »

After the August 10 Derecho

A week ago today, on August 10, a line of storms raced through Iowa and central Illinois and headed for Chicago. Over 100 mph winds were reported in the Quad Cities. There were flight delays at Midway and O’Hare airports, and Metra trains were halted. It was fast and furious! A line storm. A derecho. What is... Read more »

Severe Weather Alert

Severe Weather Alert
As if 2020 couldn’t get more scary, there’s a line of very strong storms heading for Chicago– A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin until 7 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/QadSIJ2uM1 — NWS Severe Tstorm (@NWSSevereTstorm) August 10, 2020 Here’s the timing from NWS Chicago– Expected severe storm arrival... Read more »
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"Neither snow nor rain..."

"Neither snow nor rain..."
You may know this as the motto  of the United Sates Postal Service–“neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night shall stay these couriers from their appointed rounds…” While this is not the official motto of the Post Office, according to Mental Floss, it is still true that  this is the mission of the USPS. Postal... Read more »