Song of the day: Maria Callas, La Traviata, Addio Del Passato
Yesterday’s weather: hot and humid, if you want to know. All the Big thunderstorms went south of the TC during the day. Thunderstorms north of us in the evening, but 50/50 whether they will come down to visit us. Japanese beetles are widespread this summer, and many complaints on NextDoor websit about trees dripping sap everywhere. I guess this is a sappy summer. I have noticed some sticky sidewalks. Not pleasant for me, and can’t be pleasant for Flynn. Linden trees seem to be a big offender, and they also have a lot of the Japanese Beetles. Have I mentioned that we have millions of rapsberries?
Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, She’s No Lady
Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, Summer Wind
Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, the phenology portion of our show has basically turned into a weather report. Not exactly what I had in mind. And so I may occasionally add phenology notes, but it’s not going to be on a daily basis. (Unless I start seeing actual Phenology on a daily basis, which seems unlikely.) Yesterday was a beautiful day, the morning was cool and the dew was a heavy layer of sparkle on the grass. In the afternoon there was a nice thunderstorm. I was mocked by blackbirds on my way to work.
Song of the day: Lyle Lovett, She’s Already Made Up Her Mind
Yesterday’s Phenology: A nice thunderstorm rolled through yesterday evening and into the night, and the day following was cloudy with periods of rain and in about the 70s range. Nice. The evening cleared and turned sunny. Things are pretty quiet on the Phenology front. Nobody here is enjoying the warmth and the humidity.
Song of the day: The Mama’s and the Papa’s, Twelve-thirty
Song of the day: Bonnie Raitt, Angel from Montgomery
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another summer day. High in the upper 80s, 90% sunny, maybe a bit humid, a tiny breeze. Water level on the Mississippi is very down, with lots of beach to walk on. Lots of wildflowers in the prairie are blooming, so says the weatherguide calendar, and I can verify, the small patch of “prairie” that I bike through is all abloom, very pretty.
Song of the Day: Arlo Guthrie, Walkin’ Down the Line
Yesterday’s Phenology: Just plain hot. I checked weather.com in the mid afternoon: “95.4 degrees. Feels like 114.” Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far, but there was an awful lot of sunshine out there that rather discouraged outdoor activities. Tomorrow should be more pleasant. But no rain is in sight.
Song of the day: The Temptations, I Wish it Would Rain
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another very nice day, with temps in the low 80s, perhaps, and lower humidity. Geese and ducks abound on the pond. Japanese beetles are back too, unfortunately. Very dry in our neighborhood, while surrounding areas of the cities have been drenched by recent rains.
Song of the day: Bruce Springsteen, State Trooper
Yesterday’s Phenology: A sudden moment of nice weather. Cloudy all day, and the temperature peaked I think in the upper 60s. Delightful. Noticed a couple of large sized birds flying together above the river early this morning. No idea what they were. Eagles? Possible, but too far away to say.
Song of the day: Tom Waits, Blue Valentines
Yesterday’s Phenology: Big storms last night, everywhere around here but not here. Here the lawns are turning brown. We had a little thunder last night, and a little wind, and a little rain. Not much. We could use some rain.
Song of the Day, Chuck Berry, Maybellene
Yesterday’s Phenology: Warmish and Humidish. Noticed a parade of Canadian Geese marching out of our parking lot at work and up the hill to the pond. It was as if a tour bus had pulled up and let them out. They rather seemed like they were going to work.
Song of the day: Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t got that Swing
Song of the day: Patsy Cline, Walkin’ After Midnight
Yesterday’s Phenology: Warmish, but mostly cloudy, which kept it from being hotish, I suppose. Saw the usual birds, and a few interesting bugs that I couldn’t identify, other than to say, coleoptra, probably. One of them may have been a youthful Japanese beetle. I bet.
Song of the day: The Mamas & The Papas, Monday Monday
Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny Summer Day. There were any number of clouds up there, but they avoided the sun, mostly, as much as they could. Can’t blame them. The sun is pretty darn warm. There was a bit of a northwesterly wind on my bike ride, which made the ride home a bit easier, and the wind picked up a bit later, as we visited the dog park in Hastings. Herons and egrets flying about. Not an awful day. Just a bit warm.
Song of the day: Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, with Betty Roche, Take the “A” Train
Yesterday’s Phenology: A much nicer day, cooler, 80s, and much less humid. Geese and egrets enjoying the pond in Maplewood.
Song of the day: Eric Burdon and The Animals, San Franciscan Nights