Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny, with a cold nip in the air. Scattered remnant of recent snow fall reminds one a bit of winter, though here we are in March already. Late in the day a pack of crows mocked me in the back yard. I shook my fist at them. Didn’t help.
Song of the day: Bob Dylan, I Threw it All Away
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another cold day. Seems to be a trend. Every January, seems to be cold in Minnesota. Today, -5 when I woke up. -31 in Hibbing. -39 in Crookston. I hate to think what the wind chill might have been up there. Makes -5 seem not so bad, like an early spring morning. A lack of new fallen snow was also welcome, and it was actually almost bright outside on my drive home from work. Perhaps this is the nadir of our winter?
Song of the day: James Taylor, Steamroller
Yesterday’s Phenology: I had limited contact with the day. It didn’t snow, for a change, but morning and evening were cold, and now it’s getting colder, -10 territory. And a little breeze to cool us down. The crows don’t seem to notice. They seem particularly happy in the winter, which seems a little odd. But they do kind of have the run of the place now.
Song of the Day: David Byrne, Naive Melody
Yesterday’s Phenology: Cold, but not real cold, and breezy, but not real breezy. Mostly sunny. (Deceptive.) Now that I think it over, there was a pretty cold wind coming from the North as I was walking the dog this afternoon. We peaked at 9 today, and are back near the zero mark right now. It’s a good thing that the days are getting longer, otherwise winter can just grind you down. The longer days give one hope.
Song of the Day: Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane
Yesterday’s Phenology: Well, about 7 inches of snow, I guess, and about 4 or 5 degrees when I got up this morning and went out to clear snow. That was the high temp, probably. The day was sunny and cloudy and cold. Masses of sparrows are lined up at our bird feeder, waiting their turn. Now, as night moves on -9, and headed down towards -20 tonight. Reminding me of Christmases past, up north, where it always seemed to be -20 or so.
Song of the Day: Talking Heads, Take Me to the River
Yesterday’s Phenology: Another brief December day. Some very bright sunshine in the early morning, then clouded up. The snow hasn’t diminished much since it fell, but it has been pushed around quite a lot by the wind. A brisk -7 this morning, when I got up. I think it peaked at about 2 today, and it’s still two now. Two is nicer than -7, and much nicer than -20. There’s was a beautiful big full moon in the sky a couple nights ago, and still this morning. Also, sundogs, both yesterday and today. I think that means that spring is coming. Though they say we’ll be getting some snow this weekend, and a bit of cold weather as well.
Song of the Day: Trip Shakespeare, Snow Days (again.)
Yesterday’s Phenology: Winter is coming. It was perhaps in the mid 20s today, but a gusty cold wind made it seem more like single digits. Curiously enough, we also had cloudy skies all day, for about the 200th day in a row. (Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I like a cloudy day.) Global Clouding?
They are getting a blizzard out in NoDak and bits of NW Minnesota. Here we have cold and wind and a few stray flakes that have blown across the border. Temperature is dropping. Barometer is rising. We all know what that means.
Song of the Day: Janis Joplin, Get It While You Can