Yesterday’s Phenology: A very nice spring day. Probably got up into the upper 50s, and the wind died down, so it was actually almost warm out there. The wee snow-drop flowers are a-coming up in the garden, seems to be a few more than in previous years. Crows still rule the sky, but I did see a flicker, singing an odd song. Maybe it wasn’t a flicker. I’ll have to check the film.
Song of the day: The Drifters, On Broadway
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: 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: Bright winter sun, a nice day. Notalotta melting going on here. Temp in the 20s? Squirrels are throwing nuts at pedestrians, as they do every new year’s eve. Darn squirrels!
Song of the Day, Pink Floyd, Time
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.)
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Yesterday’s Phenology: Winter may be here. The temperature hovered in the low upper mid teens today, but the 20 – 30 mph winds made it seem more like zero. Dry little snow flakes flew by occasionally, as if to emphasize the fact that it was pretty darn cold and windy. In the late afternoon a brilliantly bright object appeared briefly in the sky. Many fell to their knees in wonderment or fear. But then the clouds came back and life went back to normal. The radio weather guy said something to the effect that there is an endless supply of very cold weather coming our way.
Song of the Day: Bob Dylan – Boots Of Spanish Leather