Backyard Almanac

Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning. Have a question for Larry Weber? Email us and you might hear his answer on the show!

 

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Charged with subbing for Larry Weber this week, Carol Andrews* got out and took a walk before sunrise (see photo).  She's got the scoop on the furred, the feathered and the phenological this morning.

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Last Saturday's 60 degrees at the National Weather Service was a record high temperature for March 12 ... 

and this past week's snow/rain/slush event set a record for precipitation.  The 1 1/2 inches of moisture we saw on Wednesday is more than is usual for the entire month of March! 

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Larry Weber says a 60 degree weekend in March is kinda like a box of chocolates: 

it's no diet for the long run, but it is a lovely treat once in a while.

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Snow today ... sunshine tomorrow ... and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.  Larry Weber on March in the Northland.

This weekend's forecast calls for sunny skies and 45 degrees on Saturday ... and clouds, a 50/50 chance of snow and a high of 20 on Sunday.

And that, says Larry Weber, is March in a nutshell.

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  The unseasonably warm few days we've had are in stark contrast to last week's 4-day stretch with sub-zero temps reported.  Though it did not get below freezing last night in many places in the region, Larry Weber points out that we are still a month away from the vernal equinox.  Hence, he has coined the term "pseudo-spring" for this unusual turn of events.

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While romance is in the pre-Valentine's air for wild canids ... these two Pileated Woodpeckers are just having a nice dinner together.

Snowshoe hares and squirrels are dancing; foxes, wolves and coyotes are singing ... and as always, Larry Weber is the head cheerleader.

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We're celebrating the 20th anniversary of -60 below in Tower, MN this coming week!

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Don't let them begin the benign, let it snow

Let the clippers of winter dip south and begin to deep-freeze me

Let the windchills that stuttered my heart continue to seize me

And we suddenly know, it's El Nino we're in

When they begin the benign....

(with apologies to Cole Porter)

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Only Larry Weber could see -20 temperatures as an aid to mindfulness and "being in the moment."

Photo by Colleen Bowen

1959.  One of the best-selling cars in the US was the "fins and flash" Ford Fairlane.

Kids were rockin' 'round the clock to Bobby Darin, Frankie Avalon, the Platters, the Coasters ... and more than a few Northland teens had seen Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper at the Winter Dance Party  in January at the Duluth Armory.

Folks shopped at Kresge's or Oreck's Department Store or Glass Block downtown and brought home treats from the Danish Bakery on the west end.

Photo by Kurt Bauschardt (flickr)

Larry comments on our unseasonably warm December we've experienced (with no sub-zero temps reported by the NOAA!) in part due to the abundance of cloudy days so far this winter.  Tomorrow is perihelion, when the earth will be at its closest point to the sun in its annual revolution.

Every year, on the last Backyard Almanac of December, Larry Weber makes a request that has nothing to do phenology or the natural world: he just wants to hear John McCutcheon's song, "Christmas in the Trenches."  So this year, we decided to make some additional information about the song - and the story behind it - clickable for other fans.

Larry Weber's renamed the season: "Desummber." 

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