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Remembering the 1990 Blizzard

Twenty-seven years ago yesterday, a one-day blizzard dumped more than 17″ of snow on Madison. I remember it vividly because a city bus got stuck in front of our driveway for more than 12 hours and the driver refused to … Continue reading

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A Bit of the White Stuff

The first snowfall of the season is officially in the books. Light rain turned into giant snowflakes early on Saturday morning. It snowed for about an hour and completely covered the grass, but by late morning it had all melted. … Continue reading

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The Chill is On!

The big flocks of birds that were hanging around our neighborhood were smart to finally move on because it’s been chilly here over the last few days. Now only the tough regulars are visiting the feeders like this cardinal: Temps … Continue reading

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Graupel Showers

Last Monday we got a little preview of winter when rain showers that were forecast for the area dropped graupel instead. Dropped what? Graupel is a snowflake coated with supercooled water droplets. Graupel falls in milky-white pellets. When it’s falling … Continue reading

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Translucent Lilies

About 4.5 inches of rain fell in 90 minutes the other night. It caused a river in our yard that ended up in our basement, but a roofing repair company showed up at my neighbor’s house the next morning, so … Continue reading

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Wet and Weedy

I’ve lost track of how much rain has fallen in June, but it’s about 6 or 7 inches above normal. Last month we had above average rainfall as well. I can honestly say that I have never seen so many … Continue reading

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Pick a Season

The Climate Prediction Center is promising a warm and wet meteorological spring (March-May) for our area. So far March has been, in a word, whiplash. On the first day of March we got a record snowfall for the date—3.7 inches, … Continue reading

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January Skating Rink

We’ve been pelted by just about every type of precipitation over the last couple of days including rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow, and I needed ice skates and a safety helmet to fill the bird feeders the other day. … Continue reading

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Do Birds Play in the Snow?

I was filling the birdfeeders after our first snowfall last week, when I noticed an immature female Northern Cardinal sitting calmly in a nearby snowy evergreen shrub. I started to wonder what it must be like for a bird to … Continue reading

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Winter Stomps in

The first snowfall of the season is usually pretty gentle, so it’s usually not too difficult to ease into the chill and the wet and the shoveling. This year’s entry was more of a whiplash affair. On Saturday the grass … Continue reading

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