Category Archives: Weather

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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The Oz Coroner Says…

Like the Wicked Witch of the East in the Wizard of Oz, my annuals are not merely dead but “really most sincerely dead.” The temperature dipped below 20 degrees (F) over the weekend. Even the plants nestled against the house … Continue reading

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November Strong

It’s almost mid-November and the nighttime temperatures still haven’t dropped low enough for a heavy frost or freeze in my backyard. I didn’t rip out my annuals yet because the birds are still eating seeds from the flower heads, and … Continue reading

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Wet and Wild at the Birdfeeders

It’s not my imagination that the weather has felt more like Seattle than southern Wisconsin this year. On Tuesday night a local meteorologist shared that our area had just enjoyed its 8th day in a row with no rain. The … Continue reading

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Hail No!

We just spent a week in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and while we were gone our neighborhood endured yet another severe weather event. This time is was a nasty hail storm. Hail as big as 1.75″ was reported … Continue reading

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