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Winter of days gone by

So, looking back at this winter so far, I’m a bit reminded of winters from my childhood. The difference being that this year’s winter happened most years, minus perhaps the arctic vortex that we got last week.

So while we lived in Minnesota only for a couple of years when I wasn’t even in school yet and when we do visit these days, it’s in the summer time, this article reminded me of the Minnesota (and even Missouri) winters of my childhood.

The article is entitled “Minnesota winters ain’t what they used to be over at the Grist. Oh, for the winters of days gone by, when I was in school. Now if I just get work to take a snow day. Hmmm?



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I must admit, this article makes me hope we get some snow this winter. As a kid, I got the chance to experience snow in all its glory, from sledding down our neighborhood street to making a snowman or even a snow fort in our front yard.

When my kids were younger, I always tried to get them outside if it snowed. While we haven’t had a lot of snow over the years and don’t have a great big hill to sled down, we did have our driveway. I even have a few pictures to prove it. I’ve often thought I would love to spend a few days in the winter at our family cabin in Minnesota,

Anyway, the article is entitled “Don’t hibernate this winter” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. I can only imagine what it’s like up north, especially in Winnipeg, where we got the chance to go for a day while on our family vacation a couple of summers ago.



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Go north young man

As a kid on our family vacations out west to see my grandparents, both in California and later Arizona, tumbleweed were not an uncommon sight. So when I read this article entitled “Snowball ‘Tumbleweeds’ Blow Across Antartica” by Kacey Deamer over at Live Science, imagine my surprise.



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Poetry night

So lately I’ve been writing a little poetry and I thought I would post this one on Winter entitled When Snow Comes Calling:

From tip to tip
And wing to wing
The view is clear
While the birds still sing

The sky is blue
The leaves have fallen
Winter will arrive
When snow comes calling



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So we finally had our first real snow fall last week and while it wasn’t much, something like a couple of inches, it made me realize how much I miss snow. The weekend before that, I tried the experiment of taking boiling water and throwing it into the air on a cold night but, unfortunately it wasn’t cold enough.

Anyway, tonight (despite no snow), I thought I would post this article entitled “This is how snowflakes are born (video)” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. If that doesn’t work for you, how about this poem by Wendell Berry entitled Like Snow:

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out

Snowy dreams!


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Welcome to winter

When I came upon this article over at Live Science it reminded me of how when the weather is warm like it is now in the middle of December, I must remember that winter has really only just begun.

The article is entitled “Winter: The Coldest Season” by Nola Taylor Redd. Meanwhile, I’ll just sit here waiting for the snow to fall as the sun continues to shine on a rather warm (mid-fifties) day.

Happy Holidays!


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Where’s the snow (or frost)?

So far this winter here in the Midwest, we’ve had zero snow and little frost and from the looks of the forecast into next week, there’s none on the horizon. All we’ve gotten so far is lots of rain.

Up north, there is also concern but it’s about a loss of whats called permafrost, the frozen soil that can stretch as much as 650 meters below the tundra’s surface.

With the warm weather there, it’s beginning to melt and because of this, there have been multiple studies on the subject. This according to the article entitled Five new studies that change our understanding of permafrost” by Krista Langlois over at High Country News.

For more information, check out the article entitled “The chilling science on Alaska’s melting permafrost , which is on one of the studies.

Stay tuned!


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No sledding!?


I remember coming across an article last year that talked about how the city of Dubuque, Iowa was going to (and eventually did) outlaw sledding. Here’s an article from Radio Iowa entitled “Dubuque Decision on Sledding Ban Getting Lots of Attention“.

Then I came across this article tonight entitled “To Toboggan or Not to Toboggan? Canadians Can’t Agree” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. Are you serious? No sledding? We’ll at least my kids can still sled here in St. Louis, Missouri.



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The snow it is a comin’

So here I sit the night before the first of three snow storms arrives. The first thought I had was, I’ll get the chance to tweet how much we get with the help of my youngest son over at the Scistarter, a citizen science website.

The thought that didn’t come to mind was maybe I” tale some pictures of the snowflakes. So when I saw this article over at Earthsky, I thought I can do this. For the answer to that, stay tune. Meanwhile, the article is entitled “How to Take Photos of Snowflakes“. I have my camera ready.

I’m dreaming of a white Tuesday!


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Let it snow, let it snow

So today we got another inch of snow and then I came across this article, “New Study Shows How Helping Desert Soil Could Save Our Snow” by Sarah Jane Keller over at the High Country News. Needless to say it peaked my interest.

In part because I seem to recall reading a book several years ago on the origins of hurricanes (though for the life of me, I don’t recall the title) and how they frequently begin their journey’s along the coast of Africa.

I was also reminded of another book called Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland. Anyway, when I read this article, I found it timely what with those books and the weather this past week in the Midwest.



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