In today's Star Tribune, Paul Douglas is a man after my own heart. He writes:"If you're keeping track, there are only 32 days left until Valentine's Day; 47 days left until Meteorological Spring (March 1st) and only 66 days left until the Vernal Equinox (March 20). To be honest, I can't believe it's already the 13th of January. Before we know it, we'll be able to start buying petunias and pansies! #OptimismOf course, the way last Spring played out in Minnesota, I'm not sure the arrival of Spring is all that meteorologically significant. We perpetually live in hope. Mr. Douglas didn't mention it but Minneapolis' average high reaches 32 usually during the last week of February (less than 47 days away). That leads to Spring green up and leaf out becoming noticeable in late April to mid-May. Could you use a reminder of what happens when that occurs? Here's what Spring can look like.
"Not sure if that positive spin helped any, but the good news is that we're heading in the right direction. We've managed to pick up nearly 20 minutes of extra daylight since the Winter Solstice a little more than 3 weeks ago. By the end of January, we'll have gained nearly 40 to 50 minutes!"
Spring green up © harrington
Just weeks before these trees started to turn green, we got hit with a notable April snowstorm. Then, southeastern Minnesota got over a foot of snow last May 1 to 3. This is what early Spring looked like last year.
April 19, 2013 snow storm © harrington
Getting back to where we actually are on the calendar, according to the Anishnaabe (Chippewa, Ojibwe), this week's full moon, which is on January 15, is called Gichimanidoo-giizis, the Great Spirit Moon. For the Ojibwe, January is the Great Spirit Moon because that is when the Great Spirit has a birthday. Caroline Caddy tells us about another way to relate to the moon.
Editing the Moon
Be preciseauthority is magic.When you think you've got it straightwax wane declinationfeel the movement under your handone summer morningas you observe it setthen rise that night.Always use a well-sharpened pencilfollowed by a good eraser.Watch the white emerge.
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