THE PERIPHERY Environmentalism Grows Up
Today's environmentalists are using a more cooperative approach to see a cleaner planet.
Maybe you saw the video of a teacher blowing up her students who dont volunteer to participate in carbon reduc... Posted on 11/26/13 at 3:38 PM
THIS WOMAN WRITES Young Children: Homeschooling Them is FUN
Last week we talked about Homeschooling Young Children, and this week, we're going to bullet point some easy, fun, doable learning ideas that you can incorporate into your schooling day, and indeed,... Posted on 8/29/13 at 2:34 PM
THE BRIDGEHUNTER'S CHRONICLES Maple Rapids Road Bridge lost to Mother Nature
Neglect and Mother Nature brought this bridge down last week
If there was a word that should be added to the historic preservation glossary, it would be Neglect. A process of ignoring the needs of ... Posted on 4/11/13 at 10:37 AM
A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Letting Go, Letting Life
The trek was over.
I got back to Zhuhai, my home in China for the past eleven months. But though I was done trekking, I wasn't through with traveling: I had 48 left in China to ready for a long journ... Posted on 10/6/12 at 8:21 AM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Heated Leftovers
Writing a column is like preparing dinner; sometimes you make a nice
Sunday dinner and sometimes you heat up leftovers. You are getting
the latter this week.
I heard a recent study... Posted on 6/23/12 at 7:27 AM
The ground is frozen, and after several nights of temperatures lower than 20 degrees, the ice has formed on the nearby lake and swamps. And with the new snowfall that fell yesterday, these are great conditions for a walk. The snow cover is about only one inch, and substantial snowfalls are yet to come. This makes walking on the trails, in the woods and over the ice easy.
With the cold and snow of late November, we get to witness the onset of the chilly season in the Northland. Each year we observe this seasonal change during the second half of this cooling month. Starting with the small ponds and then the shallow swamps, the wetlands wear a coat of ice. Lakes, being larger and deeper, postponed the freeze until recently. Subsequently, the ground freezes too and with this cold substrate, snowfall is able to stay and maybe even accumulate. Many years, the snow that falls at this time will remain and mark the beginning of our continuous snowpack, lasting until April, frequently for more than 120 days. The landscape has taken on a new view, one that we’ll get used to and live with in the coming months.
After a month of colder-than-normal temperatures, the thaw of the last few days of December came as a surprise. A respite from the chill is often welcomed, but with these days filled with rain, many Northlanders would have preferred the cold.
November exited with a repeat of the statistics for the whole month. Though the second half was much colder than normal, we experienced a respite during this waning time and, for two days, we reached far above the freezing temperatures.
During our outdoor activities in the next few weeks, if you think that you’ve just seen an insect on the snow or one fly by, you probably did. You may have just seen winter crane flies, not mosquitoes, and they are not going to bite.
Last weekend’s snow was welcomed by some of us, and it may have changed our November. This month was previously far above normal in temperature. Only three days before the snowfall, Duluth recorded nearly 60 degrees — the warmest day of the month.
As autumn unfolds from September into October, we continue to see how nature is preparing for the coming cold. Probably the most obvious are the trees that are now shedding their leaves, usually among a blaze of color that is hard to miss.
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