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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