Aut-win

Brent Johns

Larry Weber's been talking about AutWin for years, but he's finally written a book about it.

Then he and Sparky Stensaas teamed up to illustrate it with lush photos of the animals, plants, birds, berries, nuts, insects and spiders you can find at that magical time of year after the leaf drop and before the first there-for-the-duration snowfall.

In other news, the first half of January has been "unimpressive," but the snow cover is great  for seeing  animal tracks.

© USFWS Midwest Region

Grey November is upon us.  After the cold spell earlier this month ten degrees lower than normal, temps in the Northland have now risen back to typical November levels. 

The last thirty days have yielded less than one inch of snow.  

©JR Kelsey. Used with permission.

Many times in 2019, the first half and second halves of the month bore little resemblance to each other.

Perhaps November is headed in that direction also.

Garth Williams, original sketch for "Charlotte's Web," 1952

Aut-win proceeds apace, that time between the leaf drop and the first lasting snow cover.

Thanks to the end of Daylight Saving Time, we'll get a 25-hour day on Sunday.

What do you play to do with your extra hour? Watch the hawk migration continue at Hawk Ridge

Autumn Mott Rodeheaver/Unsplash

It's that time of October again when Mother Nature sends us some yard work, and since KUMD listeners were (appropriately) becoming members and watching it snow last weekend, the gorgeous few days to come will be just perfect for buttoning up the last of the yard work.

©John Krumm. Used with Permission.

Larry Weber has the stats as we say goodbye to October ... plus a look ahead to the changes we'll see in November, what's easy to see in his beloved season of aut-win, and some fabulous things to enjoy with the earlier-than-usual sunsets after Sunday.

* Remember to "fall backward," this weekend as we say goodbye to Daylight Saving Time, too.  And Larry recommends listening to an extra hour of KUMD.

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Who knew?

Woolly bear caterpillars actually DO grow up into something: the Isabella tiger moth!

Below-average temps and above-average rainfall for the month, but last year at this time, we were about to get socked with over ten inches of snow!  

©Lisa Johnson

Larry Weber says it's tamarack time!

Carron Brown/Flickr

The leaves have turned, snowshoe hares are turning and clocks will be turned this weekend.

©Lisa Johnson

Spiders ballooning, raptors migrating, some lingering butterflies and the World Series moths fluttering ...

And all this before Larry Weber's favorite season of aut-win!

Bernard Spragg. NZ/Flickr

Larry offers a wrap-up of our warmer-and-wetter-than-usual November, bids adieu to the snowpack for now, and welcomes the rain: "Every walk has been a fungal find!"

Lisa Johnson

We bid adieu to Aut-win, Larry's post-leaf-drop/pre-snow season ... and welcome the season of tracks.

Sharon Mollerus/Flickr

Larry Weber says our temperatures so far in this month (the average is usually 32; so far our average is 50) are not normal.

Thorsburg Photography

This week's wind and rain resulted in the big leaf drop Larry Weber's been predicting ... but it's also made for a good week at Hawk Ridge with over a thousand raptors migrating through.