Dragonflies

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Much cooler weather seemed strange and remarkable this past week, but Larry Weber says, that's because temperatures dropped down to "normal" from nasty hot.

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For one thing, temperatures have dropped from the 80s and 90s to the low 70s here in the Northland. 

But Larry is still concerned about the rainfall amounts: we're 2" behind where we should be at this time of year.

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Forget May; July is bustin' out all over!

From summer frogs and turtles to flies (dragon-, butter-, and deer-) to berries and wildflowers, July is just begging for you to get out into the middle of it.

And here's some phenology phenology (phenology about phenology?): what we were talking about last year at this time.

Back in 1936 over a ten day period in July, Duluth set seven record high temperatures that still stand - including 106 on July 13.

And that was back in the days when they took the temperature readings down by the lake.

Uff-da.

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Author and naturalist Larry Weber says the big insect news this week is dragonflies, including a huge emergence of calico pennants.