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Larry Weber and the National Weather Service agree: it's a "nice healthy melt" in the Northland for the most part.

But April, he reminds us, is not just a month of floods; since nothing is really greened-up yet,  it can also be a month of fire danger.

(Speaking of phenology, here's what we were talking about on Backyard Almanac last year at this time!)

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Our first-half-of-the-month-bears-no-resemblance-to-the-second-half-of-the-month pattern continues, with March setting a record of -19 at the onset and ending up with an average temperature in the 30s.

Will April be any less erratic?

Probably not.

In 2013, we had 51" (that's fifty-one INCHES) of snow in April; in 2010, we had NO snow in April, and in 1952, the National Weather Service says we hit a record high of 88 degrees April 27th.

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It's March 1st, the first day of spring according to the meteorological calendar, and once upon a time (prior to 45 BCE), it was the first day of the year.

But call it what you want, if nocturnal animals like flying squirrels are wandering around in the middle of the day trying to find something to eat ... there are a lot of other hungry beasties out there.

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How does that meme on Facebook go?

"April showers bring snow plowers"?

Leave it to Larry Weber to remind us just how important these April snows are.

Larry Weber returns from his peregrinations with a look into the future at The Spring To Come ... and marvels at February: it's only the second time in 40 years that it's been the snowiest month!

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Larry Weber says, until now, only once in his forty years of keeping records has there been more snow in February than January.

After this weekend ... make that twice.

The Duluth justice city coalition is hosting a march to dismantle the legacy of racism and build a community of peace this Saturday, October 14. Kim Young talked to us today and gave us details about the march.

The hope is to demand change within the community. 

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Snow today ... sunshine tomorrow ... and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.  Larry Weber on March in the Northland.

Northlanders can join the international March on Monsanto this Saturday.  The multinational agrochemical corporation is under fire for, among other things,  genetically modified seeds and the herbicide Roundup, found by the World Health Organization to be a "probably carcinogen."

Abby Splittstoesser is the event organizer here in Duluth.  And while she agrees the protests won't shutter Monsanto, she says there is a surprising amount of change people can effect right here in the Northland.