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The only thing better than the infographics on the National Weather Service Duluth's Facebook page are the comments.

Apparently not everyone is as excited as Larry Weber about breaking our 80-year-old February snowfall record.

Lisa Johnson

We've got more snow so far this month than we usually get in all of February.  But the days are getting longer; Larry says we have ten hours of daylight now and by the end of the month, we'll have eleven.

And between the deep snow (for hiding) and more light (for romance), things are hopping out in the natural world.

Christopher Harwood

Before yesterday it was looking to be one of the driest Decembers on record. However, yesterday's snowfall set a Northland record for that date.  Larry Weber talks about the snowfall, what will happen to it when it turns cold in the next 24 hours, and what the snow means for area wildlife, such as ruffed grouse, snowshoe hares, and tiny rodents.  The trees are particularly spectacular today.

Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are very closely aligned right now in the pre-dawn sky.  And on perihelion is coming up January 2, 2019, when the earth is closest to the sun in its annual orbit.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Flickr

Your overnight temps probably depended a lot on your cloud cover, Larry's disgruntled by the lack of snowfall on the ground and in the forecast, but there are plenty of new things to enjoy in the natural world, whether it's an unexpected goldfinch or  a green comet.

redpoll photo courtesy Laura Erickson

Venus is beautiful first thing in the morning these days; and the combination of light snow and warm temperatures mean lots of critters are out and about and leaving great tracks.

Larry's seen a couple of unusual animals out and about - a gray fox, and a chipmunk who was supposed to be sleeping - but he's still waiting patiently for redpolls to come to his feeder.

Mumes World/Flickr

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.

Lisa Johnson

A year ago today, Duluth broke the record high temperature with 64 degrees.

Today, the National Weather Service reports a new low temperature for November 10 with -5.

If you don't decide to make tracks somewhere warmer, Larry Weber says you should get outside and LOOK AT tracks.

Sunrises are coming earlier (around 7:50am), sunsets are coming later (around 4:45pm) and while it's too soon to be looking for spring, naturalist Larry Weber says next week's January thaw is really going to shake things up.