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Mr. Outdoors Guy, Kristine Paulus, Biodiversity Heritage Library/Flickr

As we prepare to head into summer this morning (!), Larry reports that while the average temperature is colder than normal, so is the rainfall amount.

Roadside flowers, ladyslipper orchids in abundance, berries and trees in bloom, and why you should be glad children aren't whippoorwills, all in this week's installment of Backyard Almanac.

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And here's some Phenology phenology: what we were talking about last year at this time:

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.

Terry Priest/Flickr

Summer officially arrived Thursday morning at 5:07am.

Here in the Northland, the sun came up at 5:14am.

Today, it came up at 5:15am.

Leave it to Larry Weber to point out the days are already starting to get longer.

Stephanie Brown/Flickr

We've got daylight from 5:15am to 9:00pm this month, and from fireflies to songbirds to butterflies, dragon flies, frogs, wildflowers and trees, Mother Nature is taking advantage of every single second.

"Christmas in the Trenches, 1914," EyeWitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com

Larry Weber says, by his reckoning, winter officially started this week.

For one thing, the rivers froze.

For another, it was -17 yesterday morning.

And of course, it was time for his favorite holiday tune.  (You can hear it after Larry's piece below)

You can read more about Christmas in the Trenches here:

You can see a music video about the event, backed with John McCutcheon's song here: