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Larry Weber's recounting of this week's snow squall was so realistic, we actually lost his phone signal this morning.

When he returned, he had news of juncos, at least three kinds of sparrows, and a fruitful snipe hunt, plus a big brown bat sighting and what he called "the greatest critter news of the week."

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It feels like the world has gone pear-shaped overnight.

Even so, Larry Weber reminds us that "Mother Nature is still responding with spring."

And maybe, if you're being forced to out of the fast lane for a bit, this is just the opportunity to spend a little time in your own backyard, welcoming spring.

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Larry Weber is hanging out in southern Minnesota, where spring is in full swing.

Actually, it was 85 yesterday; maybe summer has already started down there.


The return of win-sprin (or "sprinter," if you like), snow, wind, thundersnow with hail ... it's April in the Northland.

Interested in phenology about phenology?  Here's what Larry was talking about last year at this time:

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Spring is in the air...and in the water!! 

This week on The Sea Grant Files, host Jesse Schomberg and guest Emma Burgeson discuss temperature changes, species migration, and the Knife River watershed. 

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There are plenty of ways for gardeners to keep busy right now: a little light raking and pruning outside, germinating some seeds inside, and perhaps kicking over the traces altogether and heading for the St. Louis County Spring Gardening Extravaganza.

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Piles of dispirited, dirty snow.  Sand and grit on roads and sidewalks.  Flotsam beached by the receeding snowpack.

But Larry Weber, like his beloved redpolls, has returned to the Northland like a harbinger of Spring, and he has a lot more cheerful signs of the season for us to look for.

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Tom Kasper reminds us that our gardens -- even the anticipation of our gardens -- give us a lot more than we realize.

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Maybe a vacation to warmer climes isn't possible right now.

And perhaps the proposed city-wide field trip to Clemson, South Carolina won't fly, either.

But Tom Kasper says there are a lot of shorter jaunts you can make for workshops and seminars, and if all else fails, there's always a vase full of sticks.

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The first half of April ended in a most dramatic fashion: record-breaking (low) temperatures, high winds, crashing waves and a record snowfall.

And while it certainly wasn't appreciated by everyone, Larry Weber says it was still fascinating.

Torn between longing for signs of spring and the excitement of a winter snowstorm, Northlanders can find a little something to make everyone happy.

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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April is unpredictable, says Larry Weber.  It went along predictably enough, lulling us into a false sense of security and then, predictably, it became ... unpredictable.

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Larry says the weekend's predicted mild temperatures are perfect for seeing melty "tree circles" around deciduous trees, bright red red osier dogwood, pussy willow and quaking aspen buds and maybe even a horned lark.

Meanwhile ... the maple sap is flowing!


Larry Weber says a 60 degree weekend in March is kinda like a box of chocolates: 

it's no diet for the long run, but it is a lovely treat once in a while.