Phenologist Larry Weber wraps up the fall season (September was warmer than usual, but October and November were colder) and embraces winter with open arms. Even the coming cold and dark make a perfect backdrop, he says, for the Geminid meteor showers we'll get to enjoy in a couple of weeks.
Back in the day, the Congdon family converged on Duluth to celebrate the holidays at their favorite winter estate in the Christmas City. The Glensheen Congdon Estate has continued to celebrate the holiday season in grand style and this year adds a family friendly addition to their holiday displays.
Karlyn Coleman celebrates her love of all things winter with a book guaranteed to make natives of the Land of 10,000 Lakes puff out their chests with pride -- and (as it turns out) horrify grade-school kids in Arizona!
Pack up the kids and head out to the lake! The annual outdoor Art Shanty exhibit open Saturday, January 20 and is free and open to the public for four weekends of performance and interactive delight on the ice.
Larry Weber joins us to talk about the winter issues that fascinate him, including something called "albedo." We also hear about how the January thaw affects the wildlife we see this time of year and how you can tell it's coyote mating season.
With the past flurries and more to come in the future, Master Gardener Tom Kasper gives tips on how to protect your trees and shrubs this winter season. Sneak peek, Kasper suggests staying by the fire after you're done in the garden.
If you would rather go to an art show than go ice fishing, here is a great way to get outdoors and pretend. The Annual Art Shanty Project is in full swing on White Bear Lake; virtual circus of interactive and performance art pieces disguised as ice houses.
Larry comments on our unseasonably warm December we've experienced (with no sub-zero temps reported by the NOAA!) in part due to the abundance of cloudy days so far this winter. Tomorrow is perihelion, when the earth will be at its closest point to the sun in its annual revolution.