Backyard Almanac: Winter has arrived. But...
Winter has arrived, as expected, but the fresh coating of snow may possibly melt in the next week as temperatures are predicted to reach into the forties in some parts of the region. In the meanwhile, Larry Weber has noted about track in the snow from about 10 different animals.
The Christmas bird count is about to begin – an annual tradition that lasts from mid-December into early January – though the name is only given because of its proximity to the holiday season.
Solstice is nearing so the sunrises and sunsets are lingering on the horizon and very colorful. Next week look for the Geminids meteor shower, which is expected to make a peak showing in the night sky next Monday and Tuesday night (12/13 and 12/14). Also, on Sunday morning the 12th, look to the eastern sky before sunrise to catch a glimpse of the Leonard comet (C/2021 A1).