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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Backyard Almanac: An unusual week for December weather

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Fog and Thunderstorms in December? Hard to Believe.

Lightning in December isn’t unheard of, but it is quite uncommon. The warm temps and rain washed away the snow from previous weeks, but new snow took its place, so all the animal tracks seen the last few days are fresh. The ground remains frozen, so the inch or so of rain received in the Northland will help to replenish the low water levels in lakes and ponds.

Larry noted many of the usual birds at his feeder, but he was quite surprised to see a flicker – quite uncommon this time of year!

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.