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

Backyard Almanac: Larry says, "I think we should go for it!"

A golden sunset against yellow clouds and leafless trees
Clemens Gilles [Via Flickr]

It’s a December like no other – perhaps. “We got more snow, but we didn’t break the record just yet,” says Larry Weber of the December snow record of 44 inches set in 1950. With a week to go, the Northland just might break that record; the amount for this year's December currently sits at 43 inches.

The winter solstice is behind us, so the days are getting longer. “If we have a clear winter day… the sunsets are just remarkable,” says Weber. “The colors of the sunset seem to linger all around.” The sunsets are getting later, but so are the sunrises. Yes, days will be getting longer, but the dark mornings will be extending for a while.

Lots of snow and lots of darkness. With that in mind, why not go for the snowfall record? And Larry thinks we should aim for more. "I would like to go beyond that and reach 50 inches of snow." Only November of 1991 and April of 2013 have reached the 50-inch mark in the 150 years of record keeping in Duluth. It's worth noting that neither of those are winter months.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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