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

Backyard Almanac: Snow and Thaw

A robin perched on a leafless branch
Jan Kansky [via Flickr]

Snow, snow, snow. Another two inches of snow fell over Thursday night and onto the ice-encrusted ground. And the wild amounts of precipitation aren't the only item of note as spring struggles to take hold; the temperatures are swinging wildly from subzero to above freezing.

The frequent thawing has caused some rivers to rush and lakes to become dangerous. Looking ahead, Larry Weber is expecting a spring of high waters in ponds and swamps.

Another result of the wild winter was the first “salty” making it to port here in Duluth. The high temperatures during March have allowed enough open water on Lake Superior to allow for large shipping vessels.

On the avian front, keep your eyes open for robins and red-winged blackbirds. They’ve been seen around the area, as have grouse. Additionally, watch out for buds of all sorts. Spring is coming - eventually.

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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