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

Backyard Almanac: A Typical May or Maybe Atypical?

 A juneberry bush with white blossoms
Kenneth Cole Schneider [via Flickr]

May 2023 has had some wild swings. Eighty-degree temps one day and nearly freeing the next. All told, the month seems to be averaging out in most ways. One concern for Larry Weber is the lack of precipitation to begin the rainy season. Only eight-tenths of an inch have been recorded thus far.

The time to see some wildflowers is coming to an end. Many early bloomers do so because of the sunlight they are afforded. Once the trees begin sprouting leaves, the sunlight is not as readily available for flowers on the ground.

Juneberry, wild plum, and pincherry trees are all blooming right now creating a wash of white in areas of the Northland. "You never know how common they are until you go along some of these roads and see them all in bloom."

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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