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Those People Who Always Know When Rain Is Needed

When you live in a place like Minnesota that gets four distinct seasons per year, you tend to be attuned to weather fluctuations, simply because it is always changing. Although, if you’ve lived here long enough, you can get all Buddhist about the weather because of the constant change. You stop paying attention to it and go with the flow. (Yeah, that’s not very mindful, is it? The Buddhist acceptance of constant change is cancelled…

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Climate Change in Central Minnesota

I woke to a major thunderstorm this morning. It is the end of August. Growing up in central Minnesota, you become accustomed to general weather patterns. Sure, some winters are colder than others; some summers are hotter or rainier than others; and weather is not climate. However, this past 10 years, we are increasingly seeing the effects of a warmer climate on our local weather. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are primarily spring and early summer phenomena…

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Winter Thaw

I’ve got a backlog of blog topics to cover and meant to get to this sooner today, but too much to do, too little time so I’m going for the easy and the visual this evening. Over the weekend, we experienced temps in the 40s, which is unusual for Minnesota in January. This is the point at which winter typically reaches its stride and we’re all going a little stir-crazy because we’ve been cooped up…

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