Category Archives: Weather

Imbolc, or Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day! How did this member of a group of large ground squirrels come to predict the weather? The largest of the Sciuridae family in their northeastern US and Canada range, groundhogs’ short, powerful limbs and curved, thick claws work well for digging. Groundhogs have adapted … Continue reading

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Who’s ‘Shrooming Who?

Happy Imbolg! This ancient Gaelic celebration falls halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. It’s traditionally a time of divination – of weather in particular, watching to see if serpents or badgers emerge from their dens (the basis for the … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

Green I love you green green the wind, and green the branches. The dark ship on the sea and the horse on the mountain. — Federico Garcia Lorca from Romance Sonámbulo This poem I love is on my mind as I … Continue reading

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Drought, part II

“If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Those of you who grew up in 1970s California, as I did, will remember these immortal words about saving water. Conservation was mandatory; fines were imposed; and gardens withered. … Continue reading

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Groundhogs, Ceres, and Feeding the Hungry

February 2 is Candlemas or Imbolg – halfway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. British tradition holds that good weather now portends severe winter weather later. It’s also when bears are thought to interrupt their hibernation to look outside, as well … Continue reading

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Late Imbolg

Unsuccessfully, I meant to post something in time for Imbolg (or Candlemas), which fell on 2/2, also known as Groundhog Day. This holiday marks the beginning of spring’s stirrings in the ground, of the first quickening of seeds and plant … Continue reading

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Awash in Fog

For most of August, SF was socked in by greater-than-usual amounts of fog coursing down from neighboring hills, through the Strait of the Golden Gate, in from the Pacific Ocean. Cool, stable air masses trapped beneath warm ones form fog, … Continue reading

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