‘Arb Sightings’ Category

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Arb Sightings 5/13/11

In recent years, seasonal transitions have seemed more abrupt than most are used to in southern Minnesota. This past week has been no exception, with temperatures rebounding from the 30’s early last week to the mid-90’s on Tuesday! This sudden swing in temperature has caused many of our trees and shrubs to nearly explode with […]

Arb Sightings 5/6/11

Most Minnesotans would agree that spring has finally sprung (albeit about one month later than we would have liked). A windy, cool, and somewhat wet beginning of the week transitioned into warmer days in the 60’s with lots of sun, allowing us to enjoy the great outdoors in t-shirts once more. This weekend looks nothing […]

Arb Sightings 4/29/11

Today we’ve been blessed here in southern Minnesota with a sunny, warm, and dry Arbor Day. The rest of the week, however, has been characterized by cool temperatures and persistent rain after the last beautiful day on Easter Sunday. Some showers are expected tomorrow morning which should clear up by early afternoon, giving way to […]

Arb Sightings 4/20/11

Last year, the entire state of Minnesota saw no snowfall after the month of February. This morning, on April 20, close to an inch of snow accumulated briefly in St. Peter. The upper atmosphere has been downright cold this week (for this time of year), which is why we’ve been seeing the white stuff again […]

Arb Sightings 4/15/11

After two beautiful days of sun and highs in the 60’s and low 70’s on Monday and Tuesday, the weather in southern Minnesota has changed drastically as Old Man Winter attempts to give us one last stubborn, icy breath. Cold rain yesterday gave way to blustery winds last night and into today, and late tonight/early […]

Arb Sightings 4/7/11

Finally we’ve been blessed with a week of beautiful spring weather here in southern Minnesota. Aside from a very windy day on Monday (with gusts up to 40 mph!), we’ve been experiencing days of lighter winds and highs in the 50’s and even low 60’s with plenty of sun. This weekend the high temperatures are […]

Arb Sightings 4/1/11

Although today is April Fools Day, the joke is going to come a few days later in the form of potentially heavy rain and snow showers. The bulk of the system appears to be arriving on Sunday and continuing into Monday, and as low temperatures will be hovering around freezing it’s likely that we’ll see […]

Arb Sightings 3/25/11

Old Man Winter, it seems, has a difficult time with goodbyes. Cold temperatures in the teens at night and highs in the 20’s and low 30’s (below average for the end of March) were complemented by an inch of snow here in St. Peter on Wednesday. On Tuesday, one day after the spring equinox, this […]

Arb Sightings 3/18/11

A few days short of the vernal equinox, Mother Nature does indeed appear to be in a spring-like mood. Puddles and grassy patches are beginning to abound where the snow has melted, and migrant birds are beginning to return as residents are vocalizing their full spring repertoires; that being said, high temperatures this week never […]

Arb Sightings 3/11/11

We’re nearing the light at the end of the tunnel: temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s this week are expected to give way to highs in the 40’s and even 50’s all next week! Our spring thaw, then, is just around the corner; even today we’re seeing a substantial bit of melting, as the current […]