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by Josh Wood Monday December 21, 2009

Satellite photo of the Bizzard

Weather, darkness and whatnot

Saturday night’s instant 14.5 inches of snow at TF Green was the most for any day in December since records began. Providence only averages 36 inches of snow a year, so we can break it down in two ways: either we’re almost halfway done with this year’s snow, or else this is a sign that we should start building a snow ark.

The good new is that we’ve officially gotten past the darkest day of the year and are starting the long, slow climb back into the sunlight – and we can stop sucking on oranges – or whatever it is you do when your skin hasn’t felt the tingle of a sunray in over two months.

Satellite photo of the snowstorm that dumped record amounts of frozen water on December 19, 2009.

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Tuesday August 28, 2012

The Night Skies in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park offers an island of darkness perfect for viewing the revolving dome of the night sky. Photographers and astronomers are drawn to the park where the Milky Way is so bright it casts shadows.

It’s amazing how much we miss under the orange glow of the street lights.


Friday September 24, 2010

Open Space Up For Grabs

Hey, Floating Deer Head here. I just wanted to let you know that there’s an opportunity for Cranston to protect 50 acres of farmlands and forest on Natick Avenue. The proposal is up for review at this Monday’s city council meeting at 7pm in City Hall. Details on the click.


Friday August 27, 2010

The Season of Bugs

So if you live anywhere near a tree, a garden or a patch of grass, you probably hear what reminds you of a soundtrack to a jungle movie outside your window. They're bugs, and they're great. They really get rolling in the humid August weather and then crescendo towards the end of the month. You possibly also hear your neighbors. They're not in this guide. Re-posted from last year. more

Sunday June 6, 2010

Rough Weather Later Today

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the weather could get all Wizard of Oz this afternoon. If you’re lounging in the kiddie pool or making divots on the links – respect the thunder and head to shelter. Along with the threat of wind and hail, Rhode Island is also... more

Thursday June 3, 2010

This Weekend: Kill Plants

Most nature walks demand a reverence for plants. A special nature walk this Saturday encourages you to smash them. More from Steve Stycos: Unusual Hike A little known pond full of spadderdock, Cranston’s finest graffiti, signs of the flood and a chance to smash invasive species will all be part of a... more