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Milkweed seeds take to the air

Published 11/27/2011, for the budgeteer

With the cold and snow of late November, we get to witness the onset of the chilly season in the Northland. Each year we observe this seasonal change during the second half of this cooling month. Starting with the small ponds and then the shallow swamps, the wetlands wear a coat of ice. Lakes, being larger and deeper, postponed the freeze until recently. Subsequently, the ground freezes too and with this cold substrate, snowfall is able to stay and maybe even accumulate. Many years, the snow that falls at this time will remain and mark the beginning of our continuous snowpack, lasting until April, frequently for more than 120 days. The landscape has taken on a new view, one that we’ll get used to and live with in the coming months.

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