September 25, 2020 - April 10, 2021
True hibernators’ body temps drop, their heart beat slows, and they don’t ‘wake up’ when prodded or exposed to loud noises. Black bears, chipmunks, snakes, frogs, toads and some turtles hibernate. Other mammals go into torpor, a state of deep, temporary sleep from which they wake to eat, drink, release waste.
Learn more about bear hibernation.
November 1, 2020 - April 19, 2021
With an average temp of 42°, Lake Superior acts like a hot water bottle emanating a little warmth up the hillsides. This occurs November through April when daily highs air temps drop below 40°. The warmth sits in the bowl created by the hills. Once you pass the hilltop, temps can drop by 15°.
When very cold winter air meets the relatively warm lake water, fog is created. This fog hovers over the surface and is known as sea smoke. You will most often see sea smoke in January when it is really cold.
November 22, 2020 - December 28, 2020
When the first snow hits inland roads, they are salted to keep ice from forming. Like many of us, moose crave a little salt. Carefully drive paved roads – like the Gunflint Trail or Minnesota Highway 1 – at dusk [around 4 pm this time of year]. Keep an eye out and be prepared to stop. The same thing happens when temps warm in the spring in mid- to. late-March into April.
December 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
December 7, 2020 - January 2, 2021
The Gift of Darkness: An Advent Celebration.
A community tradition accessible online throughout the holiday season! The performance includes readings from Jan Ricardson’s book “Night Visions’ and seven musical recordings.
WTIP radio will broadcast the program on December 14 at 7 pm, and December 24 (time TBA). There is no fee to enjoy the program, which is 53-minutes.
December 11, 2020 - April 11, 2021
December 11, 2020 - January 3, 2021
December 21, 2020
A conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will take place on December 21. This rare conjunction of these two planets is known as a great conjunction. The last great conjunction occurred in the year 2000. The two bright planets will appear only 7 arc minutes of each other in the night sky. They will be so close that they will appear to make a bright double planet. Look to the west just after sunset for this impressive and rare planetary pair.
December 21, 2020 - December 22, 2020
The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The first quarter moon should set just after midnight leaving dark skies for what could be a good show.
Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
December 21, 2020
7:45 am - 4:15 pm
On the North Shore, sunrise will be about 7:45 am and sunset will be about 4:15 pm, making it the shortest day and longest night of the year. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter.