City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

February 3, 2017

February 3rd

Filed under: Astronomy, Weather — canopus56 @ 8:14 pm

Cross-Quarter Day

7:00 p.m. Today is astronomical cross-quarter day: the mid-point between the first day of winter and the first day of spring. This marks the beginning of the first early signs of the coming spring and of the end of winter. Yesterday it rained instead of snowed in the canyon, and today, at the lower elevations heavy morning fog begins to rise because the air and earth are beginning to warm. These are markers the warmth is starting its return to dominate over cold. Warming sunshine is felt for the first time in some weeks.

In Thoreau’s “Journal” on February 3rd, 1852, he sees the Moon reflected in crystals of surface snow hoar. On February 3rd, 1856, he watches a hawk pursue a nuthatch. He notes that high winds freshly scatter seeds and nuts on the fresh snow’s surface, and birds eat them.

On February 3, 1991, the City Parks Department considered proposals to renovate the vacant Memorial House in Memory Grove (Salt Lake Tribune). The house had been rented by the Gold Star Mothers and Silver Star Legion since 1926 (Salt Lake Tribune). On February 3, 1900, the Tribune reported that on the previous night, the City Waterworks Committee approved City Engineer Kelsey’s plan to increase the City’s water supply (Salt Lake Tribune).

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