Science & Environmental Education
Mark Seeley is a member of the Minnesota Climatology and Weather Group and a professor in the Department of Soils. Water, and Climate, the University of Minnesota.
He knows more and remembers more details and facts--always right on the tip of his tongue and at his finger tip--about Minnesota weather than any person I know. Minnesota Public Radio has a show with him at the Minnesota State Fair where he is asked questions that questioners think might stump him. Few do.
Professor Seeley also writes a weekly blog summarizing Minnesota weather and weather events north-to-south-east-to-west for the week. For me, it is not to be missed.
On March 25, 2016 he included some sundial rhymes, a way of noticing the return of sunlight. Sundials are an ancient invention and are sometimes thought of as the beginning of time although obelisks were used much earlier--noticing time by shadow length. On a larger scale, natural cycles--the solstices and equinoxes--were noticed and used even earlier. Regardless, their invention is a remarkable event for which see here where you can see the first known sundial,Valley of the Kings, ca. 1500 BCE.
Serene I stand among the flowers;
And only count life's sunny hours.
When the hour is bright and clear,
You'll find the time recorded here.
Set me right and use me well;
And I the time to you will tell.
Of shade and sunshine for each hour,
See here a measure made.
Then wonder not if life consists,
Of sunshine and of shade.
Anyone know of others?
If you do, you may add them as a comment his blog, Minnesota WeatherTalk for March 25, 2016. He'd welcome them and so would I... here.