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Archive for December, 2014

Trudging through the snow

It was a brown Christmas this year with many days above freezing in December. Friday’s snowfall was a day late but a welcome sight for those of us who enjoy frolicking in the winter white.

MPLS am snow


Hit the beach

The sandy south shore of Lake Superior is made for long walks even during winter. A mild December has kept the big lake from freezing. If only we could get SOME sunshine, but then what would we have to complain about?

South shore near Superior WI

Still arriving

The shipping season is not yet over on Lake Superior with ships passing under Duluth’s aerial lift bridge from Canada, Italy and Antigua over the next week. When the big lake is this calm it’s good to be a duck and makes one ponder the life of a mariner.

Lake Superior Duluth MNAerial lift bridge

Moving up the lake

Cold nights have produced surface ice now developing on the deepest portions of Lake Elmo. Yet forecasts from my favorite weatherman tell of an El Nino firing up in the Pacific that will create a warmer than average December here in the Northland. Stay tuned.

lake freeze