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Friday, February 4, 2011

La Nina Winter


2010-2011 has been a La Nina winter, which generally means lots of extra precipitation and storminess in the northern hemisphere. Guess we've proved that one correctly--not just up on the North Shore of Lk Superior but all over the country! Greetings to our readers in Chicago, friends in Oklahoma, Boston, New York, the Carolinas, Atlanta...
Do all those places even have snowplows???

We recently learned that on nearby Devil Track Lake the weather station has recorded 80 inches of snow this year. Devil Track is only a few miles east of us and about the same distance from Superior, so we probably have about the same amount... sure seems like 7 feet...

Some views of what we saw before the Jeep got out and made trax with the tracks...

Winter sun can be kind of feeble...

Never ending snowflakes, gotta get out there and clean the panels again...

This is one of the duties of the passenger riding shotgun in Babe: to climb out and move fallen trees. Fortunately this one was little and didn't require a saw.

We got a couple of big barrels and filled them with sand and salt for the steep parts of the road...

Whew, am I tired of shoveling the path to the sauna! Pretty soon it will be a long snow cave!


Speaking of snow caves, FYI, Lonnie Dupre made it down off Denali safely and out of that chilly (and smelly) snow cave...

And we will be heading back to Cascade Bluff in about a week and hope to post more news and pix of the adventures of Val and Kathy and Babe!

3 comments:

  1. Yes, we do have snow plows in Atlanta. I think there are three in the whole city. I'm originally from Ohio, but that much snow is way too much for this transplant.

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  2. My mind is still reeling at the thought of 80 inches of snow. Some of which I am not that happy with (thinking of scuttled trip north). Hope you are well!

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  3. Hi Val and Kathy! It was just a week ago we were having Thai takeout in Bloomington. Your North Shore dream/ adventure is truly remarkable - as is the winter of 2010-11. 80 inches of snow is hard to fathom, tho the parts of the Rockies get that. Here in Denver about 4 inches yesterday, should melt soon tho. Love the snowflake effect on the blog. Great to meet you Kathy, ubung to both of you"

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