Friday, May 3, 2013
A video from Medicine Lake in Plymouth caught it best, but it also showed up on Fish Lake in Maple Grove. Meanwhile, very late ice blowing across Minneapolis lakes created its own spectacle.
May snowstorms and belated ice outs on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet created a lot of local excitement in recent days. But noisy, needle-like ice formations on Medicine Lake in Plymouth may have gotten more attention by way of a widely-shared and -reported video by by Nadalie Thomas. (See her video by playing the YouTube clip above or at YouTube.com.) KARE 11 reported on Thomas' amazing discovery: Nadalie and her kids were down on the shores of Medicine Lake in Plymouth Saturday when they noticed large piles of ice that were splintering into fine shards similar to glass. As spectacular as the visual image was the ear-splitting sound that accompanied the icy scene. ... [Meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta] says the remaining ice …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
National Weather Service forecasters are calling for 6–9 inches of snow Wednesday night across the metro area, including Southwest Minneapolis.
UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning for Southwest Minneapolis Warns of 6–9 Inches of Snow Original post (Tuesday): Minnesota weather may have yet another surprise in store for Southwest Minneapolis residents. National Weather Service forecasters are calling for 2-4 inches of snow across the metro area on Wednesday night, with more than an inch possible on Thursday. The Twin Cities, including Southwest Minneapolis, will likely see rain beginning late Wednesday morning, according to the weather service. As temperatures fall into the 30s on Wednesday night, that rain may turn into snow. Additional snow is likely before 1 p.m. on Thursday, with rain following on Thursday afternoon. The high temperature on Thursday is expected to be near 43 degrees, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The National Weather Service in Chanahassen has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of East and Central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities. The storm will hit Thursday night into Friday morning.
At this point, we may all be April's fools. The second major snowfall in a little more than a week is expected to slam into the Twin Cities area Thursday night and drop up to six inches of fresh snow on Southwest Minneapolis by Friday morning, marking the second straight Friday residents here will wake up to white. While last Thursday's snow totals came in under forecasted amounts, this storm is packing some moisture with it, and the Twin Cities area should see snow beginning Thursday night and extending into Friday. That should create yet another messy, miserable commute for Friday morning as well. Talk back to winter. Leave a comment below. The official weather statement, via the National Weather Service: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Forecasters expect the worst weather to hit between 8 a.m. and noon Thursday.
The Twin Cities has so far escaped from “Winter Storm Walda” with fewer side effects than other places the storm hit—but forecasters expect the worst to come later Thursday morning. Icy roads and snow created the usual rash of crashes and spinouts early in the morning commute, including one on I-35W near 46th Street. Because of ice on overhead wires, buses replaced light-rail service along the entire Hiawatha line. The weather has had minimal impact on school start times. None of the public school districts have delayed or canceled school, although some charters and privates have. The metro has so far had few of the power outages that crippled southwestern Minnesota and South Dakota. But National Weather Forecasters say the worst snow will…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A windchill of minus 10 on the first day of spring. Have you considered moving out of state to get away from this climate?
It's 5 degrees above zero on the first day of spring—10 degrees below zero if you count wind chill. Why do you live in Minnesota again? Today is the vernal equinox, when the Earth decides which end it wants to tip toward the sun. Why do our chances of being warm again seem less than 50-50? Spring has sprung, but the climate seems to have sprung a gasket. It's the coldest it's been this late in the season since 1996. Why haven't you moved someplace warm yet? Watch the video above, titled Why We're Here: Twin Cities. It was shot two years ago—entirely in the summer. Coincidence? Leave a comment below and share five good reasons you still live in Minnesota—one reason for each degree above zero this morning.
Monday, February 11, 2013
After a good snowfall, citizens always have something to say—good or bad—about the job the city and county does with plowing. So what do you think?
In the little town of Richfield, when two or more inches of snow falls the city's plows hit the roads. Or do they? While I was perusing the City of Richfield's Facebook page last week, I stumbled upon a lively comment accusing the city of a sub-par plowing performance. "Seriously if this is what the City calls cleaning up our streets they ought to be ashamed of themselves," the citizen wrote. See the full comment in the photo box above. This reminded me of a post I received on Richfield Patch's Facebook page Jan. 28. "Plows? No plows in site in our neighborhood," Derek Brown wrote. "I hope they come and cleanup the slush before tomorrow night or we will have several inches of ice!" I've personally never given much thought to this until now…
Sunday, January 20, 2013
That's one way to deal with winter.
One local windsurfer aparently just couln't wait for summer. In this video posted on YouTube and highlighted by meteorologist and West Calhoun resident Aaron Shaffer, a windsurfer takes off across the lake's frozen surface. Turning and stopping, it seems are a little tricky, and he eventually falls on his behind.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
One mom's experience and advice for people moving to the Twin Cities.
Moving to Minnesota came as a big shock to me, having never lived north of the Mason-Dixon Line. I had no idea what lutefisk was, but it sounded strange enough to be a natural deterrent. I was scared by the size of our furnace — in the South, we just don’t need furnaces this size. I was surprised that your nose hair really could freeze in -16 degree temperatures within a matter of seconds. I learned quickly to add on an extra 15 minutes of prep time so that we could put on all requisite coats, boots, mittens, hats and ski pants – the family is getting faster with practice and age. And with my dog, I learned that frozen poop is easier to pick up than waiting for it to thaw out — totally gross. But moving here three years ago has been a…