Oct 12-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: October: Oct 12-06
Autumn barn    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Michele Blau
Fall in the Keweenaw?    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Brita Haapala

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 07:10 am:

The colors here UP North have already peaked and are actually winding down now. Or blowing down, with all the winds we've been experiencing and are predicted to have this coming weekend. Hopefully this old barn, found by Michele Blau, will continue to stand firm, while all the colorful leaves surrounding it make their way to the ground. Those are some ominous looking clouds over and beyond the autumn trees...could they be the snow clouds that dumped on us yesterday?

Fall in the Keweenaw can be 75 one day and snow on the ground the next day, like Brita Haapala shows us in the second shot. She figures even the snowmen aren't ready for this kind of weather yet, they know it's fall! :->

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 07:10 am:

That combination of old barns and autumn leaves is irresistible.
My husband snapped a few pictures like that this past weekend.
On Sunday, when it was still warm enough to be wearing tee shirts
and barbeque hamburgers.

By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 07:38 am:

I love the 2nd picture. Boy, with the snow that fell last night, you could build a snowman city.

First school cancellation of the year, today. Lucky Kids.

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 07:45 am:

A caption for the snowman..."Help! I have fallen and I can't get up!"

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 07:56 am:

Wow!! it must be bad there if school was cancelled; I assume MTU didn't cancel (they never cancel), at least when I was there they never did....

Looks like that snowman could use a lot of help. No wonder its frowning, or could it be it's taking a little nap???

By Dale Beitz (Dbeitz) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 08:33 am:

Capt. Paul:
One of the few times MTU closed this century happened while I was there, in 1985. While the students were traveling back north after the Thanksgiving break, a huge storm system came through late Saturday and all day Sunday. At the peak of the storm we received something like 18 inches of snow in 24 hours, rare even for the Keewenaw. I was lucky and was on campus by 6PM or so on Saturday. My roommate wasn't so lucky, he travelled on Sunday and got stranded like so many other Tech students and ended up spending the night in the National Guard Armory in Marquette. Tech was closed on Monday, primarily due to the fact that over half of the students hadn't gotten back from break due to the storm. A few enterprising individuals even printed T-shirts and bumper stickers with the logo "I survived Thanksgiving Drive 85". I can't think of the name of the big bay right along the M-28 shore, it might be the one by Lanse/Baraga, but I recall newspaper pictures of cars that had to pull to the side of the road and getting completely frozen in blocks of ice due to the waves from the storm crashing over them.

By Dale Beitz (Dbeitz) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 08:35 am:

Oops! Technically it was last century. Forgot to edit the quote from back in the day...

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 08:44 am:

How much snow did you get? I can never get an accurate total from weather reports it seems.
Mr. Deb

By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 08:59 am:

Hi Mr. Deb,
Painesdale had about 6 to 7 inches. It was a bunch of wet stuff covered by some fluffy stuff, which makes for some slipery roads. We drove very slowly as we made our way out of town and down the hill. The snow was really coming down. Kinda scary on the new highway. For the first time in my life I was happy to see some orange barrels.

By dlp (Babyseal) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 08:59 am:

I just called in a 7" total to the Gazette for Houghton County. It was drifted higher than that in some spots though. I record the snow and rain totals for the National Weather Service from the weather station in Painesdale.

By Dotsie Salani Stewart (Suna) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 09:15 am:

Even with the early snow fall---the UP is still paradise for those of us who can't be there year round. We had some natsy tornado's here in Ohio the past few days. Lots of damage----at least the snow doesn't destroy your homes.

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 09:26 am:

Well, this is where we live (Jacobsville) ...

and this is how much snow we got ...

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 09:39 am:

Good post, Barb! It's just starting to snow here by Flint. Temp was 33 when I came to work. When winter comes, I'm always glad I only have to drive a couple blocks to work. The only bad part is navigating the icy parking lot with arthritic knees!

By Julia (Julia) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 09:43 am:

It isn't bad at all here in Calumet right now. I am kind of wondering why school is cancelled.

By Joan Sinkler (Joanie) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 09:49 am:

I can feel the excitement of all you yoopers regarding the first snowfall. It is beautiful, wish I was there! Only got a few flurries here in "ill-annoy"!

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 09:54 am:

A ship dropped anchor in BG bay before 4 AM. She should be the EDGAR B SPEER.

The PAUL R. TREGURTHA is steaming round Copper Harbor, and the CANADIAN OLYMPIC, followed by the ALGO LAKE are steaming this way from the Soo.

There may well be four on anchor here soon. Oops, a second ship believed to be the TREGURTHA, is already here.

Too blowy to read their names yet.

By dotti caldwell (Dotti) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 10:01 am:

Mr. Bill - Wow you can see the ships? Lucky you. You should file a report every day! Hehe....Like they do on boatnerd.com from the various ports. Take pictures too? Hint hint.
Barb your post is great. Thanks for all the pics we see everyday here!

By Charles in Adrian (Charlesinadrian) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 10:05 am:

Snow in Flint? Good grief! Here in Esky it is cold (20s?) and
windy, but no sign of snow. And a good thing ,too, I say.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 10:24 am:

I don't know Suna, if the snow is a wet heavy variety and it builds up on a roof, it will collapse!! I remember going down to lower michigan several times and helping my parents shovel off the roofs before it was too late.

Speaking of tornadoes, we had one pass about a quarter mile from our house on Tuesday. Tore up a bunch of fences and blew the doors out of a garage, but no injuries, and no damage to our house except for a few brances down.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 10:31 am:

"Snow in Flint?"

Not only that, but it is lake effect snow off Lake Michigan, making it all the way to Flint! Wow!

By Julia (Julia) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 10:45 am:

Never mind about wondering why school was cancelled, the snow started back up and its coming down pretty good

By Frank Picotte (Frankp) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 11:12 am:

First snow never stays It will all melt in a few days or so and make a big mess.

By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 11:31 am:

Surplus Outlet sells "Yak Tracks". You slip them on your boots and they work great. You don't even see that you have them on cause they blend in with your boots You can even shovel the roof with them on.

If you need to order, Surplus Outlet's phone number is 906.482.2550

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 12:04 pm:

I read on JohnDee's site that The Weather Channel and Good Morning America both had live reports from Twin Lakes today on the early morning snow. On the report from the Weather Channel Lance says at the end that the Keweenaw averages 3" of snow a year. Do you think he wanted to say 300" of snow a year?

Click here

By Ray Laakaniemi (Rlaakan) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 12:25 pm:

A second to Lorelei's motion on Yak Tracks. Love 'em, especially on black ice. 24 in Minneapolis, icy in Mankato, first hard freeze here.

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 12:35 pm:

Hi all
Down here in Canton (a bit east of Ann Arbor), a non-sticking snow flurry hit around mid-morning. Right now, lunchtime, it's bright sunshine, with a few high clouds, and windy.

Hope there's not too much rain/snow this coming Saturday & Sunday in the Cheboygan area. I'll be up at the cabin doing some winterizing chores and, hopefully, some fall color touring.

By lz (Llamamama) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 12:59 pm:

S.W. Michigan (South Haven) area had a crust of hard snow this morning. Its been on and off snow showers all morning. Nothing is staying now. Wind seems to be picking up. Have a good day all and be safe.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 02:24 pm:

Poor snowman.

By Joan Sinkler (Joanie) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 03:11 pm:

How much snow total did everyone up in the UP wind up getting?
Also, would someone please tell me the correct pronunciation of KEEWENAW?

By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 03:20 pm:


By Brian Davis (Bigcity) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 03:26 pm:

Temps dropped to a bitter 60 degrees in Dallas today..... went out to build a snowman but had trouble packing the dirt.

Beautiful pics!!! Head up to Paradise in February. Will try to sled over to Keweenaw this year.

Think Snow!!

By Joan Sinkler (Joanie) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 04:01 pm:

Thanks for the correct pronunciation of Keewenaw, you must obviously live in the UP, you lucky girl!!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 04:22 pm:

We don't have the snow here,(MN) although our local weather forecasters were in a panic over the 1/4 inch we were maybe supposed to get. But we do have the cold and wind, so today turned out to be a good day for a mongo sized kettle of wild rice soup. The only thing better would have been pasties.
Mr. Deb

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 05:27 pm:

I'd go for either, Mr. Deb. Luckily, there's some leftover chili for me
to warm up for our supper tonight.

Just had an e-mail from my cousin who lives near Chassell. Her
kids had today off as a snow day, and may get tomorrow off as
well. The kids in my class were wild with jealousy when I told

By Joan Sinkler (Joanie) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 05:29 pm:

Mr. Deb:
Here in "ILLANNOY, we've got a fire goin' in the useless fireplace and a big pot of chili on the stove. Would rather have wild rice soup and pasties!
Signed, A Wanna Be Yooper!

By Shelly Harwood (Shelly) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 05:33 pm:

I just checked the site and can't believe its snowing! (airport cam) How exciting! Enjoy it for me! Its raining here in Houston!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 05:55 pm:

Snowing at the airport (CMX)...

I'll say ... it looks like that NWA flight #2830 (ETD 5:20PM EDT) will be a little late departing this afternoon... still not off at 6:02PM, and CMX is currently showing heavy snow, freezing fog with a cieling 400 ft. and a quarter mile visibility, with the temperature at 27°F and dewpoint 25°F, wind from the SW at 9mph, peak gust 22mph.

By Carole (Carole) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 07:04 pm:

Mr. Bill, was up at Bete Griese last Friday and noticed a fence around some property across from the lighthouse. Is that someones propery or is it state land? In my own personal opinion it spoiled the view for the homes that are across the road, not to mention it looked sorta out of place. Otherwise, I enjoyed the walk on the beach with the dogs and the awesome colors.

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew1) on Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 08:02 pm:

i saw on the weather channel this afternoon that twin lakes had a fair amount of snow with some people on snowmobiles also last year we had 29 inches of snow in a day and half at the camp by alston weather 86 for tomorrow in tampa i will be back in a couple of weeks looking forward to the snow i remain walter p

By Joan Sinkler (Joanie) on Friday, October 13, 2006 - 08:10 am:

Good Morning! Looks like a nice, cool day down here in Ill-annoy!

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