Dec 11-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: December: Dec 11-07
Bridge view from Houghton    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Robert C. Wetton

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 12:35 am:

If you're a regular visitor to the Bridge Cam view, then you should enjoy this look from the other side. While out and about recently, Robert C. Wetton (alias RCW) snapped an interesting angle of the Portage Lift Bridge looking toward Ripley for a change. I'm not sure if this was early morning or early evening, but no matter which time of day it was, I like the way the lights are glowing under the bridge. Also interesting, is how the photo looks like it's black and white, with just the bridge and the lights colorized, no Photoshop magic involved either.

On a sidenote: You can see that Mount Ripley, out behind the bridge, is covered with snow and from what I understand is now open for the season. On your mark, get set, SKI!

By Joe (Jhurl) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 05:26 am:

I never get tired of seeing the lift Bridge .I know what is in store for all that cross it , Copper Country at it's best

By Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 05:34 am:

Great pic! Wish I were there now.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 06:57 am:

That is a really cool picture, from an angle that we don't see very often! The Lift Bridge is always one of my favorite things in Copper Country. Thank you, RCW and Mary!

By paul (Pungvait) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 07:18 am:

looks like an evening shot, from the light on the bridge girders - am i right, RCW?

By RCW (Rcw) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 08:06 am:

Sorry Paul, but it was shortley after 8 am Dec 7th.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 08:14 am:

Oh wow, great shot of the bridge. I never get tired of looking at that bridge. I love that it's on the new pasty calendar. I think we should always have it set to that month.

By Bob Gilreath (Bobg) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 08:34 am:

We sat at dinner last friday evening at the ambassador looking out at the bridge.

Only in the copper country will you see Road crews
hauling truck loads of snow and dumping in on the bridge and grading it out.

Lower level for the snowmobile trail of course, but
it was still funny to see.

By Mel, MN (Mehollop) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 08:39 am:

Bob G - I always wondered how they kept a decent layer of snow on the lower level!

Warming back up over here in MN for a couple days - won't be back below zero until Thursday night. Maybe we'll get some more snow during the heat wave.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 08:40 am:

They were already hauling snow out of town in dump trucks, will be a good season if it stays like this.
Excellent shot of the bridge, but I am also happy to see this one any time.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 08:50 am:

I know the crews have some wonderful way of keeping the lower level in plenty of snow, as many times as Bob and I have crossed over on our snowmobiles, never once have we seen the bridge floor.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 10:26 am:

Just the other day, I was wondering how the snowmobile level of the bridge was managed. Now I know!

By David C Cloutier (Dccloutier) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 11:10 am:

Well, after a bit of a slow start, we are finally getting some snow....especially in the mountains! Every ski area in the state has at least a few feet of base, but Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado is leading the way with a 92 inch base at mid-mountain! The powder hounds are happy! (but you had better bring your snorkle)

By Bonnie Hartman (Bonniehartman) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 09:42 pm:

It was 82 degrees here in Gainesville, FL today.
I was trying to describe to my first grade class the different types of snow....fluffy snow, dry snow, icy snow, wet snow..... Wish I could take them on a field trip across the Bridge and into the Keweenaw!

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 10:30 pm:

Record breaking high temp today was 75 F. here in Knoxville, TN. Rather hard to get into the sprit of the season.It is 61 F right now. Thanks for the picture of the bridge today cousin.

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 12:31 am:

Any view of the bridge is a great one. Hope you don't get the nasty weather that is being predicted.You have the snow and ice and down here we have another tropical storm brewing!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 07:46 am:

Oh. Oh. Something new to worry about. Our son happens to be
visiting a friend in Key West right now. Tropical storms. Yikes!

By Dan Kemp (Payooper) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 01:27 pm:

The snowfall total on the Keweenaw snow fall thermometer hasn't been updated since December 6th. How can brag about the snow totals without up to date information?

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 01:34 pm:

You could guesstamate Dan.

By paul (Pungvait) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 01:59 pm:

da mining gadget sez Houghton county to date 80.5"
Keweenaw 76.4"

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 02:15 pm:

Kosk,I just checked the latest on Olga (the storm)and it is weakening but continuing westward at about 45mph. I don't see it as much of a threat to the Keys right now.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 05:41 pm:

Thanks, Erica. I'm just home from work. My son did go out fishing
and caught lots of fish and plenty of sunburn. Back on shore now.

By Dski24 (Dski24) on Friday, December 14, 2007 - 05:39 pm:

It's great to see webcam pics of the UP, especially the bridge. My dad's family lived in the Calumet Laurium area. My uncle still runs a funeral home in Calumet, I think? If you "Yoopers" have too much snow you can send it out here to Idaho, WE NEED IT.

Thanks Dave

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 09:59 am:

Good picture. Have 2 admit I've never seen the bridge lift 4 passing ships.

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