Feb 02-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: February: Feb 02-09
Gay Sands    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Lisa Normand
Looking out at Superior    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Lisa Normand

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 06:29 am:

This past Friday, Lisa Normand took us on a mini-tour of the town of Gay, today she's back again, but with several views looking out at Lake Superior. The Gay Sands in the first photo are all covered in white, making a great place to get out on your skis or snowshoes. It's neat to be the first one to make tracks up and over the hills there, too. You can see where the snowmobiles have gone through, but the tracks that mostly catch your eye are the herringbone pattern the skiers made getting up that hill.

After their skiing jaunt, they headed back to town and took one last view of the Big Lake before heading inside to warm up. What a great scene to enjoy each and every day, summer, fall, winter or spring!

Happy Ground Hog Day! Sure hope that little critter, Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow today. I don't know how much more snow we can take here in the Keweenaw! :->

By Pat & Glenda (Gormfrog) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 06:40 am:

To wish to do it... 
is reason enough...

Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 07:24 am:

Very nice pictures. I wonder if Lisa is related to me. My mom's maiden name is Normand.

Happy Groundhog Day. I sure hope he doesn't see his shadow. Yeah, right. Like that won't happen. Sigh..............

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 07:53 am:

If Phil was here in Cedar Rapids, he would see his shadow today.

By Mark Groenink (Mark) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 08:26 am:

Isn't it six more weeks of winter if the Ground Hog sees his shadow and forty two days if he doesn't?

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 08:29 am:

Just read it fresh off the press, it's official Phil saw his shadow!

By Rowdy (Roudymi) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 08:35 am:

We need to assign someone to tell Al Gore about this winter thing. 2008 was Detroits' snowiest in a long time. That's what my radio said this morning.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 08:44 am:

Oh wow -- I have a hard time convincing myself to go up on those big hills of snow and ice that form on the lakeshore at winter. I always feel like they're just waiting to drop me through into the ice!

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 09:50 am:

Calender year 2008 i.e. Jan to Dec was a record amount of snowfall in Detroit, 75".

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 09:50 am:

No sun here in Tampa.... But then again after last nights and this mornings festivities everyone here is wearing sunglasses :P

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 09:53 am:

The Detroit area is having a snowy and cold winter this season. I am even saying I am tired of it. Not so much the snow, but, the cold weather. Yesterday it was 45 degrees and I had the kitchen window open.

I keep telling myself--'THINK SPRING, THINK SPRING' then I tell myself to keep thinking of the trip to Calumet this year. ;O)

By Thomas D. Dessellier (Tomd) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:12 am:

Great pictures of the big Lake. Deb S. I saw where your maiden name was Norman. Did you by chance live in Lake Linden>

Tom Dessellier

By David C Cloutier (Dccloutier) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:29 am:

Hmmm, Let me see if I understand this. It was snowy in Detroit this year, so global climate change must be a fallacy? Sorry, but that just doesn't make any sense at all. One snowy year in one place does not tell the whole story about the global climate this year - much less for the next few decades. There is no disputing that on a global basis temperatures have risen over the past three decades. They have - it is a fact. What is not fully understood is why. The key is to understand why and determine what (if anything) man can do about it.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:41 am:

David C (good name!) -- I'll add that "global warming" is probably a misleading name, for most people. While that is the overall cause, the most noticeable effects are more EXTREME weather -- not just warmer, but also colder, stronger, and more frequent. I think that many people who don't believe in global warming do so because the name and their experiences simply don't match up.

It would be incredibly useful to start referring to global warming as "extreme weather caused by humans".

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:49 am:

I wish I had been able to get out & go cross-country skiing more, as this was a rare good year in SE Michigan (the snow was not only present but nice fluffy powder snow...& sorry, mickill, but 20F & below helped with that). However, family and work comittments have pretty much kept me off the trails. :>(

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 12:17 pm:

Please: Let's not start the global warming debate again. Some people, just like the scientists and meteorologists believe in it and some don't. This debate goes on and on and we are not going to resolve it here on pasty net.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 12:35 pm:

The first picture makes me think of a commercial here for a local credit union showing a shot of a bleak-looking (to most people) frozen lake. I'd swear it's Lake Superior. I don't remember the point of the commercial, but every time I see it I see beautiful, not bleak! Wish I was there!

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 01:02 pm:

Here in Dollar Bay, we have had about 10 inches of snow in 5 or 6 hours. This is getting ridiculous! The road grader plowed in the driveway, so I guess I'll just stay home today. Didn't really want to go anywhere anyway. [sigh]

By Tom (Tom) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 01:20 pm:

Heh, heh, Mark, your 6 weeks versus 42 days.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 01:35 pm:


By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 02:39 pm:

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew):
" I don't know how much more snow we can take here in the Keweenaw!"

How 'bout enough to hit a new all time record, say at least 400"? (Current record is 354.1" in 1978-79.)

According to John Dee's historical records, he has recorded 228" to date, and winter's only half over, with four months to go!. As the Finns say at midwinter:


"“Karhu kylkeänsä kääntää” (The bear rolls onto his other side), “Heikki heinät jakaa” (Heikki divides the hay) and ultimately, “Talven selkä poikki” (winter’s back is broken)."

Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk):
"Please: Let's not start the global warming debate again."

At least not here! Feel free to (read and) join the Global Warming/Climate Change discussion, click here → Various Topics: Politics and Religion, Ketchup or Gravy: Global warming.
FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 04:59 pm:

Re "new all time record snowfall":

From John Dee, today: Houghton/Hancock getting crushed

At 04:35 pm, :


"…the final tally from this morning until about 3 pm was 18". The main snow area from just south of Houghton to just south of Calumet."

mickill mouse (Ram4) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 05:30 pm:

Isn't the snow record 390.4 inches in 78-79? I remember my mom calling me on that one.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 05:33 pm:

Someone in Hancock is reporting 24". My car in Houghton had well over 1 foot on top of it, and many roads in Houghton haven't been plowed yet. WOW!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 05:41 pm:

The beauty of Winter.

By Morning Glory (Lucylu) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 05:46 pm:

Global warming is real. The earth was planned by our creator to
last a certain number of years. When we see global warming and
a lack of resources it just proves what the bible says is true, time
is running out. He has plans for us and the earth. Good plans for
those who know Him, not so good plans for the earth. I look
forward to the changes. Come quickly Lord Jesus!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 05:56 pm:

Just to clarify, from John Dee's historical records (see the link in a previous post!), abbreviated here:

Years 1950-2000Houghton County Airport
Years 1957-2005Keweenaw County - Delaware, MI
Most (78-79)390.4

David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 06:22 pm:

Global warming is a hoax for Heaven sakes.

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 06:25 pm:

Let's talk about today's location, wish I was standing out there tonight looking at the moon on the lake, gazing at a clear sky of stars, then heading into the Gay Bar for a Tombstone Pizza and a tall one! Anyone care to join me? Im buyin!

Snowman, you out there buddy?

Followed by a ride in the woods, that would be a perfect evening!

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 06:28 pm:

Whoops, I forgot the Sauna and dive into the snow!

By David C Cloutier (Dccloutier) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 06:36 pm:

Well, the Snow Thermometer says the all time record is 390.4", so their records seem to match your mom's mickill.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 06:50 pm:

Tom, My MOM'S maiden name is Normand, not mine. And yes, I'm from Lake Linden. Lived there a lot of my life.

mickill, I LIVED the year up there when we set the record. We'd get up in the morning and shovel and then we'd shovel again at night. I think they're on that record setting pace for sure. We're going next weekend. Hope the weather cooperates.

I have GOT to call my mom and hear what she has to say about all that snow today.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 07:56 pm:

David C Cloutier (Dccloutier):
"… the Snow Thermometer says the all time record is 390.4 …"

Since the Snow Thermometer is in Keweenaw County, that is consistent with John Dee's Historical records, as shown above. Imagine that!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 08:31 pm:

March of 2006- we went to see my mom. I already knew all about the St. Patrick Day snowstorms. I told my mom I wanted to leave before the storm came through. She wanted us to stay one more day. She's my mom so we stayed. Sure enough here came the storm and you could not see the road in front of the house. We got out there and shoveled around the truck 3 times just to keep up with it. I took pictures off the front porch when the snow was falling. Could not see the street. When the snow stopped and we were able to leave- it sure was a beautiful ride to Marquette. ;O)

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:35 pm:

Like we used to say, if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see it, there will be a month and a half more of winter. :o)

By Morning Glory (Lucylu) on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 06:00 am:

I usually camp at McLains Park when I come north, but today it
looks really cold. It's nice to see pictures of a location I'm
familliar with. My Mom lives in Dollar Bay and she said the snow
was up to her knees when she walked into the house from the
car. (and they had shoveled a few times). I love to tell people
here in Missoui how much snow they have just to get their
incredulous reactions! If we get three inches the schools close
and we're 'snowed in'. As they say if you don't like the weather in
Missouri just wait... last week schools were closed because of ice
and snow this Saturday it will be 60 degrees and I will be out for
a nice walk with the dogs. How much snow have they gotten up

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