Feb 04-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: February: Feb 04-04
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Photo by Roger Kangas

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 07:44 am:

I'm not a downhill skier, but I don't think Sno-cats are permitted on the ski hill. This one was caught by Roger Kangas, on MTU's Mont Ripley. I think today is the 33rd day in a row of snow, almost a record in the Copper County. I'm thinking the sno-making machine being towed up the hill, is probably being put away for season.

Sno-cat....an interesting term. This machine is actually called a Sno-Cat, but I remember snowmobiles being referred to as that when I was a kid.....is this just another of those Yooper words?

By Former Yooper in St. Paul on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 07:57 am:

First post of the day! I finally beat all of you eastern time zoners for once!

The Twin Cities received about a foot of snow over the weekend so it finally looks like winter down here. Of course a foot of snow caused a lot of chaos on the roads but I didn't mind - it's worth it to see all of this white snow!

By Suzanne in WIsconsin on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 08:13 am:

2nd posting. Interesting picture. After seeing all the wonderful snow pictures on your pasty cam Wisconsin is finally getting the year of the snow. Lots of complaints but this is Wisconsin in February! Love your site. It's the first thing I check out. Thanks for all the great pictures. Am getting anxious for summer camping in the UP.

By SDC, Ferndale, MI on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 08:18 am:

I received my "sno-cat" a.k.a. Yooper Scooper the other day and can't wait for snow-- Believe it or not.

Thank you Silver Bear! I know my troll neighbors will be wondering-- what the heck is she using!

By Leslie from the Northern Lights Lodge - Cadillac on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 09:14 am:

Cool view!

By Suzanne,in Oregon on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 09:23 am:

Good Morning,I just want to let you know that I received an email from jerry@pasty.com this morning.It was titled Server information,and it contains a virus.Thank goodness I scanned it first,or I wouldn't be able to let you know about it.

Special note from Charlie: If anyone receives a note appearing to be from a pasty.com or pasty.net address which indicates a virus, you can rest assured that it DID NOT come from the person it claims. Pasty.NET members enjoy the most complete email virus protection of any nationwide dial-in service available, as well as our U.P. wireless members. If you look closely in the raw detail of the offending message, you will see it probably came from AOL, Earthlink, Charter, or some other un-protected service, using a process known as "spoofing". Customers of such services who become infected, unknowingly send messages which use names in their address book as the FROM field. This is intended to obscure the true source of the virus. In the scenario above, jerry@pasty.com was an innocent bystander in the address book of the other person's virus infected machine.

Pasty.NET is seeing rapid growth in our nationwide membership, because of the extra virus protection we provide. We have local dial-in numbers in all 50 states, all metropolitan areas, and most rural areas. Would you like a pasty.net or pasty.com address? with the best virus protection available? Call our toll-free support line at 1-800-327-0966 and get connected. Besides fast connections, SpamStop, and virus protection, you'll have Yooper support, too!

By Louan-Elk Rapids MI on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 09:44 am:

I've been watching this machine from the other side of the river on the MTU Ripley Cam. I wondered what that was, going up the hill. It's a treat to see it up close. Look out for that e-mail bug. I've gotten 70 of them in the last week, including one or two from pasty.com. Don't open the attachment.

See the note from Charlie above.

By Brinkman from MN on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 09:55 am:

Brings back memories of my skiing days so long ago at Ripley.

By Fran,Ga on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 10:03 am:

Lucky you Sue,enough snow to use your Scooper on! Just cold and a lot of rain here. Have fun with your new "toy"

By Sarah - Sterling Heights, MI on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 10:04 am:

Yooper-scoop... my neighbor across the street was using more of a pull-down for his roof a couple weeks ago when we got our "big" snow. Reminded me of the yooper-scoop a bit and told the hubby that "he must be from the U.P.!" hehehe... Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures... we love every one!

By Northstar, MN on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 10:06 am:

Nice Picture. This place sure brings back memories for my wife!LOL

By Jeff, Keweenaw on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 10:33 am:

Do you see the dent on the front of that huge machine? Well I ran into it once...while it was stopped at the bottom of the hill.

By Jack, Keno Oregon on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 11:03 am:

Those Tuckers last forever! This one must be 40 years old. Check out the new ones @ www.sno-cat.com

All the best everybody !

By jklipa, Farmington Hills, MI on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 11:03 am:


The above link is an interactive web cam of the Detroit River... I found this on the page www.boatnerd.com... What a fun thing to play with... You can control the camera for 60 seconds at a time... If you want a little getaway from the deep deep snow up above the bridge you can pretend you're down here with us trolls for a minute at a time...


By JH MI on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 11:40 am:

Relative your comment about the record, in the winter of 1952-53 snow fell on the Copper Country for over 50 straight days. My memory says it was 55 days, but memories are a bit fickle.

By Rose - Channahon, IL on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 11:56 am:

Hey Charlie,
How about putting up that photo of a few years ago that showed someone cleaning the snow off their roof! That was a classic!

By C.K. Lake Linden on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 11:57 am:

The term Snow Cat was used as far back as the early 60's in the Copper Country area and probably the U.P. and Wisconsin. In Alaska the snowmobile is most often refered to as a "Snowmachine". A lot of people refer to them as sleds or Just plain old machines. Years ago most anything with a track, skis, and a motor was either called a Sno Cat or a Skidoo.

By Vanessa G, Calumet, MI on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 12:25 pm:

Goodness I've been getting those jerry@pasty.net e-mails as well. I didn't open them though, because I've heard about the virus going around. (The subject titles and such) I normally don't open e-mails from people I don't know...

I use pasty wireless... I must say its VERY good!!

The picture is so pretty!!! I just LOVE Mt.Ripley!! I always go there in the summer with the four-wheelers. Its fun sitting up there enjoying the view :).

By Rob CA on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 12:44 pm:

That Detroit River cam is great. I just blew 10 minutes of my life playing with it.

By vaalea on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 01:21 pm:

That thing eats snowmobiles for lunch

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 02:15 pm:


Is this the shot you had in mind? From January, 2000:

Photo by Daryl Laitila
Silver Bear at work

By Karen P. MN on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 02:25 pm:

This is a good picture of the yooper scooper at work. When I read Rose's message, I thought of the picture of the 2 guys sledding down the roof onto a huge pile of snow. That was funny and should have the caution "Don't try this at home".

By Karen P, MN on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 02:30 pm:

I found the picture I was thinking of. The archive search worked great. It was from Jan 09, 01. What a hoot.

Photo by Josh Stone
Don't try this at home!

Dave of Mohawk on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 03:36 pm:

JH Mi: I think that there's a diffence in consecutive days of snowfall and consecutive days of measureable snowfall. The local news is telling us that thirty-some days is the record; but I believe that's for measureable snowfall. I also remember a time in the early 70's when we had 65 consecutive days of snowfall.

By Roudy Mi on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 03:45 pm:

I'm with JH. I think in the early fifties there was a long stretch of days with snow fall, not always a large amount, but some every day,and I thought the string ran to 90.

By tom tc mich on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 04:14 pm:

I recieved an e-mail sometime back that said that if we put this address in our e-address book it would stop those viruses in their tracks. the first address should be aaaaa@aaaa.aaa

By KLS, AZ on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 04:36 pm:

This is copied from an e-mail I received from a friend who received it from the Security Admin where I used to work. It just might help someone:

This mass-mailing worm drops copies of itself in the Windows system directory. It has the ability of generating random email subjects, message bodies and attachment file names. The email message it sends has the following details:

Subject: (Random subject titles)
Message Body:(The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment.)
Attachment: .ZIP

It uses its own Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) engine to propagate itself. This worm also has backdoor capabilities.

By T, MN on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 05:24 pm:

Does anyone know where I could find a pic of "Our Lady of the Pines" Church up in Copper Harbor??

By tom tc mich on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 06:05 pm:


By CK in Chassell on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 06:45 pm:

Antivirus software works great. I've never had a problem with viruses, and the software immediately notifies me and quarantines the virus if I happen to get something via email. I recommend Norton Antivirus and/or Norton Internet Security. The Internet Security program also includes a personal firewall and popup ad blocker, which is GREAT; also has some great parental controls for those with kids at home who use the PC. I've tried MacAffee and found it confusing to use and feature poor compared with Norton.

With the virus risk out there, I'm actually surprised at how few people use an antivirus package for their home computer. There's also a risk of hackers breaking into your computer, especially if you have an always-on wireless connection/router or broadband. A personal firewall protects your PC from hackers breaking in, like locking your door at night.

By Troll in Eagle Harbor on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 07:24 pm:

KarenP,Minn. Iwas doing that exact same thing yesterday,only I was a bit higher(bout 10 feet).and I didn't have that much snow on the ground yet,(bout 4').Lets just say I was doing a bit of praying on the way down,hoping that the owners of the place didn't have anything like stakes in the ground or some nice rocks hidden under the snow and I didn't land on my shovel handle.OOWWWW!!!!THAT HURTS!

By David, Dearborn, Mi on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 07:35 pm:

You can also greatly reduce your virus risk by not using microsoft outlook or outlook express. Most viruses use MS products as their way into your machine.

By Nancy, East Lansing on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 07:59 pm:

Love the snow on the roof photos. Imagine my surprise when I first moved to Oswego NY from the Detroit area and looked out the window one snowy day to see my 85-year old neighbor up on her roof shoveling off the snow! She always had her driveway and sidewalks (and roof) shoveled before everybody else - put me to shame!

By b in the keweenaw on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 08:12 pm:

Brinkman in Mn. I hear you there. I used to ski there with my sisters all the time.

By skier on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 09:35 pm:

mary drew,
actually the sno machine is probably just being dragged up the hill to a new location to start making more snow there! even up to recent dates the sno machines are running daily.

By T, MN on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 10:27 pm:

Tom TC MI:
Thank you so much for the picture! That's exactly what I was looking for!

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 - 11:46 pm:

JH/MI, Seems to me that '52-'53 it snowed 51 days straight. I don't remember any more than 51. RCW, do you have any info from back then?

By SarahK, MI on Thursday, February 5, 2004 - 10:59 pm:

JJ: What's the chance you get that at the Detroiter in the winter, like the Monster Truck in the summer? Now that would be a draw.

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