Feb 09-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: February: Feb 09-05
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Photo by Marv & Ellie Hopf


By
Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 06:16 am:

Now that's one narrow pathway! Marv and Ellie Hopf snapped a shot of the extremes some of us Yoopers have to resort to, in order to survive all the shoveling we have the privilege of doing. Give us a couple more weeks of snowy U.P. weather and you'll have to walk down this one sideways or you might just find your hips brushing the edges of the snowbanks. Of course there's another solution to that problem here in the Keweenaw, just build a walkway OVER the snow!

walkway
Photo courtesy of George Hite, long-time Pasty.NET member at Eagle Harbor Web.

By
Paul Perko, Michigan on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 06:23 am:

Good Morning from Warren, MI


By NKR Mishawaka IN on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 06:43 am:

Good morning from Mishawaka IN. Now that is alot of snow!! The people in the second picture have the right idea.


By julie b., MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 06:48 am:

Hey Mary!

You got me! Thought when you said 'there's another solution to that problem' i thought you meant to the 'hips brushing the edges of the snowbanks'!!! Figured you were going to tell us what good exercise shoveling is for you - and your hips!!!


By kosk in Toronto on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 06:49 am:

I will definitely show these pictures to the kids
in my class. They will be impressed! We're
studying the Great Lakes this week, so I will
show them some of the past pics of the Big
and Best Lake found in earlier entries.


By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 07:18 am:

I have a picture of my mom helping my dad shovel snow that was at her shoulders. That was 50 years ago in Ashland, but close enough. The most we get here is 8 inches and it slushes away in 48 hours.


By Becky,Lansing/Tamarack City on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 07:42 am:

Great album Marv. It was hard to decide which to make my new wallpaper. Greetings from Tom and Becky in Lansing!!!!


By John / New Hampshire on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 07:51 am:

Snow is supposed to start tonight and continue through Thursday here in New Hampshire. 12 to 20 inches forecast for our area. Nor-easters a comin - oh happy day!


By Kathy from Whitmore Lake/Cheboygan on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 08:00 am:

Hi
Are these current conditions?

Down here in SE Michigan, we have light snow on top of ice (freezing rain last night).


By Mike B., Pittsburgh, Wishin I was back in the Yoop on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 08:23 am:

Could you guys UP north do a little snow dance for us here in the Pittsburgh area. Well, at least for me anyway. I hate seeing all these folks around us getting snow and we hardly get any. The last few years we seem to be in a spot where the big storms either find a way to go around us or pass us by altogether. We may get 3, 4, maybe 5 inches while other areas around us are getting 12+. Then it all melts away shortly after. Since our last real snow fall (3 inches, and they called it a storm), it's has been raining and temps in the 40s and 50s for the better part of the past 2 weeks. My yard is all mud and brown grass. This is no way to spend a winter. I know most folks around here could live without it (snow), but for a kid that grew up in the U.P. it is driving me crazy.


By Brent, UPstate, NY on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 08:32 am:

'morning all! Waiting for the snow, waiting for the snow. Today and tomorrow. Just 3"-6" each day, but at least it gives my snow blower something to do. He's been bored the last couple of weeks.


By Lisa, WI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 08:36 am:

Is that photo from Mr. Hopf, my former 6th grade teacher? I still remember growing the sunflowers during the summer.


By Suzanne, Ada MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:02 am:

I'll have to show this picture to my son who gets upset about shoveling a few inches off the sidewalks down here near Grand Rapids...accept maybe I shouldn't, as he hopes someday to go to MI Tech. I don't want to scare him off.


By maijaMI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:05 am:

Does anyone have a picture of the snow bridges coming out of second stories in Calumet? Or of the doors with nothing to step out onto? I've told people about this, but they can't imagine it.


By Irene, WI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:07 am:

Lisa from WI: I also had Mr. Hopf for my 6th grade teacher so we must have been classmates...


By Andy, Ohio on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:08 am:

My friend Shawn lived in the house with the walkway a few years back. Didn't have a walkway then, though.


By Lisa, WI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:31 am:

Is the photo from Mr. Hopf, my former 6th grade teacher? I still remember those sunflowers.


By Lisa, Wi on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:34 am:

Oops. Don't know how that got posted twice. I remember an Irene a year or two behind me - maybe in my brother's class? Where in WI are you?


By no grinch on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:40 am:

Lisa, please email Irene since she has posted her email address, so we can all be following the acceptable use policy (no personal chatting) and not have the grinches posting on us.


By R. Ollila Westland,MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:51 am:

Morning All. Good photo to show the resident Trolls who have never been to the UP. Keeps the whining down when they complain around me about having to deal with a few inches. Somewhere in my moms shoe boxes filled with pictures of her growing up in Houghton on Calvarly St. there is a picture of Snow up to the roof of the front porch. I will try to find it and post as soon as I can. Enjoy the day everyone.


By Herb/NW/Wis on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 09:56 am:

Snow in NW Wis. near Minong way down from that
warm weather. Bare ground in spots. The rest of the
snow you can walk on top of it's so frozen.

Driveway is "ultra" ice -- the kind you slip and fall on no
matter what. So I put ice spikes on my boots yesterday
for safer walking. Not so safe on the kitchen floor tho!


By JIM NICHOLAS, CLIO, MI. on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 10:29 am:

HI ALL. I REMEMBER MY MOTHER TELLING OF WALKING TO THE HOSPITAL IN SNOW UP TO HER HIPS, THE DAY ONE OF MY BROTHERS WAS BORN. ALSO TALKED OF PEOPLE SKIING OUT THE UPSTAIRS WINDOWS. MY FATHER TALKED ABOUT LOOKING FOR THE TOP OF AUTOMOBILES WITH A BROOM HANDLE, AND POSTING A FLAG THERE TO KEEP THE PLOWS FROM HITTING THE CARS. THIS WAS IN THE ISHPEMING AREA WHERE I WAS BORN.


By Missin the UP from NJ on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 10:43 am:

Herb/NW/Wis- Whoa! Spikes on your shoes on the kitchen floor!! That could get you into BIG trouble!
Icy winter walkways and roads take all the FUN out of winter. Good cold weather and snow... now that's a great winter! ;)


By mudjacker - Houston TX on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 10:47 am:

I was at Michigan State(class of '75) when we had a blizzard that closed the campus for a couple of days. I remember the parking garage in the center of campus with a drift reaching up nearly to the top of it. What a messs. They were running out of places to put the snow.


By Jean, West Texas. on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 11:19 am:

I remember being called to work at Marquette General as a student during snowstorms because I could actually walk across the Cohodas building lawn to get there!!!!! instead of driving!!!! Those were the days. Here in West Texas the temp has actually dropped to 34 from 37 at daybreak. It is cloudy also but alas....no snow.


By Irene, WI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 11:24 am:

Lisa in WI...I was class of 82. Currently I reside in Shawano, but work in Wausau and live there during the week. Where are you located in Wi?


By sur5er on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 11:28 am:

This picture reminds me of my sister in law's house. They lived off a long and winding two tracker. By the end of winter, the snow had been piled high...and the two tracker made narrower and narrower by the piles of plowed snow.

Come February, the sides of our car were brushing up against the high piles of snow as we tried to weave down the narrow two tracker...surrounded by nothing but snow. We used to laugh and joke, "just drive towards the light"


By ts on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 11:32 am:

JIM think that storm was in 1936 or 38


By Teari, N.J. on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 11:57 am:

I'd like some snow here in Toms River,N.J. We've had one snow storm this year and the nor eastern thats coming this way is rain for us. Gotta move!


By Kathy from Whitmore Lake/Cheboygan on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 12:12 pm:

Mudjacker, I was also at Michigan State for that snowstorm, living at Brody Complex. Some guys thought the drifts were deep enough that they could safely jump out of their 3rd floor dorm window. They were half-right; one guy got a broken leg.


By Hilarie, Norway,MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 12:49 pm:

Man! I am so jealous of all that snow! Down here in Norway, MI we hardly have any snow! I'm going to have to break out the summer clothes pretty soon.


By darrell oinas, michigan on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 12:50 pm:

In all the photos I have looked at it just does not look like all that much on the ground, I remember late 60's when there was real snow on the ground, and huge banks along oak, portland and 10th street, you could not run off the road in a car or on foot because of the 5 to 6 foot vertical wall of snow left by the snow go throwing it up higher and higher.


By JAD, Oskar, MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 01:21 pm:

Vertical walls of snow: few folks outside of this area know what a comfort those walls can be! They save skidding off into ditches; they mark the edge of the road; if you do hit them (if not going too fast) there is little if any damage to the car; if you are walking you can use some of them in place of railings (!); and the sliced banks from the Snow-Go show a neat history/layer of the year's snowfall. Negatives: seeing around corners is a problem (balls or flags on top of aerials help--of course, all those ski racks help too); they aren't pretty when they melt; if you hit them too hard you'll bounce back into the traffic (what traffic there is).


By GEORGE,DOWN STATE on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 01:47 pm:

THE CHURCH IS NEAR,THAT PATH IS CLEAR.THE TAVERN IS FAR,THE PATH IS ICY. I WALK VERY CAREFULLY!!!


By sur5er on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 02:00 pm:

Jad,

But what about when those walls of snow were glazed with ice. They were like cement walls on either side of the two trackers...and my station wagon bore many a battle ding and scratch from hitting/sliding into those snow walls.


By ric, WI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 02:51 pm:

I remember when I was young and stupid, not so many years ago, LOL, hitting and going THRU one of those snow walls on US41, on my way to Calumet AFS....Now I've changed...I'm no longer young....


By nalwine on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 03:23 pm:

Does anyone have any pictures of White Pine this year? A couple of weeks ago I drove around the town and was impressed by the amount of snow. Many of the houses had snow to the tops of the windows. If I had my camera it would have made a great winter scene.

this warm weather is a little disgusting, but I'm confident the rest of Feb and March will be very snowy.

as for the real snow of the 60's I have a little fun to poke at you darrell oinas--

if we take total snowfalls from 1959-1964 Houghton County received 972" of snow.

from 1999-2004 Houghton County received 1,172" of snow

99-00 00-01 01-02 02-03 03-04
155 303 254 228 232


59-60 60-61 61-62 62-63 63-64
210 189 183 205 185


Average snow fall for the 1959-1970 (11 years) was 192.7"
Average snow fall for the last 11 years (93-04) was 224.2"

So we still get some reall snow, we just don't have it right now.

I got my stats from http://johndee.com/history.htm

Check it out. And hope for snow, because even though I love to see my wife (halwine) in summer
clothing, there's still a lot of winter left


By halwine, MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 05:38 pm:

That Nate is so silly!


By darrell oinas/Saint Johns Michigan on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 07:53 pm:

And I missed it stuck down here in trollvile where no selfrespecting youper should ever find him or herself eking out a living untill the time I can retire and return to gods country. Save some of that snow for me.


By walter p tampa on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 10:12 pm:

no snow reported in the tampa area i guess 75 is to warm to snow


By Fran,Ga on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 10:29 pm:

I love todays picture. I remember the huge snowbanks by our driveway. We didn'thave a wood walkway.The path just sort of "panked" down and got solid enough to walk on. It was too bad if your foot slipped off the path, you sunk down to you tail end!!


By Diana, MI on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 11:03 pm:

JIM,

I also remember my dad telling tales of so much snow in Ishpeming when he was growing up that he could go outdoors via the upstairs window. Always wondered if it was a slight exaggeration. Guess not! Incidently, he lived in a house across the street from the hospital!


By ce, in oregon on Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 08:38 pm:

Who came up with the word panked anyway? And chuk? Boy, the U.P. has it's own language, doesn't it??


By Wistful Child, CA on Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 10:20 pm:

Did anybody notice the head and face of Old Man Winter on the bank in the right foreground?


By I. C. Staire, MI on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 04:18 am:

I. C. Staire?

Just visiting. I'll be gone tomorrow, perhaps when I need to go to the bank again, ...


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