Mar 10-04

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Photo by Karla Korpela

By
Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 07:13 am:

Now that's a big thermometer! I wonder if it could be a Guinness World Record? Karla Korpela was snowmobiling with friends on a new section of Keweenaw trail when she snapped this photo. The Snow Thermometer is one of the unique attractions you can find traveling through the U.P.

typical

By
Charlie at Pasty Central on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 07:20 am:

You may recognize the guy on the right. That's Dennis Hext, the new manager at Houghton County Airport.

Speaking of Houghton, tonight at 6:15, Pasty.NET will present live coverage as the Gremlins take on Gaylord in the MHSAA Hockey playoffs. The webcast can be received with Winamp, Windows Media Player, Real Audio, or iTunes. Of course if you live in the Copper Country you can hear it on K-Bear 102


By Wright Ky. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:01 am:

Hello to the U P from way down here in KY.How many feet of snow did you get this year. So far.Wright Ky.


By Marsha, Aura and Genesee on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:08 am:

I wonder if this is the most photographed landmark in the Keweenaw. Who hasn't had their picture taken standing beside it?

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By Lorelei, Mi on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:18 am:

Hi Wright Ky,
Are your dogwoods in bloom yet? I love Kentucky especally when the dogwoods are at their peak.


By Dan in Fenton, MI on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:34 am:

Is that Karla's sister Karen in the picture? Don't ship any snow here!


By Down State Dave on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:35 am:

Will dogwoods and pussywillows grow in the same forest or would the dogwoods chase the pussywillows up a ponderosa pine?


By Down State Dave on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:38 am:

Hey Dan in Fenton, that had better be Karen next to Dennis and not some snow bunny! Whatta ya tink?


By Lee, Mi. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 09:06 am:

Hi Wright,
Are the Redbuds ready to bloom in Ky. yet? The Dogwood Festival in Knoxville, Tn. is one of my favorite fairs to attend.
Lee


By rusty tapemeasure on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 09:21 am:

250" +/- 20.8333' of snow. Few would argue that we're glad spring is coming


By Bill Langham on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 09:24 am:

The Snow Thermometer is not quite the tallest. The tallest thermometer is in Baker CA at the entrance to Death Valley. It is 134 feet tall commemorating the highest temperature ever recorded, 134 degrees in Death Valley. It actually shows the temperature. Travelers from LA on US 15 heading to Vegas use it to see what its like outside their air conditioned autos.


By Wright Ky. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 09:32 am:

Hello Lorelei & Lee Mi. No the dogwoods and the Redbuds are not in bloom yet here in eastern ky. but getting close the days are getting warmer.So it won't be long.


By Pete Wi on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 09:56 am:

I've been busy reretiring the last few days and have not been here. Just a comment on the March 7 pic of the stuck plow and the postings. I remember landing at CMX once in a snow storm that was sooo bad I could barely get home from the airport. I always think about that when I hear they closed an airport for a little fog.


By Kathy, New York on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 10:10 am:

Speaking of records.....

NEW ENGLAND TEMPERATURE CONVERSION CHART

60 F: Southern Californians shiver uncontrollably. People in New
England sunbathe.
50 F: New Yorkers try to turn on the heat. People in New England
plant gardens.
40 F: Italian & English cars won't start. People in New England drive
with the windows down.
32 F: Distilled water freezes. Maine's Moosehead Lake's water gets thicker.
20 F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats. People
in New England throw on a flannel shirt.
15 F: New York landlords finally turn up the heat. People in New England
have the last cookout before it gets cold.
0 F: All the people in Miami die. New Englanders close the windows.
10 below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico. The Girl Scouts in New
England are selling cookies door to door.
25 below zero: Hollywood disintegrates. People in New England get out
their winter coats.
40 below zero: Washington DC runs out of hot air. People in New England
let the dogs sleep indoors.
100 below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. New Englanders get
frustrated because they can't start their "kahs."
460 below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin
scale). People in New England start saying, "cold 'nuff for ya?"
500 below zero: Hell freezes over. The Red Sox win the World Series.


By kc, MN on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 10:44 am:

I guess I shouldn't complain about the amount of snow we've had this year....I did, of course.


By ABGMan from Canton Michigan on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 10:50 am:

The most photographed scenes in all of the Copper Country? What could they be ??

The snow gauge
Copper Harbor from the Brockway lookout
Great Sand Bay
Eagle Harbors beach

Looking through my old albums it seems I have the same pics spanning 30 yrs.

Keep the list going. Add your favorite locations for pictures.

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By Fran, FL on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 10:53 am:

Take heart! The Redbud trees are in bloom in Central Florida. Spring is headed North!


By Lorelei on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:04 am:

Landmark Copper Country Picture:
Portage Lift Bridge

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By mark in coulee dam on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:05 am:

Here's a quick link to SNOWFALL TOTALS provided by The Daily Mining Gazette

Gazette Snowfall Totals

03-09-04:
County:
Houghton: 35" on ground, 244" ytd
Keweenaw: 32" on ground, 217.9" ytd

And, of course, the big St. Patty's Day Storm yet to come......then Spring can begin in earnest.


By Patti, TN on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:10 am:

Most Photographed:
Your own kids on the flag Pole at Ft. Wilkins
Eagle Harbor Light House

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By
Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:18 am:

I'm curious... In 1978, the year my father died, he was living in Calumet and wrote me and said they had a record breaking 401 inches that year. The big thermometer seems to disagree with that. Anyone hear this, as well?


By ts on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:20 am:

The sky, beach,rocky shorlines an sunsets over Lake Superior

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By Mackinacbride, KC, MO on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:27 am:

I've never posted here before, but come to check out the pictures on a daily basis. I thought this would be a great resource to ask...I need suggestions for a place to stay near Paradise. My cousin is getting married in Detroit in October, so we thought we'd stay in Michigan for the week. Of course, we want to go back to Mackinac Island for a day or two, but I REALLY want to show DH Tehquamenon Falls, White Fish Point and Lake Superior. Do you have any suggestions where we should stay?
Thanks!!


By Lapaho, Gulf Shores, Alabama on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 12:10 pm:

Just a coastal Alabama boy here, looking for a good pasty recipe, when I stumbled across your photo. Sheesh...It's 80F and clear as a bell here. No wonder so many salted rusty Michigan cars are driving through! I used to appreciate the peninsular weather, but I am thankful to have made the permanent migration south. Tell the next group of people going south to bring me some pasties!!!


By Fulton girl Mohawk, MI on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 12:22 pm:

Standing on the bridge overlooking the Eagle River waterfalls is always a good place to have someone snap a picture.

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By Twin A , CO on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 12:27 pm:

Alex T in Georgia, we heard the same thing about snowfall in 1978-79 winter. It was the year we moved to CO and it was brutal - my husband spent the winter working in CO at the new job while I tried selling the house - it sold buried in snow - nothing short of a miracle! After we left (wk before Easter) the CC still had two major snowstorms bringing the total to 400" in Keweenaw we were told - so what's the deal with the 394" record??


By Mike-Transplanted Yooper-Redford, Mi. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 01:07 pm:

Quincy Shaft house #2 on top of Quincy Hill with the setting sun reflecting off of it is a great pic for me.
Dan in Fenton, I thought for a minute it looked like Lorette.

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By Karen P, MN on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 01:16 pm:

To Mackinacbride, KC, MO:
Here is the website for the Paradise MI Chamber of Commerce. So much more than just lodging.
http://www.paradisemichigan.org
I learned that there is a historic cranberry farm complete with tours and giftshop.


By Lowell MO. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 01:25 pm:

Anymore I think a few inches is too much here in Missouri. Don't think I could handle the winters there in the U.P. Tho I do enjoy seeing the pictures from up there. The flowers are starting to grow here and my Daffodils have buds on them so hopefully our winter is gone. The birds have come back and have been seeing many flocks of geese. The local geese are already paired up getting ready to do their thing.


By finlander, painesdale on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 01:37 pm:

Dan in Fenton,

If I am not mistaken, you are from Calumet, "big snow country" if you will. Are you that far from your roots that you do not want to see any of the white stuff?? We would gladly let you have some down there in Fenton.


By BT,TC on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 01:48 pm:

The view from up above Hancock has always been a favorite to take a pic of....with the Hurons off in the distance!


By bt,tc on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 01:49 pm:

Or gathering in front of the sign at the GAY bar...lol

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By
Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 01:59 pm:

To bt,tc: You remind me of the fun I had with my friends when my dad and I came home each Summer from spending three weeks with my Grandma Tiensivu, in Mohawk. They would ask, "So what did you guys do?" I would tell them of the great fishing and all the fun we had, but would always throw in that we went to the Gay Bar a few times. If you could have only seen their faces! LOL! They were priceless!!!!!


By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 02:02 pm:

To Twin A, CO: He was pretty sure of the figure. He said it was 401 inches, and that's why I'm wondering about the sign, myself. I would love to see if this could be confirmed. We both got that figure somehow! Who knows? You and I might be responsible for a change on the BIG SNOW SIGN!


By woody from copper city on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 02:40 pm:

boy, do i remember the winter of 78-79. iwas 14 yrs old then i cant begin to tell ya how cool it was to be out of school,but i bet my mom could tell ya otherwise...lol...i can remember that the snow plow truck took all day just to clear the street and then came the time to dig out,man what a job! i think we finally found the 4x4 parked in the drive way two days later, now... THAT was some snow!


By pj,mi on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 02:41 pm:

In the 70's - Keweenaw Co. - 390.4"


By revisionist..Rice Lake Alison on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 02:51 pm:

WISCONSIN TEMPERATURE CONVERSION CHART

60 F: Southern Californians shiver uncontrollably. People in Wisconsin sunbathe.
50 F: New Yorkers try to turn on the heat. Wisconsinites plant gardens.
40 F: Italian & English cars won't start. People in Wisconsin drive with the windows down.
32 F: Distilled water freezes. Lake Winnebago water gets thicker.
20 F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats. People in Wisconsin throw on a flannel shirt.
15 F: New York landlords finally turn up the heat. People in Wisconsin have the last cookout before it gets cold.
0 F: All the people in Miami die. Wisconsinites close the windows.
10 below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico. The Girl Scouts in Oshkosh are selling cookies door to door.
25 below zero: Hollywood disintegrates. People in Green Bay get out their winter coats.
40 below zero: Washington DC runs out of hot air. People in Sheboygan let the dogs sleep indoors.
100 below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Wisconsinites get frustrated because they can't start their trucks.
460 below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale). People in Wisconsin start saying, "cold 'nuff for ya?"
500 below zero: Hell freezes over. The Brewers win the World Series.


By Twin A , CO on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 02:57 pm:

To Alex T: The reason I remember it so vividly is that we felt we had just left the worst weather in the world for sunny CO and our friends let us know that the numbers kept climbing to the record of over 400" (they may have even sent the Gazette to show their suffering) - we have been quoting that number to many friends for all of these years when they like to complain about the weather where we are - silly people.


By BT, TC on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 03:00 pm:

I love all the added photos....what a cool site this is...thanks. And yes Alex...I can imagine the priceless looks. I have a pic on the wall at my cottage in Curtis of me and my cousin standing in front of the Gay Bar with our arms over each others shoulders...and pullin up our pant legs a little...posing....everyone who see's it cant beleive it...and wonder where we were...LOL.


By Leslie, Illinois on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 04:31 pm:

To Kathy in NY -- That's a great chart. Glad I stuck with it to the end. As a Cub fan, I always enjoy the humor and woes of the Red Sox fan. (But to the Wisconsinite -- can the Brewers really compare when it comes to heartbreak?)


By justwondering on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 04:52 pm:

y is there so many pictures today

Editor's note: Y? For your viewing enjoyment of course! :->


By Twin A , CO on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 05:15 pm:

Sooo, where did Alex T in Georgia and I get our information? And is there some "official" in the weather department in the Copper Country who can give us the skinny on the true final snow measurements for the winter of 1979? I am a happy camper that I can look out my windows and not see any snow except in the high country. Don't have a true mud season here.


By Dan in Fenton, MI on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 05:43 pm:

Yes, Finlander, I'm from the Calumet area. We had a little bit of snow stick here in Fenton for several weeks, and I'm happy it's gone. I must be a tender-foot. It was easier to take when we lived by Chassell and had a big snow thrower. Could have kissed that machine daily, for the work it saved(Mike in Redford remembers). We've got a Silver Bear Scoop here that the neighbors have asked about.


By walter p on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 05:55 pm:

great kathy in ny but one thing in fla they tend to don coats when the temp gets below 60 had to believe i know but thats fla


By Paradisebride from OH on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 05:55 pm:

To Mackinacbride KC, MO: My Yooper-wanna-be husband and I have "honeymooned" every year but one since our first in 1998 at Saunder's Sunrise Cabins in Paradise. It is such a cozy home away from home right on the waterfront. The breathtaking sunrise over the Canadian Hills and Whitefish Bay are well worth rising early to experience!!(from your living room window if you wish) Close to Whitefish Point and Tahquamenon Falls and a colorful fall drive to Sault Ste Marie via the Curly Lewis Highway. Lord willing we will return again in October to one of our favorite places...Maybe we'll see you there!


By dave S...mad city WI on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 05:56 pm:

check this out for pretty official amounts...
like it says..higher amounts in some areas
http://www.admin.mtu.edu/alumni/snowfall/


By Carole on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 06:11 pm:

I also have stayed at Saunders Sunrise Cabins. Great view of Whitefish Bay and the Canadian Side. Owners are great people along with their dog Roudi (sp).


By Miss Elle's Papa on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 07:10 pm:

Hey Jim W. -- Who's your "date" next to you and the thermometer?


By RD, Iowa on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 07:20 pm:

After the end of the first period, the Houghton Gremlins are down 1-0 against the Gaylord Bluedevils. I'm listening to Pasty.Net's live broadcast on the Internet, an amazing feat of technology! Just an observation: if you're listening in Real Audio, try the Winamp player instead, as the quality is better.

Second period has started and HOUGHTON SCORES!!. Find the live link at
http://www.pasty.net


By Fran,Ga on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 07:37 pm:

Alex,The same thing happened to Dianne when we'd go home.When she was in High school her and her cousins went in that bar in Houghton that had such good food.(Can't think of the name now)When she got back here in Ga everyone was horrified that she went in bars. Same thing when she told them she went to the Gay Bar. She had a lot of fun with all of it. We usually go there at least once for lunch while we are home.


By Yooper granny on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:28 pm:

The game is tied 2-2 with 8 seconds left.


By Toivo from Toivola on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:40 pm:

Wah! With 8 seconds left in the 3rd period, the Houghton Gremlins tied the game 2-2 to send it into overtime. You can hear the game live at Pasty.NET


By Yooper granny on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:55 pm:

Gaylord wins 3-2.


By dave s on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 08:55 pm:

well..that was a bummer


By Sam, the u.p. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 10:14 pm:

Visiting in Southwest Va. from the U.P., it's not very warm here but it's a nice break from all White, the daffodils and crocus are up, and one more sunny day should open the forsythia....


By Steve the flying troll on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 10:22 pm:

Fran, that would be the Ambassador, or maybe one of the many incantations of the Library.....but probably the AMBASSADOR........


By Fran,Ga on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:10 pm:

You are right Steve,I was having a senior moment!They did have good food. Does anyone remember the name of the restraunt that was located fairly close to the bridge? It was on the R hand side of the road going towards Tech.That would have been back in the 50's and earl 60's. We used to stop there on our way from work. One of the Rose(Colletta?) girls worked there.


By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 11:55 pm:

Hei, Fran, was it the BBQ Restaurant across from the Ford dealership on Sheldon Ave.? Copper Country Ford? A block or two towards Tech from the Douglass House.


By Catherine--Holland MI on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 12:16 am:

Expand the parameters a little: the Escarpment overlooking Lake of the Clouds!

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By
Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 12:57 am:

Gee, Fran... We'll have to stop and get a picture next time! LOL.

NO idea where dad got the 401 inches from, but it appears he wasn't the only one who was saying that, based on the posts here today!


By observant on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 01:05 am:

I think the difference could be attributed to the fact that Calumet is in Houghton County and the snowmometer is for Keweenaw County. So the record for Houghton County may be higher than Keweenaw County (but they're more modest!). Also, the snowmometer's measurements are probably not from Calumet (regardless of the county thing) and I think Calumet gets more snow than the surrounding area... Who knows why they picked that number for the snowmometer-- all I know is that's a lot of snow!


By Therese from just below the bridge on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 06:22 am:

I'm a few miles from the Keweenau, here outside Harbor Springs, so we have only 200" in a good winter (130" this year so far). But we had one spectacular snowsorm Christmas of 2002 or 03 -- 90 inches from Christmas Day until the morning of Dec 27th. Measured by the scientifically calibrated process of sticking my arm into the snow on my driveway, we got 36" in three hours alone, from one AM to 4AM on the 27th. I know because I finished shoveling and went inside at 1AM, then let the dogs out at 4. That's the only day I didn't make it to work because of weather. --- Hey, I have crocus poking up next to the house's foundation, and in town at church we have daffodils and tulips above ground!


By EM,MI on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 06:36 am:

I think there was a restaurant named Andy's on the right going toward Tech. It was near the bridge. Think it had a couple of steps going up in front.


By Fran,Ga on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 11:22 am:

Ken,this was a general restaurant,not BBq. I think maybe EM,MI is right.It sure was a convient place to run into afterwork

Well here in N.Ga everything is in bloom and the pollen is bad already. However we always have a freeze and ruins all the blooms.


By Twin B, Littleton,CO on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 04:30 pm:

I moved to Colorado in winter/spring 78-79. She (Twin A) and I had quite a time keeping one car cleared out while her husband was out here. What really cracked me up was when we'd been here in CO about 5-6 weeks (early/mid May)we got dumped on here in Littleton and the kids got there winter back they'd just left and weren't in school due to a year round school system at the time. Of course it was all gone pretty fast. We'd arrived in town to 70 degrees plus to begin unpacking for a new life. Here on the front range you have to expect anything. Before our dad died at the age of fifty he had a sno-blower that he had the neighbor use on our drive due to his health and then the neighbor would take it to his house to clean up his property. That would be Glen McCabe a terrific guy whose wife Nancy was our art teacher in the Calumet school system. He was a banker in Laurium or Calumet. I can never remember. Neighbors make the hard life up there possible to be sure. I'm sure there are many stories out there that can attest to that.
If I got the weather correctly today (11th) you guys are getting more snow.....


By Connie - Colorado on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 06:32 pm:

I think a dog would chase anything that moves, especially if it goes up a tree!


By stan from Florida on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 09:24 pm:

EM,MI and Fran,Ga also Ken & Mimi.
The restaurant you may be talking about was Nelsons,my wife worked there early 60's,
1961,1962,&1963.
When she went back appox.1969 it had become a BB-Q Restaurant.


By amanda, up on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 06:48 am:

i love the library! it's so nice and cozy:) i love the gay bar sign. hehe. one time there was this sweet awesome yellow convertible from wisconsin and i had my sister and her bf stand next to it and lean against it like it was theirs..they were gonna sit in it too..but the owner came out...we pretended to be deciding what to do next...as we all congregated by the car door.. it was embarrassing. then we took pics by the gay bar sign. ha ha.



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