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Dean Woodbeck (Dwoodbeck) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 07:54 am:

This shot from eight years ago is of a spot known locally as the Yooper Loop -- the big 180 degree turn on the Houghton end of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 07:58 am:

First PostMorning! Happy Birthday Tim!

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 08:37 am:

My Birthday Greetings to Tim just disappeared. I'll try again;


By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 09:02 am:

The temperature here in Illinois is a blessed +22 with another 4" accumulation of snow. It's still snowing and another 2" is expected. Now this is my kind of winter. The sub-zero temperatures are no fun. Why couldn't we have had this for the holidays?
Next month is going to be very unpredictable, doesn't the saying go; "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb"? Or is it the other way around?

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 09:24 am:

Good Morning!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 09:29 am:

Good Morning, the weather channel says its snowing but I think I disagree. Not a flake. Maybe later.

By paul (Pungvait) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 09:43 am:

does anyone remember the link to the Lake Superior ice cover chart??

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 09:55 am:


I have two different ice cover sites bookmarked...
GLSEA (Great Lakes Surface Environmental Analysis

Conus-Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and Delaware Bay Regions

Hope this helps!

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 09:55 am:

Paul is this the site you are looking for?

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 10:06 am:

OK Mary you beat me by a few key strokes

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 10:21 am:

Paul, I searched the Pasty archives and found this from 3 years ago:

Great Lakes ice cover can be found at the following:

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 10:28 am:

We have Snow here in Corryton,TN. this morning!Everything is white, we haven't seen it like this in quite some time.Goes well with the photo on the other page today.The temp is 30. Good Morning.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 10:43 am:

Well David, the snow should make for easy tracking when you go "Spamster" hunting today!

By paul (Pungvait) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 11:03 am:

WOW thanks, gang - four answers in half an hour - the conus site in black and white is easiest to use. google couldn't do as well. i think a spamster is robbing my bird feeder, but maybe it's just a kee bird.

By Charles In Esky (Charlesinesky) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 11:42 am:

Living again in the U.P. is pretty neat, I must say. Last night my
wife and I picked up her sister in the tiny hamlet of Watson and
went to Marquette to see the beginning of the big UP-200 sled
dog race. The weather was not bad, and thousands were on
hand in the downtown to cheer the teams at the beginning of
the race. I saw a report some time ago that said big events like
that helped Marquette's economy quite a bit. To judge from the
crammed dining spots downtown last night I can see how that
event helps. Meanwhile, down here in Esky the ore boats are
still coming in! My wife and I saw one a little while ago on our
walk to the lakeshore. How ice fishermen can put their shanties
so close to the shipping lane that the coast guard cutter
maintains is beyond me. Oh, one more: naw, being a nice guy I
guess I won't even mention what happened to the Houghton
unbeaten high school basketball team when it came down to
Esky last night.

By Tom Karjala (Tom) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 11:59 am:

Doesn't the saying go: If March comes in like a Lion it goes out like a lamb, but, if it comes in like a lamb it goes out like a lion.???

By Judy Kinnunen (Finngal) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:03 pm:

Snowing here in Kentucky,southbound on I-65...33 degrees.

By timd (Timd) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:22 pm:

Thank's Deb & Joanie, have a great day!!!

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:57 pm:

Tom, that's what I remember hearing about March. However it comes in, it goes out the opposite.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 02:56 pm:

Changing the subject here.... I just found that MTU has a great volcanoes page w/ all kinds of info. and links:

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 03:04 pm:

Eugenia, that was pretty interesting. Now correct me if I'm wrong but isn't there just one volcano in the USA, Mount St. Helens? Also, isn't the oldest active volcano in Sicily, Etna?

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 03:09 pm:

On March weather: I remember the same thing as Thumgardner.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 03:24 pm:

I think there are a whole lot more volcanoes than that, Joanie. First, if you just count the continental 48 states, there might (?) be only one "active" volcano, but even that is subject for discussion. There are a ton of volcanoes that are less "active", including Mt Rainier, which has been rumbling (as in small earthquakes) the last year or two. Looking at Yellowstone National Park, Lake Yellowstone is over just part of the caldera, that seems to have been moving the last couple of years (the bottom of the lake on the east side has risen about 2 feet, if I remember correctly. It is one mammoth volcano, if it were to decide to become active again. And, there is Crater Lake in Oregon, that I think is built on the crater from an old volcano. Actually, if you consider the mountain ranges in Washington & Oregon, there are a number of mountains that house somewhat inactive volcanoes, in addition to the above, some of which are giving signs that they might become active again. And, those are just what I can think of off the top of my head.

And then there is Hawaii. Hawaii has several volcanoes, at least one of which is active. I believe that there is at least one in Mexico, too.

And, there is Mt. Pinatubo in the Phillipines. That one erupted not that many years ago, causing enough dust, etc, to get into the atmosphere to really affect airplane travel (dust in the air, decreasing visibility) everywhere, not to mention the fact that the earth's temperatures dropped 2 to 3 degrees for a couple of years after its big eruption.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 03:25 pm:

PS. I meant to mention that I bet that Dr Nat & Capt Paul might want to step into the volcano discussion.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 03:37 pm:

Yep, Marianne, you are absolutely right! I must be getting old. I guess it's a sure sign of old age when you and your teeth don't sleep together at night!
We probably won't hear from Capt. Paul and Dr. Nat. It's the weekend and they're out somewhere Rock'n'Rollin'!

By Beverly, San Jose (Beverly) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 04:54 pm:

Hi Kevin of Lodi: I just read your post from a few days back. My Goodness. A new home, a new bride, a 2 year honeymoon. Doesn't get much better than that. And how is Kyle, and does Kaylyn still watch and worry over you? Oh, and a belated Happy Birthday Kevin. Nice to meet you Kelly.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 04:58 pm:

Joanie, you have me laughing so hard! Are you sure you aren't really a famous stand up comedienne in disguise here on the pasty cam site? Or maybe a writer for comedy acts.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 05:38 pm:

Thanks, Marianne -- good US volcano discussion. Webcams watch Mt. St. Helens and Pu'u O'o in Hawaii. I have to check them several times every day.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 05:50 pm:

Eugenia, I have the link for Mt. St. Helens webcam. Could you post the link for the one in Hawaii?

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 09:58 pm:

There is MT.Elliot in Hamtramack, Lower Michigan made up of those of Polish decent.Back when St.Helen was acting I wouldn't go near there.

Had snow most of the day here in K-Town.Not like in the picture today from eight years ago.I know that Yooper Loop well.I used to be in my 69 Red Chevy Nova 307 with a 327 crank looking left,as it looks above where Dean wrote and it says Printed On Recycled Inernet the arrows are my tires,the truck with cap is going up the hill that I came down,after this car to my left in the left lane goes by i'am gonna nail it,but will have to gear down as will need to stop and wait for traffic on my right comming out of Houghton,either going across up the hill or right to Hancock.I got to get on it quick,grab the right lane by end of bridge to turn right for Dollar Bay on M=26

By Roger Somero (Rsomero) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 10:22 pm:

Google 'Pacific Rim of Fire' and you will see how many volcanoes are out there just in that area.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 10:23 pm:

Thank you, Eugenia.

For those of you who don't watch the St Helens webcam often, if there is some activity with Mt St Helens, they will have recordings of it on and possibly The first one is the NBC affiliate in Seattle, and the second is a TV station, I believe in the Portland, OR area. At least for, I think you will create a login name & password. If I remember correctly, my login name is just "m".

By Dr. Nat (Drnat) on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:56 am:

Yeah, Capt. Paul and I were out. We were watching a hockey game. One of my former students from Michigan Tech plays for the Houston team.

There are several volcanoes in the United States that are active or have been active recently. Most people remember Mt. St. Helens beacuse that was the most recent eruption to occur in the lower 48 states. Mt. Ranier and Mt. Hood in the Pacific northwest erupted in the 1700s and 1800s, although those were relatively small eruptions. Long Valley in California was showing signs of activity in the 1980s. In addition, there are several active volcanoes in Alaska, notably the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, which erupted in the early Twentieth Century. Of course, there is also Kiluea in Hawaii, which has been erupting continuously since 1983. If you are interested in viewing current volcanic activity in the U.S., the United States Geologic Survey has updates of current volcanic activity and even volcano cams available through their various volcano observatories. These can be found at

As far as volcanoes which have been active for very long periods of time, the best example I can think of would be Stromboli, which has been erupting almost daily since Roman times.

I could write for hours about volcanoes. They are one of my favourite subjects in geology. I've been fascinated with them since my dad, a geologist, was up in the Pacific Northwest when Mt. St. Helens erupted and he brought back ash and pumice for me. One of the highlights of my geology career was working on Ruapehu in New Zealand when it was erupting a few years back. But I probably shouldn't write a textbook on volcanoes here, although as always, I am more than willing to answer any questions about one of my favourite subjects.

By Richard A. Fields (Cherokeeyooper) on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 03:24 am:

For anyone interested, Mount Saint Helens looked quiet and pretty today. I can see it from the yard. The town I live in (Saint Helens, OR)is named for it. It really is pretty in winter. Fairly frequently it makes news with small earthquakes. I think it has several hundred per month.I also can see Mount Hood from here on clear days too. Mount Hood has vents that give off a toxic steam that causes trouble when hikers go to near them every now and then. Cheers!

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