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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 06:35 am:

Eight years ago on the Pasty Cam we started a new week with an old church, which happened to be in L'Anse. Another familiar landmark which someone had requested.

By Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 06:37 am:

First Post

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 06:50 am:

Good Morning, Everyone!

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 06:55 am:

And what a lovely church it is. I visited it for the first time this past
summer. I have cousins who attend or used to attend this parish
and had always wanted to look inside.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 07:58 am:

Good morning everybody! Happy Hump Day!!! Doesn't seem like it to most of us cuz of having Monday off. Aren't holidays swell?

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 08:04 am:

Especially when it's a holiday week AND you have a telecommute day thrown in there too. Gotta love the 3-day work-week......

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 08:12 am:

Today in 1971 Prospect Point Creek Alaska made history as the coldest day ever recorded, -78.6 degrees. Makes our current -4 temp a heat wave.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 08:38 am:

Coldest day ever recorded in North America, not the world (sorry JanieT ;-). That distinction goes to Vostok Station in Antarctica. On July 21, 1983, the temperature went down to -128.6 °F!!! And if that wasn't bad enough, there is an unconfirmed report that in 1997, the temp dipped to -132 °F!!!!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 08:48 am:

And before I could correct myself in the last post, -78.6 °F was the coldest temp recorded in the United States. The coldest North American temp was recorded at Snag Airport in the Yukon on February 3, 1947 at -81.4 °F.

I'll get it right eventually!! ;-)

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 08:56 am:

I do recall a day when I was in high school back in the 70s (Ontonagon) when school was called off because it was 50 below zero on the thermometer. I had to go outside just to feel it. You could hear the trees creaking and cracking in the otherwise silent day.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 08:58 am:

I am going to call up the radio station that blabbed that record cold and tell them they are wrong, I'm going to tell them I read the truth on Pasty Cam.

By dan belo (Djbelo) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 09:16 am:

coldest day in lake linden was unofficially -52 at 9th st around 1945.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 10:32 am:

It is cold enough that recess is indoor. The little guy is bummed because they are not sledding after school today.

By Richard A. Fields (Cherokeeyooper) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:01 am:

I used to live in Tower, MN, which holds the claim to coldest in contiguous states at -60. Embarrass, just down the road there does too. I used to ask people at the state park if they would like to experience a 110 degree tempature change in a few minutes. The mine temp was a constant 50, so when it was -60, that was 110 degree shift when you got out of the man car.

Out here in Portland, OR I have been laughing at the "we are doomed" weather casters as they warn about the extreme tempatures. It was about 20 degrees this morning. Cold, but it isn't really extreme. If I was an urban outdoorsman I would probably get to a warming shelter, but for everyone else, it really shouldn't be a problem.

Good day to all.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:19 am:

Clearly, 20 is swimming weather for Yoopers!!

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:56 am:

Its one thing to experience a temperature swing going into a mine, it's another when it's a natural swing:


Sixty-five years ago today, the largest temperature swing ever recorded in North America occurred. It happened here in South Dakota, in Spearfish, on January 22, 1943. The temperature at 7:30 a.m. was 4F. Suddenly, a blast of hot air hit, and two minutes later, the temperature had risen to 45F, the fastest warmup ever recorded in the U.S. By 8:45 a.m., the temp reached 55F before plummeting back to 0F 45 minutes later.

Here is the way the event was reported in the Spearfish Queen City Mail: "[Tommy] Thompson said the IOOF building immediately turned white with frost. Car windows iced up, and drivers had to stop in the middle of the street because they couldn't see. By the time Thompson arrived at work, a crowd was gathering in front of the MDU office to watch the thermometer. Marion Vaughn was working as cashier at MDU. She said, 'People crowded the window all the day and there was lots of excitement. Finally we took the recording and laid it down in the window so people could see it easier. It was really a phenomenon, almost eerie. People couldn't understand it.'"

The fluctuating temperatures damaged many pine trees in the Spearfish area. The Guinness Book of World Records called the Spearfish episode the "world's greatest variance in temperature." But the pool of hot air also invaded other nearby places. According to Black Hills Believables, "At mid-morning downtown, Rapid City's temperature was near zero, while the Canyon Lake neighborhood basked in 55 degrees. Motorists crossing from the ice box zone to a warmer part of town were forced to pull over, their windshields instantly obscured by peculiar frost. Here's what the Rapid City Journal said the next day: "The phenomenon was striking at the Alex Johnson Hotel corner at 11 a.m. On the east side of the hotel, winter was in all its glory, biting legs and faces, while around the corner on the south side, not fifty feet away, spring held sway."

A lot of places around the country claim their weather can change from minute to minute. In the Black Hills, they can prove it.

By Snowman (Snowman) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 04:00 pm:

Do you guys know that today is National Pie Day? Who wants to come over and make some pasty pies with me?

By Theresa R. Brunk (Trb0013) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 04:30 pm:

Here is a pie tidbit.."Mean ol' Oliver Cromwell banned pie in 1644 declaring it a pagan form of pleasure. For 16 years, pie making and eating went underground until the Restoration leaders lifted the ban in 1660".

Make mine Cherry or Strawberry-Rubarb, please....

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 04:52 pm:

I make a mean Apple Crumb Pie....Mmmm...maybe I'll make one tonight in honor of pie day (and me).

By Snowman (Snowman) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 07:00 pm:

Here's pie in your eye. Gonna chase it down with a few brewskis. You game Uncle Chuck?

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 09:31 pm:

Nice 6:00PM picture on the Eagle Harbor cam tonight, usually gray, not tonight! Check it out on the

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 09:34 pm:

Set em U.P. SNOWMAN!

By Danielle L. Adams (Badkid) on Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 01:36 am:

heh speaking of pie.......i had cherry pie!!! talk about yummy!! hehe and i didn't bad!!

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