May 13-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: May: May 13-03
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Photo by Jonathan Hopper

Toivo in the Empire State on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 12:55 am:

They tell me the road was still closed on Monday from the heavy rains in Keweenaw over the weekend. At least the road crew didn't have to fight black flies, as Jonathan's note in the photo inbox said they haven't arrived yet.

Wah! What traffic by comparison out here in New York City. And the people just walk around through the cars, washing windows and looking for a buck. I crossed over to stay in a hotel in Queens, and they asked me how many hours I wanted the room. hmmm - - I'll have to sleep fast. More to report tomorrow.

Stay dry.

By troll in E.H. on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 01:31 am:

WOW!!! Was THAT a lot of rain or WHAT??? HOLY WAH!!!Water over the road At Jacobs Falls,even going over Pine St.down by D.Keith's house in Eagle Harbor.We needed the moisture,just wasn't expecting so much at one time.WE sure are glad it didn't come down in it's shovelable form.Still waiting to swat at that first black fly....Troll in E.H.

By Martha K., Pinckney, MI on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 02:09 am:

Everything looks so green in that picture. Is all the snow finally gone?

By Don on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 05:13 am:

What a weird storm too! That wind came from a different direction than I've experienced before. Hadda go out in that, and I'm no lightweight, but didn't think my feet were gonna stay on the ground! The line from the Wizard.."It's a twister Auntie Em" came to mind many a time!!!

By Charlie at Pasty Central on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 06:02 am:

No, Martha, not all of the snow is gone yet. Yesterday on the way back from Houghton to Calumet, we took the "lower route" through Dollar Bay and Lake Linden. Passing Ripley, we noticed some snow still on the hillside, then coming up into Laurium, sure enough, there was the "Laurium Glacier" out by Moyle's. We'll probably have some pretty warm days before it disappears.

Jonathan and I climbed up in the top of Quincy Mine shafthouse yesterday, where the wind had almost ripped off our wireless Internet antenna. Looking down across the valley, and back toward Boston, we could see quite a few new fallen trees. It really was a rough weekend.

Our thanks again to Toivo for staying up late to do the Pasty Cam for all of us early risers... Be careful in that Long Island traffic!

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 11:00 am:

Toivo MUST try a New York City Pretzle and a slice of New York City Pizza! Those are two things you can't leave New York without trying. It would be like visiting the UP and not having a Pasty! :)

By Alex Tiensivu on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 11:02 am:

... yes, I know how to spell Pretzel. (Smirk).

By displaced Yooper on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 01:11 pm:

Any chance the bridge cam will be back to live today?

By Jerry, La. on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 01:19 pm:

To All At Pasty Central: First of all Thanks for all that you do, & what a Great Job it is. I visit this web page very often but this is my first comment. My Mother was born and raised in Chassell, and as a kid, we made many trips to the U.P. over the years. I live in Louisiana now & I feel fortunate to be able to bring my Mom & Dad to the U.P. for an annual visit for the past 6-7 years. It's been great to come & visit, see relatives, and enjoy the weather and the beauty of the U.P. My question is about the Laurium Glacier. I have heard it mentioned a couple of times and remember seeing it here on the Pasty Central before. Please tell me more of the Glacier. Why in Laurium, how long will it last, does it happen each year, does it go back as far as anyone can remember, are there any other glaciers in the U.P., and last question is, is there information out there that tells about these glaciers.

By Marsha, Genesee on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 02:01 pm:

Jerry: For more info go to John Dee's Snow Central on the web & read some of his recent journals (a good thing to do anyway!). I e-mailed him through the Ask John because I wanted to know how deep the snow is at the "Laurium Glacier". He said it was probably 10-15 feet in March. He also said it is a gully that fills with snow, and then snow drifts across the adjoining hill.

By eyes wide shut on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 03:02 pm:

We know you had the weekend off but we are anxious to read more of your trip updates. Your last update was on 5/9. Hurry up and get more blue ink. Methinks you are just trying to avoid revealing the rest of the clue. I don't know what we are going to do when your trip is finaly over and you are home safely in
Toivola. You can tell we lead a quiet life.

By Daryl Laitila (Daryl) on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 04:08 pm:

Speaking of other memorable events happening in the Copper Country... Did you know that the President of Finland was recently here in Hancock?
Here is a link to the story and photos.

By Jeff, MD on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 04:11 pm:

A great indication of the amount of water you have had this past week can be seen on the Lake Superior lake level chart at

By DJB -MI on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 06:03 pm:


By Mary on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 - 06:22 pm:

Jerry, La.,
John Dee has a little contest each year on his site to guess when the "Laurium Glacier" will melt. The contest is closed to guesses now. Everyone is just waiting to see who has the closest guess! He posts pictures periodically in his journal, to keep people up to date. Here's a copy of his latest photo of the "Glacier", from his May 8th journal.....

Laurium Glacier

Also, here's a link for you to check out John's site:

By k65 on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 - 01:27 am:

dear toivo, i bet you can walk on water. so take us to honolulu. i would like the warm weather. charlie i am sure you can find the pics.

By Pete Wi. on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 04:06 pm:

As I recall the Laurium Glacier was always still there when I went home from work on the friday before Memorial Day but Monday AM it was gone

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