Tuesday, April 30, 2013
With another spring snow coming Wednesday, there’s one more chance to grab some unseasonably wintry pics.
Put away the patio furniture! Mother Nature has one more winter storm left this season. Snow is expected to start falling in the west metro after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. There’ll likely be no more than a quarter inch of snow before it turns to rain—but it’ll revert to snow again after 10 a.m. By the time Wednesday night is over, forecasters predict, one to three inches of snow should have fallen. The good news is there’s one more chance to snag some photos of Minnesota’s winter wonderland. To share your photos, just click “Upload Photos and Videos” above.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A windchill of minus 10 on the first day of spring. Have you considered moving out of state to get away from this climate?
It's 5 degrees above zero on the first day of spring—10 degrees below zero if you count wind chill. Why do you live in Minnesota again? Today is the vernal equinox, when the Earth decides which end it wants to tip toward the sun. Why do our chances of being warm again seem less than 50-50? Spring has sprung, but the climate seems to have sprung a gasket. It's the coldest it's been this late in the season since 1996. Why haven't you moved someplace warm yet? Watch the video above, titled Why We're Here: Twin Cities. It was shot two years ago—entirely in the summer. Coincidence? Leave a comment below and share five good reasons you still live in Minnesota—one reason for each degree above zero this morning.
Monday, February 11, 2013
After a good snowfall, citizens always have something to say—good or bad—about the job the city and county does with plowing. So what do you think?
In the little town of Richfield, when two or more inches of snow falls the city's plows hit the roads. Or do they? While I was perusing the City of Richfield's Facebook page last week, I stumbled upon a lively comment accusing the city of a sub-par plowing performance. "Seriously if this is what the City calls cleaning up our streets they ought to be ashamed of themselves," the citizen wrote. See the full comment in the photo box above. This reminded me of a post I received on Richfield Patch's Facebook page Jan. 28. "Plows? No plows in site in our neighborhood," Derek Brown wrote. "I hope they come and cleanup the slush before tomorrow night or we will have several inches of ice!" I've personally never given much thought to this until now…
Friday, March 25, 2011
The sunshine helps us feel warm, even if temps drop low enough to keep things frozen.
The recent snowfall and cold temperatures put a damper on many people's excitement for spring. The warm sunshine is helpful, but there is no escaping the chill that turns the melting ice into icicles after the sun drops at night. The good news? Temperatures should hit the mid- to upper-40s by the end of next week.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Be careful for those sloppy sidewalks as the temperatures rise.
With the thaw coming — eventually — pedestrians will need to be on the lookout for sloppy, wet walkways during the day, as well as painfully icy patches that always seem to form after the sun drops.
Monday, March 7, 2011
It's been a busy year for the St. Louis Park snow removal team.
It's March, so it shouldn't surprise anybody that the snowplows were forced into action again this morning. According to the National Weather Service, more snow is expected later in the week, with a 70 percent chance of additional white stuff on Tuesday night and a 90 percent chance Wednesday. To read more about the busy winter for local snowplow drivers, see this St. Louis Park Patch story that takes you along for a ride.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
One mom's experience and advice for people moving to the Twin Cities.
Moving to Minnesota came as a big shock to me, having never lived north of the Mason-Dixon Line. I had no idea what lutefisk was, but it sounded strange enough to be a natural deterrent. I was scared by the size of our furnace — in the South, we just don’t need furnaces this size. I was surprised that your nose hair really could freeze in -16 degree temperatures within a matter of seconds. I learned quickly to add on an extra 15 minutes of prep time so that we could put on all requisite coats, boots, mittens, hats and ski pants – the family is getting faster with practice and age. And with my dog, I learned that frozen poop is easier to pick up than waiting for it to thaw out — totally gross. But moving here three years ago has been a…