Saturday, December 21, 2013

Season's greetings, but what season?

By Jim Heffernan
Duluth MN: Treacherous winter storm on December 4, 2013.
(Photo by Derek Montogomery for MPR News)

Well, the big holiday looms.

As I venture out each morning to get the newspaper and mail, I walk through a canyon of snow banks, some of them taller than I.

Briskly walking through the canyons of snow, braving sub-zero temperatures, I’ve been thinking that this white winter scene is precisely what people from other parts of the country think it is like in Duluth all the time.

When I travel to other parts of the country – almost always to the south of here – and tell people where I’m from, they usually respond by saying things like, “Brrrr, it’s cold up there.” People in Minneapolis-St. Paul react that way. Never mind the people way down south. To them, these conditions are unimaginable. 
Duluth MN: Famous Halloween Storm of 1991
Duluth News Tribune photo, on MPR web site:
It’s a perception thing that Duluth can’t fight. We might as well just accept it.

So let me just take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Duluth hit by early winter storm...

It's a winter wonderland in Duluth...
We're making the national weather news in Duluth with our post Thanksgiving winter storm. We've had about 15 inches of snow at our house (left) up on the hill, a little less down by the lake and around 28 inches up the north shore...and more is coming. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Check out WCCO news HERE for an update and a video and MPR for some great local photos.