29. Snow total maps were released last night from the April 6 & 7 storm. And the ice on Chequamegon Bay has been causing problems. I made a crappy map (in comparison) to the one NWS Duluth created yesterday afternoon (to the right) that shows contour lines of measured snow fall amounts.
All schools re-opened today across the Arrowhead and Iron Range but temperatures have been below freezing... meaning their new snow will not be disappearing quickly.
However, the Twin Ports and points northward have been in a snow-drought this winter. Records have been broken in January for the driest January on record in Duluth, with dry conditions persisting into February and March. This snow is actually a blessing for them... and they could use more.
All of Minnesota received snow from the last system.
I found this map (to the left) this morning from NWS Minneapolis that shows the snow totals across the entire state of Minnesota from Sunday's snowstorm.
There is a region of missing data along the borderland in far northern Minnesota, but it's clear that the entire state received snow.
And of course the blue bullseye across the northern third of the map instantly stands out. This is the same data displayed in the first map at the beginning of this post. Entire counties reported more than 20 inches of snow... it would have been impressive to see the snow fall, but I can live without that knowledge.
I've been meaning to add this article (to the right) to a post for a couple days now, but the weekend's snowstorm took higher priority.
The ice in Chequamegon Bay seems to be holding on a little longer than the past few years. The Madeline Island Ferry expects to begin it's season taking tourists (and islanders) between Bayfield and La Pointe by this date, but it seems that the ice is still too thick to break with the ferries & tug boats.
Back in December I attended a presentation concerning how the length of the ice cover off Bayfield has been changing.
This is almost funny because the presentation exclaimed the ice season was getting shorter since records began in the late 1800's; becoming even worse in the last 30 years. If they have to get the U.S. Coast Guard to come and break ice, I think there's a missed connection here. Is the ice staying later into the year now? Or is the ferry setting dates too early? I'm honestly a little confused... the presentation was adamant that pretty soon we won't see any ice at all!!
Two fishermen broke through the ice on Lake Superior.
This article (to the right) is also from the Daily Press a couple days ago.
I've been seeing people fishing on Chequamegon Bay yet, even with trucks and snowmobiles, and have been a little shocked to see people using so much weight out on the ice. At some point, the ice simply becomes a little too thin to take so much pressure. And, inevitably, every year someone goes through the ice.
The windsled in the article is how the residents travel between the island and mainland when the ice is too thick for the ferry and too thin for the ice road to be open.
I actually drove across the ice road this past winter and took pictures of the windsled. Pictures from both the ice road and the windsled will be posted in the near future - apparently I haven't done so already.
The ferry and ice road between La Point and Bayfield is the only non-land road on Wisconsin road maps.
La Pointe was started as a French fort in 1693 and the main outpost on Lake Superior.
Madeline Island was an important location in the history and migration of the Ojibway people. In the Anishinaabe language, Madeline Island is called Mooningwanekaaning, meaning "the place full of Yellow-shafted Flicker (a bird from the Woodpecker family)".
The flags of three nations have flown over La Pointe in the last 315 years (four if you count the Ojibway).