29. Saturday and Sunday brought lake-effect snow to the south shore, the higher terrain saw over a foot.
At around 1020 feet amsl (420 ft above Lake Superior) I received only 1.3" total.
The Penokee Range of Iron and Ashland counties, which reach up to 1870 feet amsl (1270 feet above Lake Superior), is the "snow belt" of Wisconsin, and keeping with the title received over a foot of snow.
In fact, a few miles northwest of my location with an elevation increase of only 250 feet, received double the snow that I did.
I put together a quick map (above) showing where the heaviest snow was measured.
Meanwhile, southern Wisconsin dealt with its own snowstorm.
A low pressure system moved across Iowa and northern Illinois, bringing a band of heavy snow across southern Wisconsin on Saturday.
This map (to the left) was published by NWS Milwaukee and shows reported snow totals during this storm.
The highest amounts fell in Washington, Waukesha, and Ozaukee counties:
OSNW3 (COOP observer) in Oshkosh, WI reports 4" of new snow on the 20th & 21st. OSNW3's observations can be found (here). As of writing this post he has not yet updated his blog, but I'm sure he will very soon.
American Birkebeiner 2009.
This weekend was the running of the 36th annual race (website) with about 9,500 participants from all around the world (e.g. Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, France, Czech Rep, Sweden, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, etc.).
The American Birkebeiner is a race with origins 800 years ago in Norway. More of the history can be found (Birkie.com: here) or (Wikipedia: here).
I only spent an hour at the finish line, but I did see the winners of both the Men's and the Women's Birkie Marathon cross the line.
Men's Birkie Freestyle 50k (31mi)... Matthew Liebsch, 2 hr 11 min Maple Grove, MN, USA
Women's Birkie Freestyle... Rebecca Dussault, 2 hr 26 min Gunnison, CO, USA
Men's Birkie Classic... Gus Kaeding, 3 hr Marquette, MI, USA
Women's Birkie Classic... Martina Stursova, 3 hr 26 min Policka, Czech Republic
Men's Kortelopet Freestyle 23k (14 mi)... Spencer Lacy, 1 hr 3 min Boulder, CO, USA
Kortelopet Classic... Grant Cook, 1 hr 15 min Duluth, MN, USA
Women's Kortelopet Classic... Anne Hart, 1 hr 31 min Stillwater, MN, USA
Wikipedia states: "The Birkie course is quite hilly, and is recognized as one of the more difficult cross country ski marathon courses in the world."
Last month I accompanied a geocacher to a few caches. Since then I've continued tagging along and have gotten into geocaching a little deeper.
While I was in the Hayward area, I was able to hit a couple locations that were accessible even in the snow.
This first picture (to the left) is of the Namekagon River on the edge of Hayward. What a beautiful river, the site made me want to start canoeing again... it's been awhile since the last time I went.
One of the other areas I went to visit on Saturday was Prentice Park in Ashland, WI. Prentice Park is one of twelve parks in Ashland, and the largest at 100 acres. It also has several artesian wells among the picnic sites.
This picture (to the right) is one well that is free-flowing into a rocky pool filled with water-cress. I didn't have a thermometer with me, but the other artesian wells I have measured in the area produce water at about 42 degrees (F).
The water runs throughout the winter and flows into Fish Creek Slough and Chequamegon Bay. A very cool spot to visit any time of the year.
Out and about on Sunday.
Sunday was a sunny day with blue skies, a perfect day to go out and do a little more hiking and geocaching.
A nearby spot is on the northern-most edge of the National Forest, a few miles from my house.
This picture (to the left) is a view across a pine barren. In the warmer months the ground should be covered in blueberry plants.
It was chilly with a temp of 16 and a breezy wind out of the NW. With about two feet snow on the ground, snowshoes are required.