Archive for the 'North Oaks' Category

Four Feet

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

This morning’s Star Tribune reports that the official snowfall for the winter has reached 48 inches. Since this essentially equals the total snowfall for an average winter and it is not yet the midpoint of January, there is no choice but to conclude that we are having a winter of real consequence. There are projections […]

Snow Patterns

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

When we bought this house, the deck was in bad shape and had to be replaced. Unfortunately, the surface of the deck that was installed in its place did not last as long as one might have expected. The cedar decking was installed with a modest gap between the boards, so that air could circulate […]

Winter in Context

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

We got several inches of snow last night. When I was out shoveling the driveway this morning, I noticed that the snowplow came by to do the other side of the road at 5:56. It was not until 6:04 that it returned to plow our side. I suppose I shouldn’t complain. I understand that there […]

Still Winter in the Twin Cities?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Recently there has been major attention to the snowstorm that paralyzed the East Coast and deposited snow for the first time in decades in areas of the south. Thus, one might ask, is it still winter in the Twin Cities? Here are a few shots from this morning; you make up your own mind. Pat […]

Blizzard v. Blowing & Drifting

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

In the runup to our recent winter storm, there was a lot of coverage on the news about the technical properties of a blizzard. Reporters seemed to suggest that a blizzard requires: Sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour These winds must blow for at least 3 hours Visibility must be less than […]

Sub Zero

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

When I got up this morning, it was below zero at our house in North Oaks. Somewhat later in the day, when an intrepid little trooper learned that her broken hoof had been declared fully healed, there was no reason to stay indoors.

Ski Black Oak

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

I got up early this morning in the hopes of photographing another international bandy game. But, I was only going to go if the sun was shining. This would have been an unlikely turn of events, since the prediction had been for clouds this morning. Seeing a cloudy sky, I went back to sleep. When […]

Hoping for Winter

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Now that temperatures are frequently below freezing, work has commenced to put in the ice at the North Oaks rinks. More concretely, water is being sprayed on the rinks in the belief that the temperatures will be largely below freezing so that ice will form. When Hana and I went out on some errands today, […]


Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Today Hana and I hiked around Pleasant Lake. The Pleasant Lake trail is surprisingly free of snow, given the storm we had over the weekend. We saw the usual waterfowl on the lake – coots, ducks, geese. We saw a pair of bald eagles circling over the lake and over a hundred geese on the […]

Winter Is Here

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

It started snowing in the middle of the night, and we might end up with 5-6 inches before this storm passes on through. Unfortunately, we didn’t begin the season with the nice, light, fluffy snow from an Alberta Clipper. No, we got wet, heavy snow. But, it had to start sometime, and I shrewdly got […]