Another (100-year?) rainfall ‘event’ has brought me out of my blogging hiatus.
I took these photos early this afternoon on Armstrong Road near the Northfield compost facility where runoff from this morning’s torrential rainfall cut through the road, washed away the Mill Towns Trail bridge, and completely undermined the railroad bed.
More photos to come? Probably.
Update 7 am, July 14:
More photos to show the size of the washout on Armstrong Road.
A construction crew evidently arrived yesterday and has begun work on the railroad bridge. My friend used to do water damage repair in Los Angeles and is on the work crew.
A week ago yesterday, it was 68 degrees when I took the photo on the left of the Rare Pair‘s winter-themed display window. This morning I noticed that the trees on Bridge Square are all dressed up with Xmas lights for Winter Walk 2012 next week, with nothing but brown grass underneath them. Highs this weekend are forecast to be close to 50 degrees, with possible thundershowers.
It’s good for my mountain biking, but I’d rather have downtown looking like it did two years ago just prior to Winter Walk 2010. See the large slideshow of 28 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
I think there have been 4 or more severe thunderstorms warnings issued by the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities (NWS) for the Northfield area this year (anyone have links to confirm?) and I’m pretty sure all have proved to be a bust. Maybe a lightning strike or two but nothing close to severe.
Thankfully, local public safety officials who have their finger on the sirens have not pulled the trigger on any of those non-severe storms. And hopefully today, they’ll be likewise judicious.
Jeff’s photos (left and center) of the ice circles with his smartphone turned out a lot better than those from my smartphone. However, he really does have zombie eyes from spending too much time in front of a computer. In addition to being a computer science professor, he owns a language software/app company in Dinkytown called Ultralingua; they also have word game app called Accio. Now if we could only convince him and his Twin Cities-based employees to relocated to Northfield. Hmmm.
As I walked in the Lower Arb this afternoon, it was hard to believe we’re heading into mid-January: runners in shorts; March-like mud; no snow anywhere. WTF. If it wasn’t for mountain biking, I would be really difficult to live with. I may have to start wintering in Valdez, Alaska, the snowiest city in the US, where they’ve gotten 270 inches thus far.
It’s not only the lack of snow that’s plaguing us. It’s also been too warm to make decent ice for outdoor rinks. As of yesterday, the City’s neighborhood ice rinks weren’t skatable. Witness the rink at Way Park above. The Cannon River above the Ames Mill dam looked skatable for those looking to either win a Darwin Award or to be ticketed by the Northfield Police. Your only option for outdoor hockey: the hockey rink next to the Northfield Ice Arena, as the two hockey rinks at Carleton College aren’t yet skatable.
However, the stormwater pond in Hidden Valley Park in my backyard is near-perfect for ice skating. Some of my visiting relatives took a tour on foot yesterday afternoon.
While digging through my photo archives to create the new winter-oriented photo banners now at the top of Logro, I browsed through my photo album of the blizzard one year ago today, which I blogged about here.