After getting several copies of this via email and tweets last week during our miserable wet cold spell, I went in search of spring in the Upper Arb Sunday morning, our first sunny day in a looooooooooooong time. I didn’t find much. Alas, the forecast calls for more cold rain and slushy snow mid-week. Sigh.
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Oh Lord, please help leaders of all faiths to find the courage to publicly criticize Texas Governor Rick Perry for his proclamation for days of prayer for rain that he issued last Thursday:
WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.
President Obama sometimes crosses over the line when it comes to prayer, for example in February at the National Prayer Breakfast when he said:
We pray that the violence in Egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the Egyptian people will be realized.
Believing that our prayers could somehow convince God to intercede in Egypt is as ridiculous as believing that our prayers could somehow convince God to bring rain to Texas.
It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain. – Mark Twain
Tax Day is April 18th this year instead of the 15th. But as if to compensate, Mother Nature inflicted a measure of cruelty on us Minnesotans today. A cold, wet windy day ended with a heavy wet snow. I took these photos in my front yard about 11:30 PM. On April 15, 1983, we had 13.6 inches so be grateful.
The bank thermometers by my house read –28 and –25 at 6:30 this morning. Downtown’s read –22 and the Carleton Weather Database thermometer bottomed out at –23. No wind, though, so it’s a refreshing morning. Photos: Downtown Riverwalk at 7:30 am with a nearly full moon.
It was equally nippy last year on Jan. 3 and on Jan. 15, 2009.
How cold was it at your house this morning?
I wandered around downtown yesterday from about 3:30 to 5:30 pm, taking photos during the peak of the snowstorm. As the streetlights and Xmas lights came on, it made downtown more beautiful than ever.
See the album of 89 photos, the large slideshow (best), or this small slideshow:
The thunderstorms that moved through far southern Minnesota late yesterday afternoon provided a nice backdrop for photos of Northfield. Cumulonimbus clouds rock, baby.
See my album of 21 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
When it snows enough for the City of Northfield to haul it from downtown, it’s dumped at the rodeo grounds and parking lot at Babcock Park adjacent to the dog park.
After last week’s 11 inches, the lot is now nearly full. It’s not clear yet whether the snowfall today and tomorrow (Presidents Day) will require downtown snow removal, but let’s assume that we’ll have a few more snow events between now and, um, May.
Other than hauling it to Vancouver where it’s really needed, where else might the City dump the snow?
I hauled out my old tripod and a new monopod this morning to try to do a better job at capturing yet another spectacular hoar frost. I got much better pre-dawn shots of downtown than last time. And I spent a couple hours in Carleton’s Lower Arb once it got light.
Here are three people shots. Photo albums are forthcoming but it may take me till mid-July to sort, crop and publish them.
The 11 inches of snow we got earlier this week have made for a winter wonderland. The snowshoeing and cross country skiing are fantastic. And photo buffs like me are having a ball.
Erin Mayberry has a blog post on Northfield.org about Community Ed and Rec’s Snowshoeing 101 class on Saturday.
I took the photo above yesterday in Carleton’s Upper Arb. Here are 6 more, 3 of them macros:
Continue reading It’s a winter wonderland out there so let’s play hooky!