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It’s snowing in Northern Michigan and a large swath of the US

  
By:  Sparty On  •  Mother Nature  •  2 months ago  •  50 comments

It’s snowing in Northern Michigan and a large swath of the US

One last (hopefully) kick in the noogies from Mother Nature.

Thx Ma!! ❄️❄️

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Raven Wing
1  Raven Wing    2 months ago

I truly feel for those who have suffered so much the last couple of years from the devastating winter weather and flooding. It not only impacts the areas at the immediate time, but, for months, or even years afterward. 

The severe flooding in the farm belts of our country will impact the farmers and companies in those areas, causing food prices to rise substantially, seriously affecting people in all parts of the country. 

Please be safe and I hope this is the last one for this year. (smile)

 
 
 
epistte
2  epistte    2 months ago

 Be safe. Winter is almost (maybe) over.

 
 
 
cjfrommn
3  cjfrommn    2 months ago

i am a die hard Minnesotan and this has been a bit to much for me. And you are correct the weather has put a lot of farmers into emergency mode due to flooding and then refreezing of land they want to get out and work with. We should be out of the woods and getting on with spring this week but this last snow storm really didn't help. 

But MN NICE has me feeling positive!!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

It was normal for snow to happen in Ontario from mid November to mid April.  We expected a 5 month winter.  However, more recently it had not been so extreme.

 
 
 
TTGA
4.1  TTGA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    2 months ago
more recently it had not been so extreme.

Sure was this year Buzz.  It usually gets cold but we seldom get wind chills of 35 below.  I think that one set a record.

Sparty, do you mean that the snow over the last two days came as a surprise to you???  Yep, we've had it down here by Lansing too, although not as much as up in TC.  Don't know yet whether the schools will close tomorrow.  Not a lot of snow but the roads do have some nasty ice on them.  Could make for an interesting drive to get the grandkids in if they are open.  But, a surprise???  Except for four years living in Long Beach and points west when in the Navy, I've lived in Michigan for my whole 70 years and I can't recall a single year when the winter didn't try for a last fling at us in late March or early April (sometimes as late as June).  In fact, that's about the only thing about the weather around here that you can predict.  Around here, a weatherman has to study meteorology with a minor in magic to be able to predict the weather more than ten minutes in advance.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4.1.1  author  Sparty On  replied to  TTGA @4.1    2 months ago
Sparty, do you mean that the snow over the last two days came as a surprise to you???

Not at all but as i told Buzz.   It doesn't make it feel any better.

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TTGA
4.1.2  TTGA  replied to  Sparty On @4.1.1    2 months ago
It doesn't make it feel any better.

It sure doesn't.  The beauty of these late ones is that we know that they'll go away soon (maybe even as early as today, the temperature is getting up there).

This part is off topic as it can get but it's just too good to hold back.  This is my youngest grandson.  Look at what he no longer has.

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First baby tooth gone.  He's a big kid now.  I've told him that, as the new ones come in, he'd better ease off on the candy and take care of them, cause he only gets one set of grown up teeth.

 
 
 
Sunshine
4.1.3  Sunshine  replied to  TTGA @4.1.2    2 months ago

Awe...handsome boy.

 
 
 
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4.1.4  Badfish H҉a҉n҉d҉ ҉o҉f҉ ҉D҉o҉o҉m҉  replied to  Sunshine @4.1.3    2 months ago

Tooth loss and regrowth during adolescence has now been linked to global warming.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4.1.5  author  Sparty On  replied to  TTGA @4.1.2    2 months ago

Nice!  

The world is their oyster ...... if we don't let it get too screwed up in the meantime.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4.2  author  Sparty On  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    2 months ago

Yeah, its not abnormal to get snow this late.   I've played ball in snowstorms as late as early May.

But that doesn't make it feel any better.  jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     2 months ago

We had lunch at Swampy's on the Rainbow River today. Temp 84....

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Stay safe and warm...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

OMG. I'm so jealous!!!  So? Aren't you going to tell us what you ate?

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1    2 months ago

Blackened Red fish with rice, a small salad and a banana split for desert. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @5.1.1    2 months ago

Hope there were no mosquitoes.

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.2    2 months ago

No mosquitoes.

 
 
 
Krishna
5.2  Krishna  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

Wow-- that looks really nice!

 
 
 
Sparty On
5.3  author  Sparty On  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

Dick!    

J/K Kavika.   Good for you.

Enjoy

 
 
 
Split Personality
6  Split Personality    2 months ago

I put a couple of bags of 3 in 1 down Friday afternoon and watered it in  ( weed & feed with fire ant repellent )

Rained like all get out Saturday for almost 20 hours, lol.

Washed most of it away I suppose but a beautiful Sunday with brisket hot dogs and grilled onions, red wine and ice creams,

while we continued gardening.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
7  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 months ago

Hope you are done with the worst of it. 

Long Island was 75 and a bit overcast, but I'll take it. 

 
 
 
Kavika
8  Kavika     2 months ago

Sunny and mid 80's today. I'll probably spend some time at the pool. 

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Buzz of the Orient
8.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @8    2 months ago

Walk around it and make sure there are no alligators or crocodiles in it first.

 
 
 
Kavika
8.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1    2 months ago

Always check the pool before you jump in. 

Florida rules. 

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Buzz of the Orient
8.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @8.1.1    2 months ago

That photo could be captioned with "Waiting for lunch".

 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @8.1.1    2 months ago

"Step into my parlor said the 'gator to the unwise."

 
 
 
Sparty On
9  author  Sparty On    2 months ago

One of the things i like about Northern Michigan is we usually get four very distinctive seasons.   I like that.

The only real downside is winters can get a little long.   Like what happened yesterday.

 
 
 
bccrane
9.1  bccrane  replied to  Sparty On @9    2 months ago

Are you sure there are four "very distinctive" seasons in northern Michigan.  I know one can be very hot and so humid at times it can make an Arizonian feel like they are drowning and another cold and snowy where I might put on the thermals for a few days.  But the other two you can hardly tell the difference, we just call them the mud seasons.

 
 
 
Sparty On
9.1.1  author  Sparty On  replied to  bccrane @9.1    2 months ago
Are you sure there are four "very distinctive" seasons in northern Michigan.

Last i checked ..... yes.   Perhaps you haven't been paying proper attention.

 
 
 
bccrane
9.1.2  bccrane  replied to  Sparty On @9.1.1    2 months ago

I'm with you, I love northern Michigan.  We're at little south and on the sunrise side from you.  At times my wife wants to move south, but then spring, summer, and fall come along and she changes her mind.  

We had 5" of heavy wet snow yesterday, but with the sun it will mostly be gone today and we will have another week of mud.

 
 
 
Sparty On
9.1.3  author  Sparty On  replied to  bccrane @9.1.2    2 months ago

Lol .... i suggest you plant grass .... jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
TTGA
9.1.4  TTGA  replied to  Sparty On @9.1.3    2 months ago

On mud, grass might actually work (maybe). 

We're at little south and on the sunrise side from you.

BC, that would be somewhere between the Grayling and Alpena areas (which is as close as I would try to guess).  Really beautiful spots.  I'm about halfway between Grand Rapids and Lansing.  Farming area; not as spectacularly beautiful as farther north but pretty, especially now when the calves are dropping and the crops are starting to grow.

For all of the folks out there who may be thinking of Michigan for a vacation, you couldn't find anywhere with more scenic beauty than this State.  If you prefer hotels or motels, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is a match for anything in the country, just about anything in the world.  For those into camping, I can only recommend my personal favorite, the Otsego Lake State Park near the town of Gaylord.  There are many others that are great but that's the one we've been going to since I was about 10.

Last year I was thinking of writing up a travelogue of the UP, but things got busy.  Maybe I should start working on it again.

 
 
 
Sparty On
9.1.5  author  Sparty On  replied to  TTGA @9.1.4    2 months ago

I live up by Traffic City.

You know, the traffic capital of Michigan during the Cherry festival ... yeah buddy, we do love our fudgies ....

 
 
 
TTGA
9.1.6  TTGA  replied to  Sparty On @9.1.1    2 months ago

Hmmmmmm.....lets see.

VERY LATE IN THE FALL:  SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER

WINTER:  DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, FIRST HALF OF MAY

SPRING: SECOND HALF OF MAY

ROAD CONSTRUCTION (COMBINED WITH TROPICAL HEAT): JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

Yep, there are four.

 
 
 
Sunshine
9.1.7  Sunshine  replied to  TTGA @9.1.6    2 months ago

Isn't hunting season the only one that counts? jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

One year my friend and I decided to take off up north at the last minute and we forgot that it was hunting season.  We drove from Lansing over to Lake Michigan up through Ludington to Traverse City back down 75 to Lansing in one day because we couldn't find a room.  

 
 
 
TTGA
9.1.8  TTGA  replied to  Sunshine @9.1.7    2 months ago
Isn't hunting season the only one that counts?

Yep, that would be the fifth one and certainly the most important.  Many of the high schools, some in urban areas, are closed on November 15th (opening day of deer season).  Half of the students and a third of the faculty are off "sick" on that day.

 
 
 
Kavika
9.2  Kavika   replied to  Sparty On @9    2 months ago
we usually get four very distinctive seasons.

We do as well....Early summer, summer, late summer and kinda summer.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @9.2    2 months ago

In Canada they're Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter and Construction.

 
 
 
epistte
9.2.2  epistte  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.2.1    2 months ago
In Canada they're Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter and Construction.

Change Late Winter" to Pothole season and you have just described Ohio. 

 
 
 
Kavika
9.2.3  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @9.2    2 months ago

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Kavika
9.2.4  Kavika   replied to  Kavika @9.2.3    2 months ago

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Buzz of the Orient
9.2.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  epistte @9.2.2    2 months ago

Right on - that's why the next season is "Construction" .  LOL

 
 
 
epistte
9.2.6  epistte  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.2.5    2 months ago
Right on - that's why the next season is "Construction" .  LOL

The orange road cone is the state flower of Ohio.

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Enoch
9.2.7  Enoch  replied to  Kavika @9.2.3    2 months ago

LOL

 
 
 
Enoch
9.2.8  Enoch  replied to  Kavika @9.2.4    2 months ago

Brrrr.

BOL

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.2.9  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  epistte @9.2.6    2 months ago

LOL

 
 
 
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10  Badfish H҉a҉n҉d҉ ҉o҉f҉ ҉D҉o҉o҉m҉    2 months ago

If more people recycled this wouldn't be happening. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11  Raven Wing    2 months ago

Hey Sparty...how ya doin'? Hope the weather getting better now. Temps here in the upper '80's to mid '90's and lots of sun. Looks like summer will be here soon. Our 110-112 degree days are just around the corner it seems. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
11.1  author  Sparty On  replied to  Raven Wing @11    2 months ago

Good thx ..... typical spring snowstorm for this part of the country.   No snow on the ground prior to the storm, 3-4 inches after the storm, all melted the next day.   I was raking leaves prior to the storm and got driven off by it.   Back at it after things dry out ..... spring chores

 
 
 
Sunshine
12  Sunshine    2 months ago

This is St. Petersburg, FL in early February this year.  So nice to get away from the cold that time of year.

Going out for a ride in my youngest daughter's boat.  These are my two grandkids.

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Sparty On
12.1  author  Sparty On  replied to  Sunshine @12    2 months ago

Nice!