Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Welcome to Spring in Northern MN!

The weekend following our blizzard, we had 4 days of +50F weather, followed by 2 inches of rain. The culverts are still frozen so the water had nowhere to go...except into our yards. The picture above shows the ditch water, level with our yard. Fortunately, it turned cold again so the ditches froze over.

The water on the other side of our driveway had current in it as it slowly drained into our neighbor's too low yard. It couldn't have happened to a better guy!

This is a picture of the standing water, on top of the ice, between our house and garage. All of this water has nowhere to go until the frost goes out of the ground. Many basements and garages were flooding last week.

SW of us, residents are still waiting for the Red River to crest. I can only imagine what a nightmare that is!

This week we got 5 more inches of heavy, wet snow. The forecast calls for snow for the next 5 out of 7 days.

Between our endless winter and the horrendous economy, my mood has been far from light-hearted. Coherent thought escapes me. I need a nap!


At 4/01/2009 5:53 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

....And guess what? It's snowing here, too! WTF? Will this winter ever end???

At 4/01/2009 6:09 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

WC, it certainly doesn't look like it! It's APRIL for tit's sake!

At 4/01/2009 6:21 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

You poor dears! We've had only slight snow and manageable rain. Haven't heard of any dire flooding. Except in your direction.

At 4/01/2009 6:36 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jeannie, all I can say is that Hudson Bay is gonna be terribly full after all this drains away. My luck it'll drive the polar bears down here.

At 4/01/2009 7:58 PM, Blogger Laura said...


At 4/01/2009 8:24 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

Be sure to take pictures of any migratory penguins you see ;)

At 4/02/2009 6:19 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

We've had all kinds of weather lately. I'm glad we're not as far north as you are. We get more than enough snow for my taste. We're also lucky to live so close to Lake Michigan. Flooding isn't a big problem with such a large place for the water to drain.

I hope you can keep your spirits up. Warm weather should be coming one of these days...

At 4/02/2009 9:18 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Sorry for your weather woes. We've just got crooked politics here.

At 4/02/2009 11:07 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

OH MY GOD - we have awoken to a winter wonderland! At least 10cm of snow and counting and it's still coming down in buckets!!!!

At 4/02/2009 3:11 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks Laura!

Hammer, I tried, but the polar bears ate 'em before I could get a picture. ;)

Squirl, our county is 90% swampland, so flooding is rarely a problem here. Unfortunately, the swamps have to be thawed in order to absorb the moisture.
Everybody in town is depressed about the weather so at least I'm not alone in my misery. ;)

VV, we don't have crooked politics here right now, but we do have some IDIOTIC politics that's starting to suck me in. I have the feeling that I'll be getting way more involved in this than I want to be.

WC, Tuesday, I laughingly pointed out how lacy the trees looked to Z and L. They told me to "SHUT UP!"
The beauty part has exceeded its expiration date, hasn't it? Hang in there, I'm right there with you.

At 4/03/2009 3:25 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

You know I cant believe that bar is still there.. Then gotta remember April showers bring May Flowers..LOL.... Loads of flooding will be in progress if it doesnt dry up some.. I feel for you guys. its been chilly but nicer than up there..

Hey all if you look where that Bar is my God Mother lives on the other side of it through the woods.. LOL.. Kind of funny how we were all so close in that area....

At 4/03/2009 7:01 AM, Blogger mister anchovy said...

all you can do is enjoy it.

At 4/03/2009 2:50 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

We finally got a little bit of sun here today, it's helping pull me out of my funk. I hate the early part of spring when it's all melting snow and mud. You guys got a lot more snow than we did, though, so I expect you're in for a muddier spring.

At 4/03/2009 4:37 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, the bar is only open on the weekends now, so it is barely there.

Mr A, how 'bout "grin and bear it"? :p

Courtney, that's why I hate spring too. We get cabin fever and want to enjoy the warmer weather, but it's too muddy to do ANYTHING.
The way it looks now, there won't be any outdoor activities until the end of May. :(

At 4/05/2009 8:39 AM, Blogger Maddy said...

Eeek. It's not as bad as that in England where I escaped the weather. I hate weather. I need a nice steady 72 degrees maximum and 70 degrees minimum.

We've been following the red river on the radio. I'm amazed that all those people came to sand bag, what a community. Hoping the thaw comes soon......or maybe not as that may add to the flooding!
Best wishes

At 4/05/2009 2:22 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Oh, man that looks like such a huge mess! It's like it goes on and on and on and on - kinda like the presidential campaign!

It's weird down here - raining constantly like its hurricane season - we put down $100 worth of mole cricket doom, and weed and feed and it must have washed out on the other side of the world. Mostly weeds, mole cricket holes, fire ant castles left, grass looks bad!

You are right - this is just doubly dreary because of the economic woes around us - its like such a mess of tension in the air, its stiffling!

At 4/06/2009 8:56 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

Sometimes, I wish we could hibernate.

At 4/06/2009 7:27 PM, Blogger Pam said...

I hope you're thawing nicely up there, TS... We woke up to 4 new inches yesterday but it's already gone. But it's still too cold and windy. My first year in MN there were snow flurries on Memorial Day! Minne-snow-da, indeed!

At 4/07/2009 11:15 AM, Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Oh man - that sucks. The only time that we ever had problems with flooding in the old neighborhood was when it snowed, melted, rained and then froze over. What a mess. Once it happened and the weight on our flat roofed rowhouse got so heavy that our interior walls cracked in places. We had to have engineers out to check if the house was still okay to live in. It was - but thank God for insurance!

Hang in there! We know how hard it is - you guys haven't gotten any breaks on your weather this winter and spring.

At 4/08/2009 11:55 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

I'm feeling sorta guilty now ... like I'm hogging spring weather. I'd send it to you if I could.

What a mess - snow, ice, thaw, snow. You will appreciate spring far more than most.

It'll get there. Have hope.

At 4/09/2009 6:27 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Maddy, as much as I'd LOVE to see the snow disappear, I'm hoping for a slow melt. If it melts too fast there will be even more flooding.

Gardenia, LOL! The presidential campaign is the perfect thing to compare our winter to. ;)

ZF, I've practically sunk into a state of hibernation the past few weeks. I've become numb. :(

We still have 2 ft of snow in our yard, so don't be whining about a measly 4 inches. We haven't even got to the muddy/icky part of spring yet. Maybe I should come down there for a month and bypass the mess? ;)

Grizz, that's EXACTLY what happened here...thaw, freeze, rain, more snow. The snowbanks in our yard are solid ICE!

Cherie, I laughed when I read your post about garden plants on your windowsill. I won't be starting our seeds until this weekend. We never plant the garden before the first week in June. This year that looks doubtful...maybe July?

Cabin fever runs rampant in our household. This too shall pass. ;)


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