Monday, April 18, 2011

Not what was expected,

It just goes to show, you never know....

Our first trip north to the cabin was planned for this last Saturday. The weather was predicted to be cold, but that fit into our plans with cleaning the cabin the only thing on the agenda. Spring comes late in the northwoods, and in April there is not even a hint of green anywhere. Outside activities don't start in earnest until June..Still, before we left home on Saturday afternoon, we phoned our neighbor up north to ask about the weather, and he reported  flurries, but the snow was melting away immediately.
  Imagine our surprise when arrived at our destination and found 4-5 inches of fresh new snow everywhere! AND it was cold! 24 degrees at 8 pm.And dark, not surprising, but it explains the poor quality of the photo.

In the morning we awoke to a winter wonderland. On April 17th. Ugh.
Pretty, yes, but it remained cold all day and the snow stayed all Sunday. Ice covered the lake...

Later that morning we heard from some local folks that last Sunday they had some exciting weather in the form of tornadoes.  The neighboring community of Armstrong Creek was struck by a F1 tornado, just a week before. Cleanup efforts were continuing as we drove around in the affected area.

To read more about the damage, follow this link.
As the newspaper says, tornadoes are unusual in this area, luckily no one was seriously injured.
Seeing snow covering recent tornado destruction is also kinda strange.

The snow remained on the ground when we headed for home this morning, with 6 more inches predicted for tomorrow night.
I am glad to be home. I hope the weather is better the next time we go north, but you never know.

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