MPR’s Tom Weber, purely for the fun of it, stopped by the Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis on Saturday. There were, from the looks of things, plenty of people staying warm by playing, but not a lot of people freezing by watching.
It was the same story in St. Paul where about a dozen floats and their participants dropped out of the Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday because of the cold. And the sidewalks weren’t exactly crammed, although you really have to admire the people who stood and watched (good pictures here).
The Winter Carnival Marathon distance was cut in half. Two octogenarians ran it — and completed it. Where did you say you were, again?
Meanwhile, in Bemidji, the classic snowmobile races went on as scheduled.
And so did some indoor things to do.
If we make it through six more days like this, we’ll have gone the entire month of January without the thermometer getting above freezing. That hasn’t happened since 1979, according to meteorologist Craig Edwards. Much of our super-warming winter clothing hadn’t been invented yet.