Notes from the freezer


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.

  • GregS


    Is this some kind of denial of Global Warming?

    It is not cold, it is warmer than it has ever been before, or at the very least Climate Models predicted that this cold is really all a part of getting warmer.


  • GregS

    I guess it is not just us.

    Snow falls on United Arab Emirates

    DUBAI (AFP) β€” Snow has fallen over the United Arab Emirates for the first time ever, leaving a white blanket over the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah as the desert country experienced a cold spell and above-average rainfall.

    Dubai airport’s meteorology department told AFP Thursday that snow fell over the Al-Jees mountain range in Ras al-Khaimah, which is the most northerly member of the UAE federation.

    The English-language Gulf News reported that the mountain cluster, 5,700 feet (1,737 metres) above sea level, “had heavy night-time snowfall for the past two days as a result of temperatures dropping to as low as minus five Celsius (23 Fahrenheit)” and stunning the emirate’s residents.

    On Monday, half an inch of rain fell on the desert emirate of Dubai, where it hardly ever rains, as police reported 500 accidents on its roads in 24 hours, including one fatality, as a result of a three-day downpour.

    A cold spell has hit the country this week, with the mercury plunging to 53.6 Fahrenheit in Dubai on Wednesday night.

  • Bob Collins

    My outdoor hockey game has just been postponed. I’m very disappointed. 12 degrees seems like perfect hockey weather to me.

    Kids today.

  • “The Winter Carnival Marathon distance was cut in half.”

    Quick corrections:

    The original distance was a Half Marathon (13.1 miles), not a Marathon (26.2 miles). It’s actual name is the Securian Frozen Half, rather than the Winter Carnival Marathon. So it was cut from 13.1 miles down to around 6.5ish miles, rather than from 26.2 down to 13.1 miles.

    Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine being someone that runs such things. That second 13.1 miles makes a heck of a difference πŸ™‚

    Though admittedly a pretty chilly race either way.

  • Bob Collins

    So it was a half -half-marathon?

  • Hello Bob, I hope you are keeping warm durning these cold days of winter. I was actually at the carnival with the photographer that you posted. Jamie really appreciates you posting a link to his blog!


  • yeah, from what I head, it was about 6.5 miles, so about a half of a half marathon, though mostly just an odd distance for a race. Generally when you have a race around that length, they make it 10 kilometers (10K), which is 6.2 miles. Not sure how they decided 6 and a half was the way to go. Maybe they didn’t have time to measure a 10K once the decision was made?