There’s something to be said for normal.
The National Weather Service is reporting today that 2012 — if you can recall that far back — was the second-warmest year on record.
That’s generally considered a bad thing, so take heart in the frigid temperatures of the last few days.
And take heart in this image from the Mille Lacs Lake Webcam website.
That there is a whole lot of normal.
It wasn’t always thus.
The satellite from this date in the second-warmest year on record looked like this:
Some resorts on the giant lake had to close their area to fishing because there was so much open water.
The latest satellite photo was Sunday.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories but reflections , observations, and debate.