How high are da snow banks around Da Tourist Trap page!
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1. Winter Jan-2020
2. Spring May-2019
3. Winter Feb-2019
4. Winter 2018-2019
5. Winter 2017-2018
6. Winter 2016-2017
7. Winter 2014-2015
8. Winter 2013-2014
9. Winter 2012-2013
10. Winter 2011-2012
11. Winter 2010-2011
12. Winter 2009-2010

Winter Jan-2020
We've received loads and loads of snow so far and it's only January!
There's been a lot of excitement here at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap because we have a new visiter that's been hanging around.
Skeet and I noticed that one of our shovels was damaged, and later on we spotted a fin cruising through the parking lot and in and out of our snow banks... you people aren't going to believe this, but we have a "Snow Shark" hanging around the property!
Anna happened to catch it in this pic of Skeet and I removing snow.

Spring Feb-2019
The pic along with the date says it all.

Winter Feb-2019
02-024-19 BLIZZARD!
Skeet and I sharing a shovel up on the roof  here at Da Trap.
Man, talk about snow! Many here in Ishpeming are saying this is the most snow they've seen in 45 years! People are having to rethink as to were to put the snow, and snow related roof problems have many on edge because of ice dams etc.
Here's what the National Weather Service had to say:
Significant winter storm impacted all of Upper Michigan late Saturday night through Sunday, bringing with it heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Several roof collapses were reported across the area due to the weight of the snow on top of what has already been a very snowy last 5 weeks.

Power outages, slippery roads, trees/branches down, schools closed etc.
While taking these pics I could hear the sound of tree limbs cracking every 30 seconds or so.

Winter 2018-2019
Our first snow for the upcoming 2018-19 Winter.
Above is Skeet saying "What... already?"

Our first snow for the upcoming 2018-19 Winter.
Above is Skeet saying "Man, that freakish Snow-man is back, that thing has been chasing me around this place
for the last three Winters, I SWEAR!"
I told him I've never seen it and that it's all in his head, though I admit that there appears to be
something in this pic that I snapped.

Our first snow for the upcoming 2018-19 Winter.
There appears to be something in this pic that I snapped also, though I didn't notice it when taking the pic... so maybe Skeet has been seeing something... nah, can't be true.

Winter 2017-2018
The car above was free from snow several days earlier.
Man oh man, did we get dumped on! three days of steady wind and snow, in fact 18+ inches on average, and up to 24.5" in some areas of the Yooperland...

...and that’s not counting the snow drifts! Our parking lot, including the area you see in the above photo was
clear of snow just one week earlier!

Menominee, MI, which is on the Wisconsin border, got dumped with more than 2 feet over the weekend; apparently the most snowfall in a single storm ever recorded since 1919 in the city; and again let’s keep in mind,
we’re talking April here!

Lower Michigan was also hit with heavy snow and also icy rain in areas. The storm was powerful enough to draw in moisture all the way from the Gulf of Mexico before dumping it here.
Some people who’ve lived here all their lives reported snow drifts 10 feet and higher and say they've
never seen anything like it.

Above is the Radar forecast at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 showing the large area of precipitation that developed. The purple was an area of quickly thickening freezing rain. (weatherbell.com)

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Above right shows what the west side of our parking lot looked like a week before what you see on the left. The ice and snow had been melting nice and steady for a good two or three weeks... and then on the last day of March we get dumped on. Another 5" to 8" is expected today (04-03-18) into tomorrow

To reiterate from above, our parking lot was 95% void of ice and snow just three days before this pic, and a lot more is expected later today.

Winter 2016-2017

Above is Skeet standing in front of our bill board on February 19th 2017.
It was 60 degrees that day, very odd for February.

Below is a pic from the morning of March 8, 2017.
Upper Michigan had just experienced what was probably the worst pure windstorm since November 10, 1998.

Above is Ron Giannunzio riding our latest addition to the family, "Gravel Gurdy," the largest motorized Tricycle in Michigan, and possibly the largest in the world!

Below is a pic showing Gurdy on her side along with our billboard after the March 8, 2017 Windstorm..
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Skeet strikes a pose; "Looky here, it's mid Feb... it's 60 degrees fahrenheit and our parkin'
lot is over   90% exposed!

Here's Hoolie at the edge of our parking lot at the Store during the first week of March
You can see Big Gus in the background.
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The same spot in mid Feb 2017!
60 degree weather!
Winter 2016-2017
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Here's Hoolie and I on our cell phones giving each other updates on the weather
in our areas:

    Me: "A lot of snow here at the Tourist Trap... the roads are very icy... there's been dozens of reports of accidents across Marquette County alone! A gal on Facebook who lives 6 miles north of Pine Stump reported receiving 12 inches of snow in the last 24 hours with way more on the way!
    Also , a wind gust of 76 mph was measured at Stannard Rock on Lake Superior
early this morning and was the highest January wind speed recorded at the site over the last 20 years! I looked out the window at 3 am last night and the trees were dancing like crazy, so yeah, the drifts are pretty bad too! Wind chills are approaching 20 to 25 below they say!
    So what's it like on your end?"

    Hoolie: "It’s 70 here in Arizona... mostly sunny... and the cactus are delicious, BURP!"


Winter 2014-2015

Hello Winter Storm Astro!
We received as much as three feet of snow from Monday Nov 10th through Wednesday Nov 12th, resulting in snow-covered roads for these days, creating hazardous
driving conditions, school closings, accidents, etc.
Keep in mind also that Sunday Nov 9th, the day before the storm, we had no snow at all here at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap!
You can see the huge snowy footprint left behind by Astro in these pics.

Again, if you can believe it, three days before this pic was snapped we had no snow on the ground here at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap.

That's our 11 foot sign behind that mountain of fresh snow!

Hello Winter Storm Astro!

Winter 2013-2014

Here's a selfie I took after plowing showing that as far as Spring is concerned, we are experiencing early February conditions here in Yooperland

It has been an exceptionally cold winter so far, and yes, we've received a lot of snow also.
Here's Skeet and I tending to "Rocky," a local business owner's pet who usually stops by several times a year during the summer to say hello and get his treat. Rocky was attempting to take a leak when the frigid below zero temp caused his stream to freeze solid before he could finish. Notice Skeet carefully working the lighter while I comfort lil' ole Rocky-poo....

Compared to seasonal norms, the coldest place on Earth in January was the upper peninsula of Michigan near Iron River, where temperatures were as much as 3.86 C (about 6.95 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler than seasonal norms, according to Dr. John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. This was part of a large area of cooler than normal temperatures that covered most of the eastern U.S. and Canada in January, stretching from just south of Hudson Bay through the Gulf of Mexico.
Generally, however, Earth’s atmosphere was warmer than normal in January, with the warmest spot over northeastern Greenland by the Arctic Ocean. Atmospheric temperatures there averaged 6.24 C (just over 11.2 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than seasonal norms
for January.

Above is a satellite photo of Cold northwesterly winds creating lake-effect snowfall over Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. It sometimes seems Amazing that we humans can live in such conditions.
Winter 2012-2013

We're into the second week of April and still receiving loads of snow! More is forecasted for tonight into tomorrow, so it looks like I'll be plowing Saturday also!

Last year at this time we had already setup many of the displays. We literally had no snow! Hard to believe when viewing these pics...

With wet, slippery and heavy snow like this, you have to be careful not to bury and hang up the front end while plowing...

It's hard to believe that last year at this time we had virtually no snow...

Man, the parking lot is becoming smaller because of all the snow. In this pic the highway is behind the mountain of snow I'm standing in front of.
We snapped these pics after two days of steady high winds and snow, and all the plowing, shoveling and snow blowing that comes with it.

You can still see Big Ernie behind Skeet. You wouldn't guess that Big Ernie is mounted on a flat-bed truck if you didn't already know, that's how high the snow banks are!

While Skeet and I were shoveling after our first snowfall, a couple of tourists from Detroit came over and asked why the outdoor displays were covered up.

Here they are wishing they had visited a month or two earlier...

Hoolie takes a seat and chats with one that still needs to be put away til Spring ...
Winter 2011-2012

Hoolie in the parking lot here at the Store during the first week of March

Here's the same spot ten years later during the first week of March
It's amazing! It's astounding! It's also a bit scary...
Most of our snow has melted and it's not even mid March.

Here I am at the back entrance of the Store
in mid March

Here I am on the same spot during the first week of March

Records are being broke all over the planet concerning climate changes. There are still many experts that believe it's a natural cycle. I hope they're correct.

Our third day of continuous snowfall... I'm so sick of snow! Here I am wearing my favorite orange plowing hat.

Skeets sick of snow too... Here he is seconds before clobbering me with a giant snow-bolder....

Our first storm of the winter, a heavy wet headache of white everywhere you look here
at Da Trap!
National Weather Service forecasters in Negaunee Township said the storm, which began dropping snow on areas west of Marquette late Wednesday morning, left a total of 12.2 inches of snow at the NWS office, with 13.1 inches in some areas of Baraga County.

The higher terrain of western Marquette County got the most,
while some areas near Lake Superior (Marquette for instance) saw little more than an inch, due to higher temperatures near the shore.
Winter 2010-2011

Here I am Showing how high one of our snowbanks became by mid January.

Over all this Winter has been easy. Much less snowfall resulting in a easily maintainable melt-off. Here I am plowing while Skeet snaps a pic.

I needed to give the plow truck a break, so I snapped a pic of Skeet shoveling what was plowed. He's frowning... in case you can't tell....
Winter 2009-2010

By looking at this pic, you can see that we've received our share of snow so far this winter. Though other areas of the country are dealing with ice-storms, record snow falls, etc, we're actually happier then ole hell. Why you ask?

...Because the last few days have been relatively warm, resulting in much of the snow melting away! We all know that at least two more major snow falls are going to hit us in the next couple months; above is Skeet waiting patiently for the next storm.

Look, you can actually see the gravel in the parking lot!
There really is a Joulupukki!

Yes, we've received a lot of snow for the month of December, and to think this is only the beginning! Here I am shoveling the parking lot. I had the plow truck warmed up and ready in case my back got sore.

Here's Skeet shoveling the store and Rock Shop entrances. He had the snow blower warmed up and ready in case his back became sore.

Here I am preparing to jump the tour bus. I needed a jump first.
Winter 2009

Skeet moans, gripes and groans while shoveling, and for good reason..
Almost all of our snow had melted, there were only a few small patches in the back. The weather had been reasonably warm for this time of year and it looked like Spring had truly arrived.. that is until the night before these pick were taken.

The big spring storm hit mostly the western 2/3rds of the U.P. dumping totals of 5 to 15" of very wet, heavy snow. Here I am waiting for the snow covering the plow truck to melt before hopping in.

Because I was so depressed with our interrupted spring, I contemplated ending it all by standing in the same spot and letting the falling snow bury me alive. Knowing that would be impossible, I proceeded to plow instead

Skeet stands near our welcome sign, providing a great reference point in showing just how high some of our snow banks are.

Skeet knows he left a hammer somewhere inside the rock barn gate last fall.. he stands at the entrance waiting patiently for the snow to melt as to reveal the missing tool.

Skeet trudges through s sea of snow so I can get a pic of him with Big Gus.

Here's Skeet floppin' around after slipping on an icy patch while trying to get into our old tour bus; which we now use for storage.

Of course, we keep our parking lot and walk ways shoveled, plowed and salted, so no worries here at the Tourist Trap.
But yes viewers, it's like living on another planet. A sea of snow surrounds you at every turn. Every step where there's solid ground needs to be observed for ice. Because of this you have to change the way you walk a bit; you have to be ready to catch your balance in case of slipping. And as for driving, accidents have been occurring almost daily throughout the U.P. If someone pulls out in front of you, you better hope you're able to come to a stop or safely turn to avoid them, and with icy roads this can be impossible even at half the speed limit.

Skeet suggests we take a break from work and head to the Gay Bar in the town of Gay, MI. Located up in the Copper Country area of the U.P.

It's February now and we've already received tons of snow, I mean tons and tons. Did I mention cold? We've received tons and tons of cold. Did I mention chest colds, bronchitis, sniffles, coughing etc? We've had tons and tons of chest colds, bronchitis, sniffles, coughing etc.
Total inches of snow so far this year: 155.60


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