Twin Cities weather

“True Minnesotan,” Defined

“Cold Enough For ‘Ya?,” or “Go West North, Young Man” I’m sure that other people have their own preferred definitions of what constitutes a “true Minnesotan” (Growing up knowing how to sheetrock?  Ice skating before you could walk?). But here’s mine: “A true Minnesotan is someone who heads north, not south, whenever they have vacation or a...
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“Fair-Weather Friends,” Literally, Thanks to Covid

Thanks to Covid-19, all of my friends are literally “fair-weather friends” now. As in, the only time I can get together with them — typically for an outdoors lunch — is when the local weather is fair. Lucky for the Twin Cities, the next stretch of weather looks glorious: sunny with highs in the 60’s...
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Early Fall Colors on Display — Especially Orange(!) — at Minneapolis’ Lake Bde Maka Ska

“But, Was He Wearing a Mask??” Unfortunately, the most brilliant orange on display at Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly “Lake Calhoun”) late this afternoon wasn’t the Fall foliage (just starting to turn colors locally). Rather, it was the (too) vivid neon-orange shorts covering a certain gentleman as he strolled around the lake. Make that, partially...
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Smoky Air Arrives in Minnesota

  Hazy Sun, Low 80’s in Twin Cities Minnesotans who have relatives on the East or West Coast (I have both) know the drill: whenever there’s a tornado (or blizzard) somewhere in the Midwest, we invariably get a worried call. “I just was just checking to make sure you were OK,” they’ll say. “The storms...
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“Designated Driver” — Kaplan Family Definition

At least in the Kaplan household, “designated driver” has nothing to do with alcohol, intoxication, or any illicit substances. It’s a function of the weather. So, when it’s exceptionally icy or snowy (it’s both today in the Twin Cities), either me or one of my sons assumes driving duty from my wife, using our 4-wheel...
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“Neither Snow Nor Rain” . . . But What About Minus 60° Below Wind Chill??

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” –unofficial credo of United States Postal Service. There won’t be any mail carriers wearing shorts in the Twin Cities today. If fact, there won’t be any mail delivery at all. With local temps and...
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