Photos about a year apart to illustrate the lack of snow in Minneapolis. Other parts of the US — even Texas — have had more snow this year. Very unusual. It usually looks like the first set of pictures at this time of year.
December 20, 2003
Mary, Robbie and I go sledding at nearby Matthews Park. Lots of snow as there should be in Minneapolis this time of the year.
December 31, 2004
Pictures at (approximately) the same spot over a year later. We are snowless this year. There have been some dustings but it melts. On Dec. 30, temperatures rose to almost 50F and it rained. El Nino? I don’t know.
It has been cold. Even snowless, we had temperatures below zero (F). It’ much harder to live with these cold temperatures without snow.
Today we have a winter storm watch and freezing rain is falling. Temperature is 23F.