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Lake Superior Diary.....

About The
Diary

Teresa and I have lived right next to this lake for 8 years. This diary is an idea I've had for a long time but have never got around to implementing. My plan is to give a brief description of the lake each day. My intent is to get an inkling of just how many faces Superior has and how rapidly those expressions change. This diary idea started when I recognized that my experience living next to Superior was quite different than my experience growing up and visiting the lake a few times a year. My vacation memories of Superior in the summer was of foggy days where I couldn't see the lake unless hiking along the shore. I love experiencing Lake Superior that way but I quickly realized it is by no means the dominant summer face as I had expected. The diary idea continued to build as I gazed with Teresa at this icy cold body of water in the winter. I was genuinely surprised to find that in our exposed location, ice on the lake usually does not begin to form until mid to late February. Once it does begin to form, I was fascinated with how quickly it can go from no ice at all to ice as far as you can see and vice versa. I would like to let the diary give you a sense of what Lake Superior looks like here on Croftville Road. I hope the contents will give readers a glimpse into Lake Superior's many faces through the seasons.

Mike Chmelik
January 1, 2012

June
2018

June 23: It is a quiet morning in Croftville. There is a fishing boat about a half mile off shore. Lake Superior has only ripples on its surface. It is a faint blue except for a dark thin horizontal band of navy near the horizon. Skies are covered with light clouds that look like they could burn away as the sun gets higher in the sky. Our low is 51.

June 22: Our low this morning was 48 and our high 68 this afternoon. We had partly cloudy skies with plenty of sun today. Lake Superior was still and there was a bit of a haze over the lake making the horizon partially obscured.

June 21: It is off to Duluth today for an unexpected shopping trip when wwe ran out of tile that I was positive we had. It's funny how often things you are positive about are simply false. There was plenty of sun and temps started in the 50's and climbed into the upper 60's as I traveled down the scenic byway to Duluth. I saw plenty of freighters as i got closer to Duluth and realized I miss seeing them in Grand Marais during the summer when they take a more southerly route across Lake Superior.

June 20: Lake Superior has been still today. There are lots of clouds and at times it is overcast which leaves the lake a dull blue gray. After a morning low of 53 we managed to get up to 76 this afternoon out of the lake breeze and only in the upper 50's in the lake breeze.

June 19: Our morning low was 53 this morning and we are now at 63 in the middle of the afternoon. We have partly cloudy skies with cirrus clouds. Lake Superior is a pale blue gray and placid. The juneberries are pretty much done blossoming now but the mountain ash, lupines, and lilacs are taking their place.

June 18: We had a high of 76 this afternoon after starting the day in the low 60's. There was a lot of haze in the air today. As we drove over to Virginia on the range we could see how saturated the ground is with the weekend rain. We also noticed that many trees on the borders of bogs are dying. I suspect that the normal water levels that have been absent for so many years are killing off trees that have encroached into the marsh territory.

June 17: Our morning low was 48 and we are up to 60 at noon. We have partly cloudy skies after intense fog this morning. There is still limited visibility out on the gray lake with small roller waves from the SE.

June 16: We had many bouts of rain today. Our high was only in the upper 50's. Visibility was limited on a gray overcast lake with 2ft waves from the SE.

June 15: We woke up to an intense thunderstorm this morning. Our overnight low was 55 and skies are dark. Timing the lightning strikes to thunder, lightning was within 2 miles during the peak of the storm. We have 2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE.

June 14: It actually warmed up to 83 yesterday. Grand Marais was the high temp for the state. It was a situation where the winds came off the hill all day so we didn't get any of the cool from the lake. The warmth did feel good but I have become a wimp for warm temps, I hope we don't see many 83 degree days anymore this summer. Today was beautiful and our high was in the mid 60's. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with 1-2ft waves again from the SSW.

June 13: It only got into the high 50's yesterday but our morning temp was already in the low 50's when we got up today. It could be a warm day with temps in the 70's this afternoon. There are clear blue skies after the clouds cleared out during the night. Lake Superior is a deep blue with dark olive green shadows one its 1-2ft waves from the SSW.

June 12: It was 47 this morning but it felt much warmer. Clouds moved in overnight and skies this morning are about 75% covered. Lake Superior is a pale blue gray with 6" waves coming in from the SE. I can see two boats sitting about a half mile from shore. The one boat has been there each day for several days. Maybe they have found a favorite fishing hole.

June 11: It was another beautiful summer day here in Croftville. After beggining the day at 47 we warmed up to 70 by late afternoon. Lake Superior was a deep blue with 1-2ft waves from the south. Once again we had that white band just below the horizon. I think it is some sort of mirage with moisture rising off the lake. It seems that each day the green of the boreal forest becomes a little denser and a little darker as the foliage on the trees mature.

June 10: What a beautiful early summer day in Croftville. Blue skies with wisps of clouds were overhead. Our high was in the 60's and in the sun it felt warm. Away from the breeze off the lake you were warm also. But, if you were in the breeze it was quite chilly. Lake Superior was a steel blue with 2-3ft waves and a few whitecaps from the SE. The exception was a small light blue band near the horizon.

June 9: It was overcast all day with rain at times. Lake Superior was calm in the morning but had small 1ft waves and a highly textured surface later in the afternoon. The lake is a pale gray. Temperatures are in the low 60's. Our June berries are blooming right now.

June 8: Lake Superior is quiet this morning. There are only ripples on the surface. There are patches of perfectly still water which have a lighter blue hue than the main rippled surface. The air is still, so my guess is that these patches must have something to do with currents in the lake. I am struck by how green everything is, I am still not used to it and it surprises me every time I go outside. Our morning low was 48. With clear blue skies, this could be a sign that we may have a warm day.

June 7: It is a slightly hazy day, the haze isn't opague enough to block the sun from making shadows, but it is enough to meld together the lake and the sky at the horizon. There is a faint breeze off the lake keeping everything exposed to the lake cool. The low this morning was 45 and so far we have made it into the low 60's by mid-afternoon. The leaves have begun to mature on the trees and you can no longer see a long ways into the forest.

June 6: We started this morning at 44 degrees and temps have slowly risen all day. Rights now at 10pm we are at our high for the day at 64. The rain that was supposed to come turned from overcast skies to partly cloudy skies to clear blue skies. Lake Superior was mostly calm today with a deep blue surface once the skies cleared.

June 5: The day begins with a pale blue calm lake and 42 degrees. Our clear blue skies and the sounds of happy birds suggest it will be another beautiful day. I watched the half moon for awhile this morning as dawn approached.

June 4: It was a picture perfect spring day in Croftville. We had a high of 74 after a low of 53 this morning. Clear blue skies and a strong breeze kept you not too hot and not too cold. Lake Superior was almost black with just a hint of blue against a crisp white horizon line. We had 1-3ft waves coming today from the SSW after yesterday's ESE direction.

June 3: There was some rain. There was some sun. There was a lot of wind. And Lake Superior had large 3-4ft waves coming in from an olbique angel from the ESE crashing whitecaps into the shore.

June 2: It was rainy today. It was windy today. The wind was so strong we had to take down the placards on our sign to keep them from blowing into the road. Lake Superior was gray with roller waves. Our morning low was 43 and the afternoon high was in the lower 50's.

June 1: I guess this is the 1st of June but you wouldn't know it outside. Our morning low was 44 and at 3pm our high for the day is 47 so far. Skies are overcast and light gray and looks like it could rain any moment although we have not had a drop today. Lake Superior is a silver gray with 1-2ft waves from the SSE. The red osier dogwood are beginning to leaf out as well as the raspberries.

May
2018

May 31: We have mostly overcast skies today and we look on the verge of rain any minute even though none has fallen today. There are 1-2ft gray waves from the SSW. Overnight we were in the upper 40's and right now at 2:00pm it is still only 51 degrees here next to the lake in Croftville. In the fog this morning we saw fishermen placing nets not more than 100ft from our shore.

May 30: We have 56 this morning with partly cloudy cirrus clouds overhead. Lake Superior has small light blue waves from the south. A lightning and rainstorm hit around 9pm last night and continued into the eraly hours of the morning. It is the first hard rain storm I can remember from this spring and it felt good.

May 29: The morning low was 53 and the late afternoon high was 67 in Croftville today and it felt like heaven after the southern Minnesota heat over the weekend. This is the place to be. Lake Superior was a bluish black in the morning with 2-3ft waves and a few whitecaps from the south. By late afternoon it was a pale blue with a white haze at the horizon.

May 28: We traveled back away from the heat and to the cool of Lake Superior as we said goodbye to Saint Olaf College and our college graduate son, Joey. It was 83 when we left at 9am from Northfield. It was 91 as we passed through Minneapolis and it was 94 in Hinckley at noon. However, temps started to slowly fall and we were down to 80 entering Duluth. We dropped to 70 when we entered Cook County and Grand Marais was 68 at 5pm. It is so good to be home in Croftville with 65 degrees at 8pm.

May 27: Graduation Day in Northfield saw a blistering morning in the low 90's already for Bacculaureate at 9am and in the upper 90's in the afternoon. Slightly overcast skies for the 3 hours leading to Commencement helped keep the temperature down a little but mostly got rid of the direct sun as people and graduate candidates assembled. The sun came out for Commencement and was brutal for those in the direct sun. However, for those of us in the shade drinking water bottles supplied by the college and feeling the mracle of a small breeze, it was surprisingly pleasant. Up here in Grand Marais, the morning low was 44 and the afternoon high was 71. What a different world.

May 26: We are in SE Minnesota this weekend for our son's college graduation. Driving down yesterday we had 49 in Lutsen and by the time we got outside Two Harbors it was 88. Minneapolis was still 88 when we got there at 8pm. Today, it was in the 90's before noon and absolutely suffocating as we watchd a band/choir/orchestra concert in an "air conditioned" Skoglund Center. In the meantime, Croftville had a high of 70 next to Lake Superior.

May 25: Fog, lots of fog this morning. Our low was 48 and we can see the sun trying to burn the fog off. Lake Superior is light gray with a hint of green and calm that disappears seamlessly into a white mist. Leaves are continuing to come out on the aspens and birch as the shore is becoming greener with each passing day.

May 24: There is a light hazy overcast this morning. There is still enough sun getting through to make shadows. The morning low was 48 and there is humidity in the air. The trees are still with no noticable wind. The aspens and birch are now forming small leaves on their branches. Lake Superior is a still pale blue with no discernable horizon line as it seamlessly joins with the sky.

May 23: The low this morning was 44 and we had a high of 68. There were clear blue skies and a clear blue lake with only small waves from the south on the big lake.

May 22: Our temps ranged from 44-58 today here along the lake. Which end of the spectrum you were on depended on whether the breeze was coming onto the lake or coming off of the lake. Skies were mostly clear and Lake Superiors samll 6" to 1ft blue waves were coming in from the south.

May 21: We woke up to a warm 40 degrees this morning in Croftville. Lake Superior is mostly calm with only ripples for waves from the south. You can see all the rocks in the lakebed. We saw our first hummingbird yesterday, another sign of spring. It is funny that we can see the difference in the budding of the trees from the shore to up above by the highway.

May 20: Lake Superior is silver blue with dark olive shadows on the 2ft waves from the SSW. There was frost on the rooftops with the morning low of 36. However, the sun has warmed things up nicely this early afternoon when we hit a high of 65. As the breeze changes direction so does the temps from the low 50's to the mid 60's within minutes.

May 19: The budding on the aspens and birch next to Lake Superior is much more noticable today. Leaves for these trees will not be far away. It is 48 this morning with overcast skies. We had a little rain overnight along with a power outage. About 30 clocks and appliances to reset which is a pain. Lake Superior is silver with 6" waves from the SSE. Our local fox was outside again last night barking.

May 18: Some of our birch and aspen are now budding down here along the shore. I have been watching the Sawtooth Mountains and have noticed the pale green of new leaves showing up on the aspen and birch for the last 4 days, but until today I had not even seen buds down here next to the lake. We are usually about a week behind the Sawtooth Mountains leafing out. Our low this morning was 42 and our high was 63.

May 17: It was chilly at 38 this morning but temps warmed up into the upper 50's this afternoon. Lake Superior had choppy 2ft blue gray waves from the SE.

May 16: We have mostly cloudy skies today with the sun peaking out at times. The morning low was 38 and our afternoon high was 60. It was quite a beautiful day after starting with overcast skies and a light rain this morning. The sliver and navy 1-2ft waves are from the SE. The breeze is light cold when it comes off the lake.

May 15: There are clear pale blue skies over a silver blue lake today. We started the day at 42 and at 3pm we are only 48. I've talked about that once the sun gets high enough in the sky the cold air masses of winter cannot win. However, it doesn't matter how high the sun is in the sky, against a gentle breeze off our big cold lake, the sun will lose every time. Superior has 1-2ft waves from the SE on a highly textured surface.

May 14: It was a beautiful partly cloudy day today along Lake Superior. The big lake was a light blue and mostly calm. Our temps ranged from 40 to 60. We watched an otter swim by the shore today.

May 13: Croftville boasted a high of 63 today but we didn't get back in time to see it. It was surprisingly warm as we made our way back from southern Minnesota during the last hours of the day. It was still 62 in Hinckley at 8pm, 58 in Duluth at 10pm, and 46 when we rolled into Grand Marais after midnight.

May 12: It was a morning low of 32 this morning in Croftville but we are in southern Minnesota watching a college track meet at Carleton College in Northfield. It was cool in southern Minnesota as well but not to the same extent. It is amazing to see all the trees leafed out already. No trees are even budding in Croftville yet. By the time we got to Duluth some of the aspens were just beginning to leaf out.

May 11: It was only 30 degrees this morning in Croftville. We have blue skies with some wispy cirrus clouds. Lake Superior has a faint blue textured surface. The rain from the last couple days are having an immediate effect on the grass turning lawns green. The dogwoods are finally budding but are behind the gooseberries and the pussy willows.

May 10: Clear blue skies have returned over Lake Superior. There are strong gusty winds this morning. Lake Superior is a deep blue with 1ft waves from the south and sprakling reflections of the sun off the crests. It is cold with only 46 degrees at noon after a morning low of 37.

May 9: It was raining when we got up and kept moderately raining until the late afternoon. The lake has 2-3ft gray waves from the SSE. At times the visibility out on the lake was limited to a couple miles and the horizon was not visible all day long. It was a cold rain. We did not see temps get past the mid 40's.

May 8: Fog began to form out over the lake this morning. Before long is was enveloping the shore. By mid afternoon the rain started. Visibility out on the lake was quite limited msot of the day. Our high was 51 after a mornign low of 39.

May 7: There is evidence of small ice chunks about 100 yards off shore this morning. With the water so cold, it can still form ice during the night if the surface is still enough. It is funny to think that the air temp might be above freezing and the big lake can still form ice. We had 37 this morning outside the inn and it was probably a few degrees cooler down on the water. Lake Superior has just ripples for waves from the south, just enough to hear the water sloshing against the rocks. I also noticed that the gooseberries are starting to leaf out as signs of spring are showing up.

May 6: The lake once again had this haze that started forming over it in the morning and then never completely burned off turning our afternoon cooler than midday. Our high around noon was 57 with the morning low of 42. Lake Superior was mostly calm and pale blue. A small breeze coming off the lake woke you up to just how cold that big body of water is.

May 5: It started warm this morning. There were ducks and loons swimming around the calm Lake Superior. We cold see all the rocks on the lake bed. It was in the 50's by 8am and the 60's by 10am and then things started cooling off. The first thing we noticed was a haze and then a fog over the lake. As the fog grew the temperature began to fall back into the low 50's where it stayed all afternoon.

May 4: It was a remarkable day today temperature-wise. We began at 33 and we had a high of 74. Just 3 days ago we had our first 60 degree day and now we have had our first 70 degree day. For next to lake, 74 is a warm summer day here in Croftville. It was so nice to be outside in short sleeves and gazing out at the blue lake refelecting a partly cloudy sky.

May 3: Again we had a morning low of 33 and at 3pm it looks like we will just be just short of 50 degrees for today. Now that Teresa is watching for them she is seeing lots of loons out on Lake Superior. We had some rain sprinkles this morning to go along with the overcast skies but the sprinkles ended and the skies opened up to partly cloudy skies. Lake Superior is a silver blue with navy shadows on its textured surface.

May 2: Teresa counted 20 loons in front of our place on Lake Superior today all grouped pretty close together. This is pretty unusual but understandable. Most to all of the inland lakes that the loons call home for the summer are still iced up. As they come north the only open body of water they can land and take off from right now is Lake Superior. I suspect that as ice goes out of the inland lakes the usually solitary loons will leave Lake Superior to enjoy their more private accomodations. The low this morning was 33 and the high was 50. We had overcast skies and almost a fog for most of the day with visibility limted to a half mile or so out on the lake.

May 1: Today was our first 60 degree day since October. It was 66 after a morning low of 39 this morning. The rain never came as predicted and the lightly overcast skies were clear by noon. The strong warm wind made you conscious about standing outside. The gusts could knock you off your feet if you were not paying attention. Lake Superior stayed surprising calm with just 6" to 1 foot roller waves from the south and a blue textured surface.

April
2018

Apr 30: April closes with an overcast day and occasional light rain. The big lake is mostly still and a pale grayish blue. It is good to smell the rain, it is so different from the feel of frozen precipitation. Our low this morning was 44 and with the overcast skies I suspect our temps will stay in the upper 40's all day long.

Apr 29: Lake Superior was perfectly still this morning. You could see every rock on the lake bed for more than 100ft out. The moon last night was nearly full and lit up the lake. After a morning low if 26 we skyrocketed to 50 in the late afternoon.

Apr 28: Croftville had a low of 30 and a high of 47 today. Skies were clear. Lake Superior had 6" pale blue waves from the SE. It now feels like spring with a few winter days mixed in here and there rather than the other way around.

Apr 27: And just like that it feels as winter has returned. The morning low was 34 and there were snow flurries when I got up. The high was a whopping 39 today and it is supposed to be cold again tonight and then the warmth is coming back tomorrow. I heard that Two Harbors got 3-7 inches of snow today. I am thankful it missed us. My daughter thought it would rain today but that never happened either. She missed our first brief rain yesterday and is still waiting for the her first rain since last October or November.

Apr 26: And the warmest day of the year is back. Today we hit 58 in Croftville. Lake Superior has small silver and blue waves from the SSW. Skies are partly cloudy and for a few moments today we had rain. I think the last time it rained was in October or early November. It was a neat feeling, even though brief, to have rain come down instead of snow, ice, or sleet. Last night we had our fox back barking at our cat. I think he was being playful but our cat did not seem to be in a playful mood. He ran off when I came out to see if she was all right.

Apr 25: It was a bit colder this morning at 30. However, the skies are clear and the sun is warming things up. Lake Superior only has ripples on the surface. It is a silver blue near the shore followed by a band of almost white and the changing to a dark band of periwinkle near the horizon. The crisp horizon line turns into a white sky. There are lots of ducks swimming along the shore this morning. Two of them were determined to go in different directions than the rest of the pack.

Apr 24: Wow! 55 degrees today here by the lake. Lake Superior is still mostly calm, pale blue, and with just ripples on the surface. We did have overcast skies during midday but skies cleared in the midafternoon. The snow continues to recede. Peole are telling me that the cascading rivers and the waterfalls are becoming spectacular with the melting snow.

Apr 23: After days and days of a completely still Lake Superior this afternoon we can start to hear the rustling of the water against the shore. Lake Superior is still mostly still and a pale blue but there is a little movement. Last night I saw the most remarkable sight. The moon had already set and the stars were reflecting off the completely still lake. You could see the star reflections dotting the surface of the lake. Last night we had 31 degrees and this afternoon we are all the way up to 53, the warmest temperature we have seen by the lake this spring.

Apr 22: It is another glassy still day on Lake Superior. We have a pale blue lake that turns to a light purple on the horizon line. Skies are clear but have a slight haze that slightly obscures the sun even though we have distinct shadow lines. It got down to 31 this morning and looks like we will once again be close to 50 a little later this afternoon. The lake is still cold enough to quickly form sheets of thin ice when the water is still like today. The loss of snow here along the shore is now quite noticable.

Apr 21: What a gorgeous spring day. We woke up to 32 degrees, a still Lake Superior, and huge sheets of thin ice that had formed overnight. By this afternoon we were flirting with 50 degrees, sun, and clear blue skies. Lake Superior has been a flat pale blue all day long.

Apr 20: Lake Superior was completely still this morning. Every rock on the lake bed could be seen for 100ft from shore. Even though the morning low was only 34, there was visible thin ice sheets that had formed on the still surface. Skies are lightly overcast with the sun burning through the light fog. It hit 51 late yesterday afternoon and it looks like we will get close to 50 still today. Right now it is 45 at 2pm.

Apr 19: It is 40 degrees at 11am with blue skies and sun. I bet we will hit 50 today. Lake Superior is a silver blue with navy shadows and small waves from the SSW. Most of our snow on the southern sides of buildings is now gone but there are still huge piles on the north sides and in the woods.

Apr 18: We had a morning low of 23 and an afternoon high of 48. I can't recall the last time it got near 50 but I bet it hasn't been this warm since last fall. The sun is now so high in the sky that even winter air masses can't stop it from warming things up if skies are clear. Lake Superior was a deep blue and we saw sevral freighters passing by both during the night and the day. Some were close in and others out near the horizon. With better weather on the way we may begin to see less of the ore freighters as they choose a more southerly route across Lake Superior. Southern Minnesota had another winter storm pass through today so it was nothern Minnesota with the sun and warm temps.

Apr 17: The snow came back late yesterday afternoon and we got another 1/2" accumulation. Temps are warming up today quickly and we should see the upper 30's or even low 40's today. Skies are partly cloudy and Lake Superior is a subdued blue gray.

Apr 16: The snow is done. We ended up with 2-3inches in total accumulation. Warm temps predicted beginning tomorrow should make this snow go away. In the meantime, it is not enough to get me to shovel. We will live with the white for today. Right now it is 22 with a high expected around 32. Lake Superior is gray with 2-3ft roller waves from the SE.

Apr 15: It snowed through the night and snowed all day long. Not much accumulation, maybe 2-3 inches of snow all day. The winds are impressive making the snow move mostly horizontal. The winds have also churned up the SE waves. Waves are a greenish gray and 5-7ft as they smash the shore.

Apr 14: Most of Minnesota has been in blizzard conditions today but for us in the arrowhead snow did not begin until late afternoon. The waves on Lake Superior have been impressive from the SE. I would say 4-6ft greenish waves most of the day against the gray overcast skies.

Apr 13: The winds are expected to pick up this afternoon and are the waves. Right now we have overcast skies and 3-5ft greenish gray waves from the SE.

Apr 12: The cold is back after a high of 48 yesterday. It doesn't look like we will see freezing today. Skies are a white overcast and Lake Superior has large 3-4ft waves from the SSE and SE. The warm temps yesterday melted the last of the winter snow pack on the cottage roofs.

Apr 11: Happy Birthday Joey and Greg. Our son is 22 years old today. Lake Superior is a bright blue with 1-2ft waves from the south against a white horizon line. Overhead are blue skies with white puffy cumulus clouds dotting the sky. We began the day at 28 and a dusting of fresh snow and will peak out in the mid 40's this afternoon.

Apr 10: It stayed pretty warm last night getting down only to 30 degrees. Skies are clear but seem to be a bit hazy. Lake Superior has long 1ft roller waves from the south. The surface is textured and a bluish gray against a white horizon.

Apr 9: It felt like spring outside today for the first time since the vernal equinox. There was a high 43 after a low of 20 in the morning. There is lots of sun and a brilliant blue textured lake to gaze upon.

Apr 8: All of the state of Minnesota is getting snow today except here in the Northeast. The cold continues with a low this morning of 14. The bright sun in clear skies warmed things up here by the lake to 38. Lake Superior has a highly textured blue, silver, and navy surface without any noticable wavefronts. I know it is spring but winter is still playing its trcks on us.

Apr 7: The low this morning is once again 12. Lake Superior is a silver blue with navy shadows with 1-2ft waves from the south. We have clear blue skies this morning and a white horizon against the brilliant blue lake. With all the sun I can't help but believe that temps should rise up to freezing.

Apr 6: The wind off the hill and onto the lake was relentless today. It was so strong that it blew all our placards off the sign and into the road. I hadn't seen that before. Watching these powerful gusts of wind hit the surface of the lake and then fragment over the surface was entertaining. It was also quite cold with a morning low of 12. Skies were partly cloudy and the bracing wind finally subsided un the evening.

Apr 5: It was a cold day. Morning low was 14 and the afternoon high was only 22. It is spring, right? Lake Superior was mostly calm and a brilliant blue with sunny skies.

Apr 4: We had a low of 20 and a high of 37 today. There was plenty of sun but it takes so long to warm up. We watched several ore freighters pass by in the night and during the day. Most of the freighters are taking the more northerly route so we get to see most of them.

Apr 3: We had a low this morning of 20 and a high of 29. There were snow flurries up here on the Arrowhead while most of the rest of the state is engulfed in a spring snowstorm. Lightly ovecast skies kept the big lake gray with 1-2ft roller waves from the SE.

Apr 2: A little warmer this morning but a little cooler this afternoon compared to yesterday. Looks like we will just barely reach freezing today with the overcast and mildly gray skies. Lake Superior si subdued and gray against a white horizon line.

Apr 1: We welcome April and Easter with a strong wind, cooler than normal temps, and sunny blue skies. Our low this morning was 11 with an afternoon high of 35. The wind was strong enough at times to knock you off your feet. It was engaging watching the whitecaps curl over on themselves with the deep blue waves from the SSW.

March
2018

Mar 31: It is another cold spring day with clear blue skies, lots of sun, a brisk breeze, and a shimmering deep blue lake. The morning low was 16 and we will end up with a high only in the mid to upper 20's today. Light snow passed through last night obscuring the almost full moon. However, this morning was little more than a dusting of accumulation.

Mar 30: Got down to 14 this morning and it doesn't appear we will get past 25 today in spite of the clear blue skies. Lake Superior has 1-2ft steel blue waves from the SSW with blinding reflections off the lake surface.

Mar 29: We had a low this morning of 28 and a high of 41 today. Most of the ice chunks are completely gone today except a handful of chunks right next to the shore. It is strange for the ice to disappear when the lake has been so calm. I always think it requires wave action to change the face of this big lake but more subtle forces can have just as large an effect.

Mar 28: The ice jam started pulling away from shore during the evening. By morning it looked like the arctic sea with chunks of thick ice from the size of a softball diamond down to small thick chunks were spread out as far as you could see. All this movement and yet no discernable wave action moving this ice around. By late afternoon we saw the first bit of small waves undulating through the ice and water. The high this afternoon was 44 after a low this morning of 30.

Mar 27: We woke up to 3" of wet slushy snow. It was pretty wet considering that our low this morning was 33 degrees. Our high this afternoon was 43 and the sun dispensed with all the fresh snow without me even picking up a snow shovel. Thank you sun! There is an ice jam for about the first half mile from shore. The fresh snow really makes it stand out from the open water further out.

Mar 26: I woke up to even more ice pushed against the shore. Open water this morning is about a half mile out. Skies are lightly overcast and the light snow they have been predicting all day finally began to drop about 8pm. The high today was 37 and it is still 33 at 9pm.

Mar 25: Happy Palm Sunday! There is lots of sun today and temps warmed up to 38. It was a beautiful day as we watched remnant of thicker ice flows wash into the shore. The ice locked together and appears to begin freezing together for about the first quarter mile from shore. One remnant after another added to the ice that is accumulating along the shore.

Mar 24: We got up early to go to a track meet in Superior, Wisconsin this morning. It was fun driving down the shore as the sun came up in reds and oranges behind us. The morning temp was 23 and it never warmed up much above freezing today. There was plenty of sun but it was offset by a very cold and chilling wind. There was not much ice on the Lake as we approached Duluth. I was expecting more after hearing the trouble the fist ore freighters had a couple days ago.

Mar 23: The morning started with a calm and silent lake. However, it was clear after sunrise that there were sheets of thin ice heading for the shore slowly. Next the krinkling sound of ice breaking and the pieces stacking up on shore began. That noise became quite loud at times. Then another round of ice came toward shore just as 1-2ft waves began. Before long the lake near the shore was an ice slurry going up and down in the waves. Our low this morning was was 19 once again and our high once again 41 with plenty of sun.

Mar 22: Lake Superior was calm all day today. It was pure glass this morning. Thin ice sheets flowed in this afternoon and there were patches of ice and patches of open water again by evening. The orange sunrise was surrounded by low hanging purple cloud cover at the horizon. I was told it was below zero up the hill this morning but we had a low of 19 here along the shore. The sun warmed things up to 41 this afternoon.

Mar 21: It may now be spring but the weather conditions continue as they have for the last week. We had an overnight low of 21 and the high is heading to right around freezing this afternoon. We have partly cloudy skies with plenty of sun. Lake Superior has silver gray 1-2ft waves from the SE. The first freighter leaving Duluth harbor for the season yesterday got trapped by ice before it got to Two Harbors. In spite of this, there is no ice to be seen here out on the big lake.

Mar 20: There was a reddish orange sunrise this morning in the east. The rest of the sky is slightly overcast but not overcast enough to stop the sun from casting a shadow. Lake Superior is a light blue green with 1-2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE. Our morning low was 19 and we are up to 25 at noon. The sun is strong enough to soften and melt the snow even if we do not get an air temp up to freezing.

Mar 19: We have overcast skies moving in from the west turning from purple to gray this morning. We had an orange sunrise in the east. Lake Superior has 2-3ft greenish waves from the SE. Overnight lows were in the teens and temps have climbed into the upper 20's by noon.

Mar 18: Lake Superior looked like liquid metal today. There were 2-4ft waves from the SSW with isolated whitecaps. The color of the water was a bluish black against the sky blue skies. Our low this morning was in the lower 20's and the afternoon high was in the upper 30's.

Mar 17: What a gorgeous almost spring day. We had a high of 43 and lots of melting after the overnight lows in the teens and the refreezing of yesterday's melting snow. Things cooled off quickly near sunset. Lake Superior was mostly calm today with small waves from the SE and patches of ice that could be seen this morning.

Mar 16: The clear skies allowed temps to plummet down to 14 overnight but we have clear skies still and temps are rising quickly once again. Lake Superior is still. The areas of open water are a pale blue. The area of broken ice have a rough surface and are a much darker navy blue. There was a beautiful orabge sunrise over the lake.

Mar 15: The big lake was a dark blue and almost metallic looking this afternoon. We have small waves from the south and clear blue skies all day. It really cooled off last night for a morning low of 14 but the bright sun took over with an afternoon high of 44 degrees. The snow continues to melt down here next to the lake but the runoff water continues to refreeze each evening.

Mar 14: Gitche Gumi has 3ft smooth roller waves from the south this morning. The surface is a silver blue with deep blue shadows. There are clear blue skies and after a low this morning of 19 it is quickly warming up. We will probably be in the 40's this afternoon.

Mar 13: There was a low of 22 and a high of 33 today. Skies were partly cloudy and at times overcast. Lake Superior was a blusih gray with patches of thin ice this morning which disappeared when 1-2ft waves picked up in the afternoon. By sunset, the big lake had 2-3ft roller waves from the SSE.

Mar 12: There was a low of 21 and a high of 41 today. The warm weather and sun felt so good. The ice disappeared this morning and we were left with a blue lake and 2ft waves from the SE. The ground was soggy with melting snow runoff.

Mar 11: Lake Superior is a deep blue away from the shore. Near the shore for the first half mile we have a lighter bluish gray sheet of thin ice with patches of open water. It was fun watching the sun coming up and ghradually replace the crescent moon as the brightest light source in the sky. Our morning temp is 20 degrees. We have clear blue skies except for a purple cloud mass to the west.

Mar 10: After beginning with 20 degrees this morning we shot up to 38 this afternoon. Plenty of sun and lots of blue skies. In spite of the warm temps, the lake maintained a thin ice sheet near the shore. With the lake cooled down to freezing and in the absence of wind and waves, it doesn't take much to mainitain an ice sheet near the shore.

Mar 9: There were overcast skies most of the day. Our low was 16 and our high 34. Lake Superior had a mostly in tact thin ice sheet for at least the first mile out from shore this today. There were patches of open water and in some cases it looked like there was a thin layer of water sitting on top of the ice. next to the shore there are thick chunks of ice imbedded in the thin ice sheets.

Mar 8: We had a low of 14 and a high of 33 today. Lake Superior had a glass smooth surface this morning with chunks of ice interspersed and sticking out of the water. I thought the surface might have a thin layer of ice on it but most of the glass surface was just still water.

Mar 7: The waves picked up yesterday afternoon and the lake looked like liquid silver. Eventually, the ice shelf that we had seen a ways out came into the shore and was broken chunks of thick ice. This morning all but the largest chunks are gone but the lake for the first mile is like glass with a fresh coat of thin ice. Overhead we have partly cloudy skies and our low this morning is a chilly 13 degrees.

Mar 6: There are small ice chunks that are moving in our 1-2ft blue waves from the SE this morning. There is also a white ice shelf sitting about a quarter mile from shore and perhaps a couple hundred yards deep. The morning low was 21 and in spite of the sun, things are not warming up much yet with 24 degrees at noon.

Mar 5: It got windy overnight. Our morning low was 31. There was a brilliant red moonrise last night followed by a brilliant red sunrise this morning before the sun rose behind a cloudbank. It looks like the lightly overcast skies will soon burn off. Lake Superior is a deep blue with dark olive shadows and 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Mar 4: Skies were lightly overcast today with the big lake having a blue gray surface and small 1-2ft waves coming in straight from the SSE. Our morning low was 28 and our high was 34 degrees. Looks like we will mostly miss the winter storm that most the rest of Minnesota will see moving in tohight.

Mar 3: It was a snow melting day here in Croftville with an afternoon high of 40 and plenty of sun. Melted water ran into my canvas shed combining with the sawdust to create about a 4" deep slurry with the consistency of oatmeal as we tried to build our fireplace mantels. Lake Superior was a dazzling blue with small waves from the south.

Mar 2: There was plenty of sun, plenty of melting snow, and a high in the upper 30's today. Lake Superior had small 1ft grayish blue waves today.

Mar 1: We welcomed March with an ovecast sky. The sun tried to get out but didn't succeed. However, the nearly full moon finally pushed the clouds out of its way and shone brightly in the night sky. Our high was only 33 after a low of 22. We watched shelves and patches of ice move in and out from the shore yesterday. The lake was mostly calm with a textured surface anywhere where the ice was not.

February
2018

Feb 28: It was another stunning sunny day. We had a high of 40 with a low of 26. The big lake was a bright blue with navy shadows on its textured surface. There was no visible sign of ice today. The sun was busy trying to melt all the new snow from last week. It made some progress on the roofs and roadways.

Feb 27: It was a beautiful sunny day in Croftville. Lake Superior had a blue textured surface with navy shadows. What I think is an ice shelf can be seen several miles out near the horizon. Our low was 25 this morning with the high a whopping 40 degrees. You could really feel the strength and warmth of the sun as it climbs higher and higher into the sky.

Feb 26: We had a low this morning of 16 but it has warmed up to 31 by noon. I spent the morning finishing the snow removal. This afternoon I am going to relax and watch the lake. Right now it is a greenish gray with 2ft waves from the SSW. Overhead there are dark clouds but on the other side of the lake it must be clear because the horizon is light and bright. Maybe that sunshine will make it our way.

Feb 25: The snow started coming down in buckets just after 10pm. It snowed heavy all night finally letting up about 7am. When all done we had 12" of fresh, fluffy, and heavy snow. The snowplows came through just after 6am burying our driveways and the vehicles in them. As my grampa would say, "Wow, wow, wow, there is snow everywhere." It was back breaking work to get some of it cleared. The rest will have to wait for tomorrow. The sun tried to come out several times but it was still enough to get the temps up to 34 degrees. This made our task in the afternoon even harder when the snow began to stick to the shovels. Lake Superior started the day still and dark but winds picked up late in the morning generating 3-4ft waves by nightfall that had broken up all the ice.

Feb 24: There was a morning low of 15 and an afternoon high of 30. The lake was glass almost all day long. There were patches of ice in the still water that sometimes would krinkle as they pushed into the shore. Blue skies this morning made it an amazing morning to be outdoors. Cloud cover started forming around 1pm and then got darker and lower in the sky. After dark the waves started picking up. They are telling us that we should have heavy snow all night but so far at 10pm there is no snow yet.

Feb 23: We woke up to 4" of fresh snow and by the time it stopped around 10am we had added another 2". Shoveled all morning and finished by 2pm thanks to help from my wife and my brother-in-law. Now we are ready for the next round which is to begin tomorrow night. The sun almost poked out its head a couple times this afternoon but never quite made it. We did see patches of blue sky. Lake Superior is still today and we watched patches of ice move in and out from the shore throught the dark blue and almost black water. We started the day at 24 and peaked out at 38 this afternoon.

Feb 22: Things really cooled aff last night with temps dropping to 3 degrees here along the shore. There are signs of ice patches on the lake this morning with a dark gray almost black surface against the clear blue skies. The sun is now just too strong and high in the sky to be ignored anymore, it warmed the air to the lower 30's this aftrenoon. There is talke of another heavy snowfall tonight. My back hopes it is only just talk.

Feb 21: It was a beautiful day outside today with clear blue skies and a bright blue Lake Superior with 1-2ft waves. We had teens in the morning and mid 20's in the afternoon.

Feb 20: It is snowing again this morning. They are saying we should only get an inch of accumulation but I think we already have an inch and it doesn't show any signs of stopping. After shoveling out all day yesterday it is disheartening to see new snow covering up all that back breaking work. It is 10 degrees this morning. Lake Superior has a textured blue gray surface with 1-2ft waves from the SSE.

Feb 19: It was 8 degrees this morning and we had a 14 degree afternoon high. The order of the day was shoveling out. Gusty winds in the morning gave you a face full of snow if you released your shovel's contents at the wrong time in the wrong direction. The snow plows didn't come down Croftville Road until 6:30am. We had 4 guests checking out, so the first order of business was shoveling them out. Even with the help of my daughter and with a 1 hour shoveling session last night, it still took all day to clear out the huge amount of new snow. Lake Superior had 2-3ft blue green waves from the south.

Feb 18: It began snowing during Sunday Morning worship. It snowed hard all day long and finally tapered off around 7pm. When it ended I would say we had 8-10 new inches blanketing the ground and the old snow cover. It was coming down so hard that it made no sense to go out and start shoveling. Instead we just enjoyed the snowstorm and warmed ourselves by the fireplace. The fresh blanket of snow gives you a sense of cleaness over the landscape. Lake Superior was gray with 3-4ft waves from the SSW. Temps for the day stayed in the teens.

Feb 17: It was another cold day with a low of 1 below and a high of 20. Lake Superior was loud and the wind was loud and sometimes whistled through the double-hung windows. Lake Superior had 3-5ft waves and whitecaps from the SSW.

Feb 16: It was cold again this morning. We started at 2 below and then temps rose gradually through the day reaching 20 by nightfall. There is a brisk wind and waves grew all day on Superior. By the afternoon the lake was blue green with whitecaps and 3-5ft waves.

Feb 15: Skies are a gray overcast. A dusting of snow fell overnight. The temperature this morning is 31. Lake Superior is mostly calm and a greenish gray. I can see patches of ice floating just beneath the surface. They must have broke off from a larger sheet of ice further out. They say that the 31 degrees wil be our high for the day as temperatures drop all day long.

Feb 14: We had a low of 24 and a high of 37 down next to Lake Superior today. There was plenty of sun and the lake had 2-3ft silver and blue waves from the SSW. There was a purple cloud mass over the lake at sunrise. This blocked the sun for awhile. When the sun finally pooped through a break in these clouds it was a brilliant orange red and reflected this light off the crests of the waves.

Feb 13: The below zero morning streak ended this morning. It was 3 degrees when I went to bed last night and I thought here we go again. But to my surprise, temps gradually rose overnight and it was 14 when I got up. Then the temps kept rising with 20 degrees by noon and now 29 degrees at 9pm. And all of this happened with no sun and a light dusting of snow throughout the day. Lake Superior had 1-2ft blue green waves from the SSW this morning but the strong winds today kept growing those waves and by sunset we had 3-5ft blue green waves with whitecaps everywhere. Our wind chimes are still clanging and the waves in the black night are roaring.

Feb 12: The below zero streak is still intact with 3 below this morning. The waning crescent moon rose late this morning at about 4am. We could tell by the stars that we are going to have clear skies and that is what we have. Lake Superior has 1-2ft greenish blue waves with navy shadows from the SSW.

Feb 11: Skies are overcast this morning. We have light snow coming down with less than an inch accumulation by the time it quits around noon. I can see the white sheet of ice out on the lake maybe a mile out, however, locser to shore we have open water with small waves rom the SE. The low this morning is still 2 below. Our afternoon high eecked up to 13 above but with the humidity it felt cold outside.

Feb 10: It was another cold morning in a string of below zero mornings that seems to have gone on now for 2 weeks. Our low was 3 below but the higher brighter sun managed to get us up to 21 this afternoon. Could our cold streak be coming to an end? Lake Superior was still today and you can see patches of ice on the flat surface of the lake. The ice sometimes gets pushed toward shore and the next time you look it is receding. I can see a white line near the horizon which usually is an indication of a large ice sheet out on the lake.

Feb 9: Lake Superior is still this morning. I can see the white ice out about a mile from the shore. Closer in, we have open water with patches of sheet ice and patches of broken up ice cubes. The patches of thin sheet ice are calm and like glass. The patches of broken ice look highly textured with the sun reflecting off the small ice chunks. It is cold again with 4 below as the sun is coming up in clear blue skies.

Feb 8: Yikes, all the way down to 11 below last night as our cold continues. The clear blue skies and the sun now higher in the sky let things warm up to 18 degrees before the sun setting set temps plummeting once again. Superior was still in spite of a bracing early morning wind. You can see solid ice out away from the shore but for the first half mile there are just patches of thin ice in the open water.

Feb 7: Only 4 below this morning. This cold continues to persist. We have clear blue skies. Lake Superior is still but the textured surface and blotches of smooth surface help us denote where the ice is forming on the lake. I am surprised there is not more ice out there when you combine the stillness, the cold, and the lake temperature.

Feb 6: The cold refuses to let go. It was back to 11 below this morning and an afternoon high of only 6 degrees here along the lake. Gitche Gumi is still and we could see ice forming in the morning. However, in spite of the stillness the ice disappeared in the afternoon. There was plenty of sun which makes it surprising that it didn't get warmer than 6. It must be a really cold air mass over us.

Feb 5: It is a little warmer this morning with a 1 below low. The big lake is a blue gray with 1ft waves from the south. No ice can bee seen this morning. Skies are a gray overcast. Last night in bed I watched the waning yellow moon rise up over the horizon and into the sky.

Feb 4: The cold continues. 10 below this morning and 5 above this afternoon. The lake is still and you can see the steam whirlwinds rising off the surface. You could see ice patches forming but the patches were pulled away from the shore and by noon they had been pulled so far out that all you could see was open water. There must be a good amount of ice on lake. The large dark cloud mass that normally forms over the lake in the severe cold is smaller than normal. My guess is that the more ice means less suface area for the steam to rise up making the cloud smaller.

Feb 3: It was cold again with 8 below this morning and a high of about 6 here by the lake. Small waves from the SE dissipated in the afternoon. The still lake began the process of freezing and then a shelf of thin ice came in to shore. Light snow during today left enough of a dusting on the ice to make it clearly seen.

Feb 2: It was cold. The lake was calm. Some ice began forming on the lake but then waves picked up and dissipated the ice. Our low this morning was 8 below and our high this afternoon was 8 above.

Feb 1: We had 5 below this morning. Clear blue skies helped lift the temps up into the single digits above for the afternoon highs. Strong gusts of wind can almost knock you off your feet making the wind chills quite severe. Lake Superior was blue with deep blue highlights. The 1-2ft waves from the SSW so far are preventing ice formation.

January
2018

Jan 31: The morning temp was 24 which gradually decreased through the day. During the night I began to see a dark band out on the lake past the white surface of ice with freshly fallen snow on it. At about 2am I could tell the band was getting closer and realized that it was waves on the lake breaking away at the ice. Soon I could hear the sounds of the breaking ice and then at 4am the waves broke up all the ice and were htting the shore. At 7am the waves had pulled the ice away from shore leaving about a 100ft band of clear water next to the shore. Gradually the waves kept pulling the ice out further and further. By noon no ice was visible anymore from shore. The winds last night really drifted up the 4" of fresh snow from yesterday. It took all morning to shovel out the drifts around the resort. Winds and colder temps greeted the afternoon.

Jan 30: It was 5 below this morning and has warmed up slowly as light snow has began. We are at 13 degrees at noon. We woke up to a still and now mostly frozen lake. The thin sheets of ice are gradually filling in the open water. As the sheets shift they pile on top of each other and push against and up onto the shore. The sound of the shifting ice is a welcome sound we didn't get to hear last winter.

Jan 29: Traveling back to Lake Superior we saw the temps hover from 7-10 degrees between Minneapolis and Duluth. Coming down into Duluth temps went up hovering between 11-15 degrees between Duluth and Grand Marais. The lake looked cold. The surface was still and you could see that cie was beginning to form. I will bet that by morning we will have ice as far as we can see unless the winds pick up.

Jan 28: I miss the lake and the inn today but had such a good time watching my son sing for his last time in the O-tones. The O-tones bill themselves as America's fastest men choir. They are made up entirely of members of the men's Saint Olaf cross country team. They meet only during January term and culminate their practices with a 20 minute concert for friends and family. As a senior, this was my son's final concert.

Jan 27: We headed to the cities today. We stopped in Saint Paul at Rice Park to see this year's ice palace. It was fun and the first my daughter has ever seen. So, so many people. Maybe the ice palace idea is something that may be better suited to a more northern city, I think the days of ice castles being practical in Saint Paul may be coming to a close. Lake Superior was blue today with 2ft waves from the south as we headed down the shore.

Jan 26: It has warmed up overnight waking up to 32 degrees this morning. Skies are a medium gray overcast except at the horizon where it is a pale blue. Lake Superior has greenish gray 2-3ft waves from the SE this morning.

Jan 25: Gitche Gumi is a dark gray with a textured surface and small 6" waves from the SSE. Skies overhead are overcast and temps today in Croftville are in the teens and 20's.

Jan 24: The low bottomed out at 12 degrees last night and then began gradually warming. Most of the day, we were in the 20's with overcast skies. Some light snow cames down, not so much snowflakes, but rather small white snow pellets. Our total accumulation for the day was less than an inch. The big lake was gray and mostly calm.

Jan 23: We had a low of 15 this morning and a high of 27 this afternoon. It is cooling down quickly tonight already at 12 degrees at 9pm. There was sun today obscured ever so slightly by a light overcast. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue and mostly calm with ripples from the SE.

Jan 22: We started the day at 25 and finished the day at 15. Waves grew out on Superior ending up with 3-4ft waves from the SE. The wind also picked up as the day went on and is quite blustery tonight. But the biggest news today is that we had 0 precipitation as the storm we expected a few days ago turned further south leaving places like Faribault, my hometown with 15-18" of wet sticky snow.

Jan 21: Hovering right around freezing today, it was a gray day. The lake was still and quiet. The gray surface mimicked the gray overcast sky. No wind made it even quieter outdoors.

Jan 20: What a day with a high of 41 and a low of 33. Our snow cover is distinctly soft as this thaw is now into its third day. The overcast skies gradually changed to heavy fog later in the day. Lake Superior had small 1ft gray waves from the SSW.

Jan 19: It is overcast and dark this morning. Lake Superior has 1-2ft blue gray waves from the SSW. We woke up to 31 degrees this morning finding out it didn't really cool off last night at all.

Jan 18: It was a warm day with a high of 35 and a low this morning of 22. The waves were a bit more subdued than the enormous waves from yesterday. We only had 2-3ft waves from the oblique angle of the SW today.

Jan 17: The last ore freighter of the season passed by today for its winter home in Duluth. We will miss them and look forward to seeing again in late March or April again once the locks are open. It was a spectacular day to watch the waves on Superior. They boomed and crashed as they hit the shore. The 5-7ft steel blue waves with whitecaps and black shadows were mesmerizing. We briefly had a thaw today as the temp hit 32 after spending most the day in the 20's.

Jan 16: It is 5 above this morning. The unusual thing is that the cloud mass over the lake, that we usually associate with subzero temps, is there as well as the little steam whirlwinds rising off the water. Elsewhere we have very lightly overcast skies, not heavy enough to stop the sun. No snow today which means no shoveling. Yeah!

Jan 15: We started at 3 above and had a high of 23 today. By most accounts, it appears that Grand Marais down by Lake Superior was the warm spot in the state today. It was much warmer than the Twin Cities. Lake Superior had dark blue 3ft waves from the south with a good amount of sun. At times the wind would pick up, particularly in the evening. We woke up to snow, perhaps another 2" of fresh snow that was done by 11am.

Jan 14: It was 9 below early this morning by the lake but has been steadily rising all day. It is now 15 degrees at 9pm. Snow has been coming down on and off all day. We have accumulated about 3 inches of fresh snow but it is hard to tell with the wind off the lake blowing and drifting the snow. Lake Superior has 3ft translucent blue waves from the south.

Jan 13: It was 8 below this morning but eventually rose to 3 above before dropping back into the subzero realm. I finished the shoveling I never got done yesterday. There is a huge difference between shoveling at 9 below and shoveling at 3 above. The same difference there is between 32 degrees and 44 degrees. There was ice forming out on the lake this morning. The lake was calm enough and the subzero temps made it possible. Croftville Road is a white winter wonderland.

Jan 12: It was 9 below this morning, the winds had finally quit blowing, the snow plows had went by, and I had to shovel snow. It was nasty cold. You can see the dark cloud mass forming over the lake and the steam whirlwinds rising up off the surface. The high for the day was 3 below.

Jan 11: I woke up to 34 degrees and rain this morning that quickly transitioned into snow, plummeting temperautres, and high winds. By 10am we had 2" of fresh snow and temps already down to 15 degrees. The wind off the hill is moving the snow horizontally in blizzard fashion. Lake Superior is a metal gray and still. You can watch the gusts of wind move out over the lake.

Jan 10: It was a damp warm day here in Croftville. We had a high of 37 and a low of 34 with overcast skies and a mist coming down most of the day and turned into light rain tonight. Lake Superior had just small waves from the SE on a gray surface that seamlessly transitioned into a white sky at the horizon.

Jan 9: I watched two ore freighters passing by from my bed last night. I have become so accustomed to seeing them regularly that I will miss them when the locks close I believe next week. Skies are lightly overcast this morning. Lake Superior has only ripples this morning with a pale blue surface and silver reflectons. I went out expecting temps in the teens this morning only to find it was 6 degrees. I guess I will wait for the sun to warm things up a bit before I start my table saw.

Jan 8: It was a beautiful day today with a morning temp of 15 and an afternoon high of 29. We saw 3 ore freighters pass by Croftville this afternoon. Lake Superior had 3-4ft deep blue waves with a few whitecaps from the SE today. They say our January thaw is coming in just 2 days here on the north shore.

Jan 7: What a difference a couple days can make. We woke up to 18 degrees this morning and had a high of 27 this afternoon. Snow overnight, maybe 3 inches, started blowing and drifting into the strong overnight winds. I spent most of the morning and early afternoon shoveling and sweeping driveways, walkways, and porches. When I finally finished the power went out for 8 hours. Since the sun was setting about this time it meant and evening of candlelight and light from the fire.

Jan 6: What a strange day for temperatures. We started the day at 17 below and ended the day at 17 above. Lake Superior was as still as glass this morning. It was mostly open water but there were patches of broken up ice that gave the appearance of a rough textured surface. As the day went on the sun turned to clouds and then light snow. The lake began to churn up waves and the wind started to strongly blow off the lake.

Jan 5: We have a still Lake Superior this sunny morning. There are patches of ice as far as I can see. The dark cloud mass out over the lake is still there with steam rising off the surface and into the cloud. We once again had 14 below this morning and in spite of the bright sun, things are not warming up very quickly. They are forecasting warmer temps begining tomorrow, in the meantime, our sunzero days and nights continue.

Jan 4: It was 14 below this morning and an afternoon high of 6 before starting the descent back into below zero temps. The sun feels good but it just stays so brutally cold. Lake Superior was pretty calm today and a smooth dark blue. We can also see ice forming on the lake. It makes the lake look sort of glittery with the sunlight reflecting off the small ice fragments forming on the lake.

Jan 3: The waves shifted from the SSW to the SE over the night and gradually dissipated. The nearly full moon lit up the lake and everything else in Croftville with the light reflecting off the lake and the snow. This morning I could see that the cloud mass out over the lake had began to form again. Sure enough, it was 11 below down here next to the lake. Skies overhead are blue and the lake has small waves from the SE with a textured surface of blues and silvers.

Jan 2: I could here Lake Superior moving large rocks around on the shore as I woke up this morning. The lake had 4-6ft large gray roller waves coming into the shore. The grinding and clunking sounds of the larger waves are quite distinct. It stayed relatively warm last night and was 5 degrees this morning and our high for the day is at 7pm and 10 degrees. We had big fluffy snow falling this late afternoon but so far there has been no appreciable accumulation.

Jan 1: 2018 began with 10 below and is slowly warming up. We are now at 0 degrees at 11am. The cloud mass over the lake seems a bit smaller and whiter this morning. Lake Superior has 2-3ft bright blue waves with navy shadows and silver highlights from the SSW. Skies overhead are blue. The winds have ceased. And even zero degrees and no wind seems like a heat wave after the past few windy and subzero days.

December
2017

Dec 31: The winds are just pounding the lake from the north. I was in town and could barely stand against that north wind, However, down here on Croftville Road that north wind blows right over the top of us and then buffets the lake. You can watch the gusts as they move over the lake's surface until they disappear into the steam whirlwinds rising off the lake. It was 14 below this morning and at noon we are still at 7 below. There is the large cloud mass over the lake but everywhere else we have clear blue firgid skies.

Dec 30: It was a nasty cold day today with 16 below this morning and a high of 3 below for the day. Add to that the strong winds from the north and not even the sunshine could make it fell pleasant outside. We watched 3 freighters pass by partially obscured by the steam rising off the water's surface.

Dec 29: Today was the return to the subzero temps. The whirlwinds rising off the lake are once again forming that large cloudmass over the lake surface. Lake Superior is a silver gray and we have frigid blue skies everywhere the cloud over the lake is not. There is much freighter activity right now with us enjoying their passing by both during the day and night.

Dec 28: It got down to 1 below last night but then began to warm up. We have light snow falling this morning with about 2" accumulation so far. The morning began at 3 degrees and is now at 11. Lake Superior is a grayish green with 3-4ft waves and a few whitecaps coming straight in from the SSE. The new snow is blowing in the wind off the lake.

Dec 27: We begin our day with 13 below this morning. The forecast says we will see above zero temps briefly today. We watched 2 ore freighters pass by in the night. They were pretty close to shore but far enough out for their lights to be partially oscured by the moisture rising off the lake into the dark cloud mass directly over the lake. This was an eerie sight. This morning Lake Superior is a light blue and calm. There are clear blue skies everywhere except directly over the lake where the dark cloud continues. Ice forming out on the lake from these cold temps came in as an ice floe this afternoon. I suspect it will disappear as soon as temps began to warm or the waves pick up. This is one of the earliest dates I have ever seen ice on the lake here in Croftville.

Dec 26: This is the coldest day we have seen in Croftville in at least 2 years. Our high today was 8 below and our high was 18 below. The winds were strong making it impossible to do anything outside. Waves were coming from the unusual directions of the SW hitting our shore at an oblique angle. The great cloud mass over the lake continues with the steam whirlwinds lifting moisture off the lake surface.

Dec 25: Merry Christmas! The below zero temps rolled in late last night to welcome Christmas. We have 7 below here next to the lake which means it is probably considerably colder inland. Lake Superior has the familiar look for below zero temps with a dark cloud mass forming over the lake and small whirlwinds of steam rising off the surface into the cloud. Elsewhere, we have blue skies and sun. The lake is mostly calm and a pale blue with navy shadows.

Dec 24: With a morning low of 7 and and afternoon high of 13 it is colder today but so far the bitterly cold temperatures that have been predicted have not materialized yet. We have snow flurries for Christmas Eve after having a brilliant star filled night last night. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves this morning from the SSW but is nearly calm and gray this afternoon. The lake almost seamleesly blends into the gray horizon.

Dec 23: The temperatures have begun to drop with a low of 12 last night. The blue skies and sun have been out for 3 hours and we have only warmed up 1 degree to 13. I suspect we will begin to see temps begin to drop as the arctic cold front makes its way here for Christmas Eve. Lake Superior is a bright blue with navy shadows with short choppy waves from the SSW.

Dec 22: As heavy snow came down this morning, about 5" total, the radar showed there was no snow falling and the weather forecast said there was 0% chance of precipitation. We spent the afternoon shoveling out our fresh white blanket now added to our snowcover. Temperatures were in the 20's all day and when the snow stopped skies cleared to a very light overcast. Lake Superior was a pale blue with 2-4ft waves pounding the shore.

Dec 21: It is the shortest day of the year. White overcast skies and snow flurries are the conditions along Lake Superior. We had 1" of fresh snow this morning with the temperature ranging from 14 to 26. Lake Superior is a silver shiny gray with small waves on a textured surface coming straight in from the SSE.

Dec 20: Temps ranged from 8 this morning to the upper 20's this afternoon. Lake Superior had 4-5ft waves from the south today with strong winds. Teresa saw several freighters passing by during the night. We heard that the last salty of the season left Duluth today although ore freighters will continue into mid January.

Dec 19: Rain that turned to wet snow started coming down at 6pm last night. We ended up with only 1" of wet snow accumulation but the problem was that temps stayed at freezing last night and then began to drop. At 8am it dropped under freezing and then the race was on to get rid of the wet snow or let it freeze in place. The winds were gale forcwe today. With temps in the upper 20's most of the day it was quite pleasant out of the wind and in the sun. But whoa to you if the sun disappeared behind clouds and you stood in the wind. Lake Superior is a transluscent bluish green today with 4-6ft waves from the SSW. Ore freighters are heading by us again. Last night we enjoyed one all lit up about 1am.

Dec 18: Lake Superior has greenish blue 2-4ft waves from the SSW. It is warm with a dark gray overcast today. Our low was 26 and our high 36. No sign of sun, no sign of precipitation, and just a light breeze.

Dec 17: It warmed up overnight with a morning temp of 22 and a high this afternoon of 30 here in Croftville. Skies were a white overcast and the light moisture coming down felt more like mist than snow. Lake Superior is surprisingly mild and with the good weather none of the freighters are taking the northern rout past Grand Marais today.

Dec 16: We have white overcast skies with snow flurries coming down this morning. Lake Superior is a dark blue gray with a fuzzy horizon and 1-2ft roller waves from the SE. We had a morning low of 8.

Dec 15: High temps where in the upper teens here along Lake Superior today. There was lots of sun and pleasant to be outdoors. However, it got cold really quick once the sun began to set. The big lake was a brillianrt blue with 2-3ft waves from the SE and a light wind.

Dec 14: Snow plows finally cleared Croftville Road last night. Today we had a high of 22 after a low of 1. Most of my day was spent shoveling out after what ended up to be about 5-6" of fresh snow from yesterday. Lake Superior is a silver blue and the sun feels goods.

Dec 13: Snow and wind began in the night. By the time they stopped around noon we had about 4 new inches of snow on the ground, 5-6ft greenish gray waves from the SE, and lots of drifting. Temps rose over the night with the upper teens by the time we got up and eventually reaching a high of 26.

Dec 12: It was zero down here next to Lake Superior this morning. We are still now waiting for our first sub-zero day. We have high thin cirrus clouds and a mostly blue sky this morning. With the sun, temps are quickly rising. We saw several frieghters passing by during the night. The waning moon is now little more than a crescent, but it still manages to light up the lake and the thin snowcover on the ground. Lake Superior is a pale blue with just ripples this morning. The cold temps have the familiar little steam whirlwinds rising up off the surface of Superior.

Dec 11: We got about 2-3 inches of snow last night continuing into this morning. Temps once again began in the single digits but managed 26 this afternoon. I saw two freighters pass by Croftville today. Lake Superior has only small pale blue waves today here.

Dec 10: There was a powerful wind this morning and a low of 6. However, the blue skies warmed the air and the wind ceased to make a pleasant afternoon. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue and there were many walkers out enjoying a stroll on Croftville Road.

Dec 9: We have bright blue skies this morning with wisps of high white clouds. The new 1" blanket of snow makes everything quiet and clean. Lake Superior has a textured surface with multiple shades of blue. We saw at least 5 ships and freighters pass by during the night, one was quite close. Temperatures dropped during the night with an overnight low of 6 degrees.

Dec 8: It was white overcast yesterday with light snow falling from about noon on. By nightfall we had about 1" accumulation. Lake Superior had only small 1ft blue gray waves. Temps hovered in the teens and 20's.

Dec 7: Temps were in the teens today before reaching a high of 21 briefly. Lake Superior was a greenish blue with 2-3ft waves from the south. Skies were lightly overcast with snow flurries for most of the afternoon.

Dec 6: It is cold this morning at 14 degrees. Lake Superior is a blue gray against a light blue horizon. The sun is not completely ip yet but it appear that overhead we have lightly overcast skies. The 5-6ft waves from last night have calmed down to 3-4ft waves this morning. During the night we watched a large saltie all llit up pass by our bedroom.

Dec 5: Lake Superior was a bluish green this morning against a dark purple horizon. The waves are large at 4-5ft from the SSW and grew even larger through the day. The winds off the lake were gale force once again. Temperatures dropped through the night from 43 at 8pm to 34 at 3:00am to 30 at 4:30 to 25 at 8am. The rain from yesterday changed to freezing rain and then to snow. We ended up with about 2" of wet snow the ground to shovel away if we wanted to avoid a frozen sheet of ice on our paths and steps.

Dec 4: It was a spooky day with the feeling that a change in weather had to be on the way. We woke up to 41 degrees and the temperature stayed steady with a high of 43 at 8pm. The winds were fierce and helped to grow huge 5-6ft waves from the SSW on Lake Superior. A couple isolated heavy rain storms fell during the afternoon before a steady light rain began about 8pm.

Dec 3: There was a heavy frost on the roofs this morning with a low of 28 and a warm afternoon temp of 43. We had mostly sunny skies, a late sunrise because of cloud cover to the east, and a gentle breeze. Lake Superior was a silver blue with olive green shadows and 2ft waves from the south.

Dec 2: It is a beautiful late fall day here in Croftville. We have partly cloudy skies, no breeze, and a high of 43 this afternoon. Lake Superior has blue 1-2ft waves with navy shadows from the south.

Dec 1: December begins with some frost on the roofs, partly cloudy skies, and a brilliant red sunrise. Lake Superior has 1-2ft silver waves with navy shadows from the south. There is no snow cover down by the lake, but they still have dcent snow cover inland. Our morning low was 31.

November
2017

Nov 30: Lake Superior was storming today with 3-5ft waves pounding the shore from the SSE. Strong winds in the morning subsided in the afternoon allowing us to get some work done putting things away before winter decides to take hold. Our low was 31 and our high was 37.

Nov 29: With a morning low of 19 and an afternoon high of 32 today is quite a bit cooler than yesterday. We traveled to Duluth unexpectedly to buy some replacement internet equipment. It was mostly sunny, fairly windy, and the lake was a brilliant blue. The reflections off the lake were blinding.

Nov 28: We woke up to wind and blue skies overhead. Lake Superior started the day with 1-2ft waves but ended the day with 3-5ft brilliant blue waves with green shadows from the SE. Boy, did the wind blow this afternoon making it hard to do anything outdoors since you spent most of your energy fighting the wind. It warmed up overnight and I woke up to 41 with an early afternoon high of 46 before a cloud front blew in and started to cool things off.

Nov 27: Lake Superior is a medium gray with dark green shadows with 1-2ft waves coming in from the SSE. There is a wind off the hill that is banging my snow shovel against the porch wall. We are at freezing this morning and the gray overcast skies will probably keep the temperatures steady. Only the horizon to the south shows any signs of a break in the overcast skies.

Nov 26: We had a high of 42 and a low of 26 today. There was plenty of sun peaking out from behind the clouds. Lake Superior was mostly calm as were the winds. The textured surface was a silver blue with olive green shadows.

Nov 25: We admired the crescent moon reflecting and shimmering off the lake last night. There were no fewer than 6 ore freighters that passed Croftville in the night all lit up. We have sun and partly cloudy skies this morning with a morning temperature of 24. It feels much colder than yesterday but the sun is welcome. The air is calm and Lake Superior has 1-2ft silver blue waves with green shadows from the SSW.

Nov 24: We woke up to 38 and had a high of 42. It was still 41 at 6pm before temps finally began to drop. We had light rain and drizzle most of the day. The light gray overcast skies left Lake Superior a gray blue with 2-3ft waves from the SSW. We sat and had a fire on our covered porch listening to the waves buffeting the shore and the fireworks from the Grand Marais harbor. Two ore freighters passed by while we were warming ourselves from the radiant heat of the woodstove.

Nov 23: It was 17 this Thanksgiving morning but it warmed up to 33 in the afternoon with a decent amount of sun.

Nov 22: I think today was the coldest overall day of the season so far. With a morning low of 16 and the high of 26 together with a healthy wind off the hill made this a tough day to be outside. Skies were a gray overcast which were reflected by the greenish blue 2ft waves from the SSW. We saw several ore freighters all lit up pass by Croftville last night. Today we enjoyed watching a scattering of really big snowflakes fall from the sky and being bounced around by the wind before eventually finding their way to the ground.

Nov 21: It was a cold day today in Croftville never getting out of the 20's. It was mostly cloudy and the wind was almost non-existent. Lake Superior was gray with sevral ore freighters passing by Croftville.

Nov 20: It got above freezing today allowing some of the frozen rain left behind from Friday to melt off the steps and roadways. Lake Superior had 2-4ft blue gray roller waves from the south.

Nov 19: The morning low was 21 and the high was 32. The sun peaked out a couple times but for the most part we had cloudy skies above a silver gray lake.

Nov 18: There was slush falling out of the sky yesterday afternoon. By nightfall we had about 1" of slush covering the ground. By this morning most of it had melted and soaked into the ground. Yesterday's high was 41 but things cooled off after midnight and we woke to 29 degrees. The lake has a textured silver surface this morning with a blue gray cloud cover.

Nov 17: The winds were blowing hard off the lake during the night making our lakeside windows whistle. Those winds helped to generate 5-7ft waves crashing on our shore that were so loud I could barely hear those whistling windows. We got a dusting of snow during the night and temperatures rose to 37 degrees by morning. It is still dark this morning due to the heavy overcast skies even though the sun should already be up.

Nov 16: The lake is storming today. We had 3-5ft gray waves from the SE with whitecaps. Our morning low was 19 and we got close to freezing for the high. There were several ore freighters passing by all lit up in the night. Snow flurries began to small in the late afternoon.

Nov 15: Overnight low last night was 38. Rain began about 9am and looks like it will remain most of the day. We have gray overcast skies with a silver gray Lake Superior that melds seamlessly into the horizon and sky. The weather people say a cold front is moving in and we should see our temps drop into the 20's as the day moves on. Right now we have 40 degrees.

Nov 14: We woke up to 38 and had a high of 41 today. The skies looked like rain all day but it never happened. Lake Superior was a light gray with 2-3ft waves from the south with an occasional whitecap. What was left of the snow melted today down near the lake.

Nov 13: Lake Superior was a bluish green with 2-3ft waves from the SE. We have cloudy skies with temps hovering just above freezing. The little snowcover we have is slowly disappearing.

Nov 12: It is white overcast this morning with a silver gray Lake Superior with only ripples on the surface. It is so quite without the lake roaring and the strong winds off the lake whistling through our double hung windows. Overnight it was 29 and has warmed up this morning to 32 which is probably close to our high for the day.

Nov 11: It was warmer today with a low this morning of 26 and a high this afternoon of 34. The wind was still here today but with a diminishing capacity as the day wore on. The lake started with 5-6ft waves during the night and finally reduced down to 3-4ft waves tonight. Overcast skies kept the lake a bluish gray and offered us light snow both during the night and for awhile this afternoon.

Nov 10: And yet another coldest night of the season with a 5 degree low this morning next to Lake Superior. We had a high of 18 yesterday around 11am. After that, the temps declined all the rest of the day and through the night. This morning we have clear blue skies overhead except for the dark purple cloud mass over the lake. The cold temps against the warm lake have little whirlwinds of steam rising from the blue lake with 2-3ft waves from the SSE.

Nov 9: We had about a half inch of light snow last night next to the lake. Overnight it really cooled down and it is 13 this morning, our coldest night of the season by far. In fact, with these cold temps it is difficult to call this fall anymore, it is more like winter. I watched 4 ore freighters pass by all lit up in the night. This morning I saw another one. We will probably see ore freighters regularly now until they close the locks in mid January. Lake Superior is calm and gray this morning. The sky is a dark gray overcast except over the lake where a large cloudbank is forming.

Nov 8: There was no sun out today. We had a morning low of 26 and a high today of 31. The greenish gray lake had 2-4ft waves from the SE. At most there was a mild breeze but for the most part the air was still.

Nov 7: It is the coldest morning of the fall with 21 degrees. Although we have clear skies overhead, there is a perimeter of dark purple clouds around the horizon stretching in all directions except to the north. It managed to get up to 34 yesterday with the sun. It doesn't look like we will get that warm today. Lake Superior is silver blue with navy shadows with 1ft waves.

Nov 6: It was a stunning sunrise with thin dark clouds against a yellow rising sun. Lake Superior is silver blue with dark green shadows and 1-2ft waves from the south. Skies are clear overhead and there is a thin bank of clouds near the horizon over the lake. Our temp this morning is 24 degrees.

Nov 5: The snow is all gone today waking up to 40 degrees and then watching the the temp slowly and continuously drop through the day. It was 29 at sunset. We have mostly cloudy skies with gray clouds. Lake Superior is calmer today with 2-3ft blue green waves from the south.

Nov 4: It snowed all night and for most of the morning. We have 2-3" accumulated down here by the lake. With the snow came slightly warmer temps and we are hovering between 33 and 36 degrees today. Lake Superior has been energized by the strong winds. We have 4-5ft waves pummeling the shore.

Nov 3: It is cold this morning at only 29 degrees. We have 5 naughty deer walking down Croftville Road. I think they can sense that deer hunting is just a day away. Once the shooting starts they become so skiddish and unpredictable on the roadways. We have mostly clear skies this morning with Lake Superior a silver blue and only small waves with a textured surface.

Nov 2: It was an partly overcast day with not much sun. Lake Superior was a greenish blue with 1-2ft roller waves from the SSE. After a morning low of 32 it warmed all the way up to 44. People up the trail were treated to 4-6" of wet sloppy snow overnight but we had rain all night by the lake.

Nov 1: Lake Superior was storming today with 3-5ft waves pounding the shore from the SSE. Strong winds in the morning subsided in the afternoon allowing us to get some work done putting things away before winter decides to take hold. Our low was 31 and our high was 37.

October
2017

Oct 31: Happy Halloween! 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenburg Church door today. Here in Grand Marais we had 29 degrees this morning by the lake. It warmed up in the afternoon all the way to 34. That doesn't sound very good, but it was really quite pleasant outdoors with sun at times, no precipitation, and no wind. Lake Superior was a bluish gray, it was more blue when the sun was out and more gray when the skies clouded up. The lake had 2-3ft waves.

Oct 30: It was 31 this morning with a high mustering up to 37. It was cold working outdoors with a light mist coming down much of the day and overcast skies. Luckily, there was almost no wind which made work outside at least bearable. Lake Superior is gray with a textured surface and 1-2ft waves. Calm compared to the massive storms from last week.

Oct 29: It is another cold day as we travel back to Grand Marais. It was 34 when we left Minneapolis, dropped to 32 traveling to Duluth, and managed to get back up to 34 by the time we got to Grand Marais at sunset. Lake Superior is roaring with 5-6ft waves and we could see the damage to the lakeside attractions in Duluth from Friday's massive storm.

Oct 28: We are in southern Minnesota today watching the MIAC cross country conference meet at Saint Olaf. I can only imaginge what it must be like 350 miles to the north when I think of how cold I am here watching these runners in their skimpy uniforms run this cold course. It was 34 degrees at race time which also turned out to be the high for the day. Our trip down last night featured snow all the way from Grand Marais to Hinckley. Duluth appeared to have about 6" on the ground. Minneapolis had freezing mist on the overpasses.

Oct 27: We woke up this morning and the rain from yesterday has turned to snow. It is our first snow of the year and at 7am we have about 2" on the ground down here next to the lake. I suspect there must be much more up the trail. The temperature is 32 this morning. The overcast skies are keeping the skies dark after we would expect to see morning light. Lake Superior has 6-8ft waves from the SE and I could hear the large rocks being pushed around on the beach last night.

Oct 26: The rain began about 8:15am and the light rain never stopped even for a breather all through the day and now into the night. Our morning low was 41 this morning but temps stayed steady for the day and began to drop in the afternoon. Lake Superior's grayish breaking waves grew to 6-7ft this afternooon with whitecaps seen all over out on the lake.

Oct 25: With a low of 32 this morning and a high of 44 the winds are gone, the lake has 3-4ft waves from the SE and the skies are blue with some scattered clouds. What a difference from the high winds of yesterday.

Oct 24: The winds really blew last night. Knocked stuff all around the yard. The power was out for several hours. After a high of 57 yesterday afternoon, we have a morning low of 41. It is not expected to warm up more than a couple degrees today. We have an ore freighter passing by our place this morning with the high winds. It is remarkable watching the gusts of wind hitting the surface of Superior and then moving out across the surface. No sun this morning with the overcast skies leaving Lake Superior a dull gray.

Oct 23: We have mostly cloudy skies this morning with small patches of blue. There is a dark band of bluish purple out to the west. Lake Superior has 3-4ft light blue waves with green shadows from the SSE. The morning low is 46. Happy Birthday to my Grampa Joe who would have been 113 years old today. It's hard to believe he has been gone for over 22 years.

Oct 22: We had cloudy skies and a dark blue Lake Superior with 2ft waves from the south today. The winds from this past week and the rain overnight have stripped many of the leaves from the trees. It now is beginning to look like late fall where one can see further into the woods and vistas to the lake have opened up. Our high today was 53 with a low of 44.

Oct 21: We have seen beaver swimming in Superior ever since we have lived here. I can even remember seeing a beaver lumbering along on our shore. But yesterday a beaver made off with one of our young aspen trees at the top of our stairs leading down to the lake. All that was left was a 1ft tall and 2" in diameter stump along with some wood chips. He must have appreciated the stairs to make the getaway with his prized sapling so easy. This morning we had a low of 52 degrees which is surprisingly warm for this time of year. The partly cloudy skies at sunrise have now been replaced by gray overcast skies and the word is that rain is on its way.

Oct 20: It was a windy day in Croftville. Lake Superior had calmed down to 1-2ft blue gray waves. It was a good evening for campfires with partly cloudy skies with plenty of stars peeking through. Our high was 63 after a start of 43 in the morning. However, the air stayed warm well into the night.

Oct 19: It was a crisp and clear day in Croftville. The 4ft waves were roaring from the south and you could hear them moving rocks around on the shore. When you were in the sun it was warm and when you were in the shade it was cold. Our low and high were 44 and 63 respectively but it feels like it might get quite a bit cooler tonight.

Oct 18: It was windy today and the waves on Lake Superior grew all day long. By evening the waves were 4ft with whitecaps. Our low this morning was 44 with a high of 63. There was plenty of sun in the morning but overcast skies came and went during the afternoon.

Oct 17: Our overnight low was only 50. After a high yesterday of 55 it just didn't cool off much overnight. There are some light clouds amidst a mostly blue sky this morning. The sliver moon and Venus were lit up by the rising run this morning as they rose through some small clouds near the horizon. Lake Superior has 2ft roller waves from the SSW.

Oct 16: We have 38 this morning along the shore with a little frost. The big lake is bluish gray with 2ft roller waves from the SSW. The skies above the crisp horizon are mostly cloudy with patches of blue that can let the sun break through. The morning sunlight hitting the gold leaves on the aspen and birch make them stand out and look afire.

Oct 15: We traveled back to Grand Marais today and topped Thompson Hill about 3pm. Our daughter called out that she was the first to see Lake Superior. There was a sound in her voice of relief to be back to home, which is the feeling I get every time I see Lake Superior. After some shopping in Duluth, it was dark before we got to Grand Marais, but the lights of the town welcomed us home.

Oct 14: We traveled to LaCrosse today to watch our son's cross country meet. Overcast skies and rain is the recipe for the day. The rain is heavy at times but usually is an annoying mist. It was fun to see the Mississippi River Valley that I spent so much time on family outings in my youth. Our innkeeper tells us it is a beautiful sunny fall day in Grand Marais.

Oct 13: Lake Superior is a uniform gray this morning with 2ft waves from the south. There is a crisp horizon line with white and blue overcast above the gray lake. We can see patches of blue sky where the overcast is thin but still no signs of the sun. This mornings low was 36 but it is already 53 at 10am.

Oct 12: The waves grew overnight and have continued to grow through the day. Lake Superior has 3-5ft blue green waves from the SSE with whitecaps buffeting the shore. It warmed up overnight getting down only into the mid 40's and with a likely high right around the current temperature of 56. It was so dark this morning that I thought for sure rain was on its way but it never came even with the heavy overcast skies lasting all the way through the morning. The strong breezes from yesterday afternoon stripped many of the leaves out of the aspens.

Oct 11: It was a glorious fall day here in Croftville. Translucent blue 2-3ft waves from the ESE are breaking on the shore. Skies are blue with just wisps of white clouds. We had a low of 36 this morning and a high of 56. The breeze is beginning to strip the aspens of their gold leaves and the waves are collecting them in bunches on the lake surface.

Oct 10: It is 39 this morning with frost on Cottages 1 and 2. There are clear skies over the lake with oranges and reds lighting up the sky before the sunrise and Venus is the lone "star" still in the sky. Lake Superior has 1ft roller waves coming in from the SSW. The first rays of the sun set the gold leaves on the aspens on fire.

Oct 9: I woke up to 45 degrees with a gentle breeze off the lake quaking the golden leaves on the quaking aspens. We have high cirrus clouds dotting a blue sky. Lake Superior has ripples from the south and a textured surface of grays and blues.

Oct 8: Much like yesterday we had a mixture of clouds, blue skies, and overcast. Lake Superior had only ripples today and was quiet along the shore. The lake was a deep blue with silver highlights on its textured surface. The low was 43 and the high was 61.

Oct 7: It was a low of 43 and a high of 62. There was sun in Croftville for the morning that turned clouds and overcast for the afternoon. Leaves along the lake are now in full color. Lake Superior is a deep blue with 2-3ft waves.

Oct 6: Lake Superior was amazing last night with the full moon reflecting off the shimmering lake. This morning was a beautiful red sunrise that lit up the gold aspens along the shore. The lake is calm and blue with a textured surface. Skies are clear, the morning low is 42 and for the first time this fall we have frost on the roofs of our cottages.

Oct 5: It was a picture perfect fall day in Croftville. There were clear blue skies and a high of 64 after a crisp morning start of 43, so far the coolest temp we have had along the shore this fall. The smell of campfires were in the air as guests enjoyed the beauty of a deep blue Lake Superior with 2ft breaking waves sounding against the shore.

Oct 4: There was a low of 47 and a high of 64 today. Lake Superior was a dark blue with partly cloudy skies most of the day. Some of the clouds looked like rain but when I checked the radar, the closest rain was south of Chicago. I guess we are gun shy and expect every dark cloud to drop rain on us. No rain today, the aspens along the shore are now turning as deep gold, abd we have a full moon out tonight.

Oct 3: It was so, so humid this morning. Our morning low was 59 and our afternoon high was 62. A medium rain continued through the morning, but last night the constant rain dropped 2.5". The municipal parking lot was underwater this morning. When the rain finally quit, we had dark overcast skies for the afternoon and the air was so thick you could have cut it with a knife.

Oct 2: We again had 49 this morning and we rose to 62 this afternoon. It started raining before dawn and didn't stop until 2pm. Skies were dark overcast all day long. Lake Superior has 2ft grayish green waves pounding the shore from the SE.

Oct 1: It was 49 this morning to welcome October to Croftville. Skies are cloud covered. Lake Superior has 2-3ft greeneish blue waves with silver highlights crashing straight in from the SSE. The air is still and some of our aspens next to Superior changed to a deeper shade of gold overnight.

September
2017

Sept 30: What a mismatch of skies waking up this morning. There was a gorgeous red horizon and clear skies to the east watching the sun rise. To the west, the skies were an ominous dark purple overcast and looked like a storm was on its way. Lake Superior was blue with dark olive shadows with 1-2ft waves from the SSW. The temp this morning was 45. Then those dark skies dissipated and we have light high cumulus clouds with blue skies poking out inbetween.

Sept 29: It looked like rain was imminent all day but except for a few sprinkles it never came here in Croftville. We had 2ft gray roller waves on Lake Superior and a comfortable breeze in the morning. After lunch waves picked up and the temperature went down. The sky was so dark at 3:30 that I still cannot figure out why the rain didn't come down. We had a low of 45 and a high of 62 in the morning before temps began dropping in the afternoon.

Sept 28: We traveled to Hibbing today to watch a cross country meet. It looked like rain all day long but it took until afternoon for the skies to open up. Boy, did it rain. My helper at the inn said it until 3:30 for that rain to get to Grand Marais and it came down in sheets. Lake Superior was gray with 1-2ft waves.

Sept 27: We got to see stars lying in bed last night for the first time in several days. This morning we woke up to blue skies, a few small clouds, and 46 degrees. Lake Superior is a metallic blue with dark navy shadows as the 1-2ft waves come in from the SSW.

Sept 26: It rained most of the night and it rained all morning. There was a small break in the rain in the early afternoon before the rain started up again. Dark skies all day here in Croftville. I had to put on my work lights in my white canvas shelter in order to see what I was working on. Lake Superior is a uniform dark gray with 1-2ft roller waves from the SE. We had a low this morning of 54 and a high of 58.

Sept 25: The fog rolled in off the lake yesterday after early morning sun. Most of the day we had fog and high humidity and high of 71. Last night we had another light rainstorm. This morning we have dark cloudy skies and a morning low of 63. There is a cool breeze from the north and tiny spots of blue skies. Lake Superior is silver gray with small waves this mornng from the SSW.

Sept 24: We had another rainstorm during the night. This morning we have blue skies with just wisps of clouds. Lake Superior has 1-2ft silver waves with navy shadows from the SE on a very textured surface. It was warm overnight with morning low of only 61 degrees.

Sept 23: After yet another early morning rain, it was warm and humid yesterday in Croftville with a light fog in the morning and plenty of sun in the afternoon. We got up to 73 degrees. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the SE. There is more gold and yellows in the trees with each passing day. I could hear what I thought was large rocks on the beach moving but it turns out it was distant thunder from a storm out over the lake to the east near Isle Royale.

Sept 22: There was a light rain last night and a lot of lightning over Lake Superior. I am not sure if it was heat lightning or if the the bulk of the storm simply missed us. This morning we have dark overcast skies with rain not far away. Lake Superior is mostly calm with a light gray hue that blends seamlessly into the horizon. It actually warmed up overnight and we woke up to 62 degrees and humidity.

Sept 21: It was an amazing fall-like day here in Croftville. We had sun wiath a steady breeze all day. Our low was a crisp 48 followed by and afternoon high of 68. Lake Superior was that deep metallic blue that you usually only see in the fall. There were 2-4ft waves and whitecaps from the SE. Sept 20: It rained, lightninged, and thundered hard last night after dark and continued all the way to morning. Until the sun broke through around 4pm it was one of the darkest days I have seen along Lake Superior in years. The lake itself had 2-4ft gray waves with whitecaps from the SE. The high this afternoon was 68 after a morning low of 59.

Sept 19: With a low of 57 and a high of 66, the overcast skies kept the temperatures steady yesterday. Rain felt like it was moments away but all we got was a sprinkle here and there. The smell of campfires was in the air as leaves gradually change color. The storms we have had the past few weeks have reorganized our rocky beach and for the first time in the 14 years we have lived here we have a little patch of pebble beach streching about 30 feet. Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves from the SE.

Sept 18: We had a morning low of 46 this morning and an afternoon high of 61. Skies were cloudy or overcast all day and looked like we were constantly on the verge of rain which didn't materialize until 9pm tonight. Lake Superior had 3ft dark gray waves pounding the shore.

Sept 17: Coming over Thompson Hill in Duluth and getting that first glimpse of Lake Superior beyond the Duluth harbor always gives me a great sigh and I can feel the tension from being away from home slip away. We left Northfield this morning to cooler temps and those temps stayed just about constant all the way north. It was 59 when we left at 8am and it was 59 when we pulled into Grand Marais about 4pm. Lake Superior was a deep blue with whitecaps in the 2-3ft waves.

Sept 16: We traveled to SE Minnesota last night and by the time we got to Northfield at 11pm it was still 81 degrees and humid. I have to admit I have become intolerrant fo heat and humidity after all these years living on the North Shore. Rain fell at about 4:30 am and finally cooled things down a little. The runners at the cross country meet were unilaterally complaining about the humidity at the 10am start time. Temps climbed back up into the mid 80's by the afternoon. Sure miss that big body of cool water.

Sept 15: The wind really blew today. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves blasting the shore with a healthy amount of whitecaps. It rained pretty hard last night picking up an inch of rain. Today was overcast and on the verge of rain which came down only lightly a couple of times.

Sept 14: It was a strange day along Lake Superior. There was a haze in the air all day and some of time the air actually smelled. The smoke from the wildfires in the west continues to give us hazy days and a red sun in the morning and evenings. I even saw a red reflection off the lake around 2pm. The lake itself was a silver gray with only ripples on the water. Late in the afternoon the winds picked up as a precursor to the lightning storm that has just got to Grand Marais at 8:30pm. The low temperature was 59 and the high 71.

Sept 13: Lake Superior is subdued this morning with just small waves coming straight in from the SSE. They are gently breaking against the shore. To the east the sun has come up and is once again a red ball most likely from the western wildfires. Our low this morning is 56 and it is expected to be a warm day with the clear (although with a slight haze) blue skies and sun.

Sept 12: We woke up to a red sun this morning in the sky well up past the horizon. We suspect the haze and the red color of the sun is caused by the western wildfires and the diffused smoke moving to the east. It was beautiful but a bit eerie if you think of its source. Our morning low was 58 and our high was 72. Lake Superior had 1-2ft light blue waves today. It was a welcome relief from the din made by the crashing waves yesterday. Signs of fall continue to pop up. All the Moose Maples now have reds mixed in with the green here along the shore. Up the trail, many of the Moos Maples are already totally red and orange.

Sept 11: It warmed up overnight and we woke to 60 degrees. Lake Superior was boisterous with 3-4ft metallic blue waves from the south. Skies were mostly clear with a light overcast at times. The sun warmed us up to 72 this afternoon.

Sept 10: Lake Superior was a bright blue with 2-3ft waves from the south calling out to us. It was a day to spend outside enjoying the fresh fall beauty of the boreal forest. We had a low this morning of 45 and an afternoon high of 68. We had to almost yell to be heard above the waves anywhere near the lake.

Sept 9: It is a stunning September Saturday. With a morning low of 45 temps have rose steadily to 63 this afternoon. With clear blue skies overhead, Lake Superior is a striking metallic blue with 2ft waves from the south making their voice heard as they strike the shore. The start of the changing colors is now unmistakable with our Moose Maples beginning to take on reds, oranges, and yellows.

Sept 8: Lake Superior is blue with just ripples and a textured surface. We have clear blue skies and only a faint breeze. Our morning low was 48 and our afternoon high so far is at 5pm with 65 degrees.

Sept 7: It rained overnight, it is raining this morning, and it looks like we might get rain on and off through the day. Right now we have sun poking out through the cloudy skies. It is 54 after a morning low of 48 here next to the lake. Lake Superior is a pale blue with a textured surface but no noticable waves. Sept 6: Lake Superior has only small waves from the south today against partly cloudy sky that has some very dark clouds to the west. There was scattered rain in the afternoon. The morning low was 48 and the afternon high climbed to 68. The color of the lake kept changing with the changing cloudcovers.

Sept 5: We had a morning low of 50 after a couple rainstorms overnight. Today we had popcorn showers all day long. There were spells of blue skies but seldom any sun as one small dark rain cloud after another kept passing by from the NW. The afternoon high was just above 60 and Lake Superior had 1-2ft gray waves.

Sept 4: Happy Labor Day. We had mostly overcast clouds today and occasional sprinkles after a lightning storm and heavy rain last night. The high was 68. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the south and was mostly gray with an occasional bluish tint.

Sept 3: We had a low of 59 this morning and a high of 68 this afternoon. Overcast skues most of the day kept things from warming up too much. When the sun was out for little moments you could tell it would really warm up if not for the presence of clouds. The lake had silver gray 2-3ft waves from the south and was much more subdued than yesterday.

Sept 2: It was surprisingly warm this morning after a cold evening. The morning low was 59. Rain began late last night and continued to mid morning. Lake Superior had huge 4-5ft waves whose reach went all the way to our vegetation line. With the high water level and the big waves, there is nowhere to hike along our shore today without getting splashed. The warm morning turned into a warm afternoon peaking around 74 and fairly humid with popcorn rain bursts hitting us between bouts of sunshine. The lake was a steel gray with whitecaps from the south.

Sept 1: It was 48 this morning, the lake was crashing, and the wind was blowing. It felt like fall. Summer seems to be quickly leaving the North Shore. Lake Superior had 3-4ft metallic blue waves with whitecaps from the south this morning being pushed along by the wind from the same direction. Overhead are cloudy skies with plenty of sun breaking through inbetween. The afternoon warmed up to 67 before temps began to drop again around 2pm. The noise of the lake and wind require you to almost yell to be heard.

August
2017

Aug 31: August ended feeling more like fall than the last days of summer. Our morning low was 50 with our afternoon high of 67. Things are cooling off quickly tonight and a fire will feel good to be sitting nearby. Skies today were mostly cloudy but always with patches of blue. Lake Superior was a deep blue with dark green shadows and 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Aug 30: It was a beautiful partly cloudy day in Croftville. Lake Superior was a blue green with olive shadows and 1-2ft waves from the SE. There was a pleasant breeze with a high of 71 and a low this morning of 61.

Aug 29: It is good to back to Croftville. It was a great weekend but there is no place like home for us. There is a heavy dew this morning with white overcast skies. Lake Superior is a faint green with 6 inch waves from the SSW. I can't tell yet if the sun will burn off this overcast. We are at 60 degrees this morning.

Aug 28: It was 66 when we left Minneapolis this morning and it was 66 when we rolled into Grand Marais this evening. In between we saw a high of 68 on the hill in Duluth while we did a shopping detour. The lake was a deep blue on our drive up the shore. Looking toward Grand Marais there was a bank of black clouds, but it never did rain on us. It was curious how many signs of trees turning color we saw south of Duluth but there are really no signs of trees turning colors on the North Shore yet.

Aug 27: We spent the entire day away from Lake Superior today but had a great day at the Minnesota State Fair. We visited the Fine Arts building and were taken by how many pieces of art involved the North Shore. Then we found the same thing in the crop art in the Horticulture building.

Aug 26: We are heading south today to take our son back to college in Northfield. We will be back Monday night and it will be our longest time away from the lake since last August. I am always surprised how much I miss the lake and am already looking forward to coming over the crest of Thompson Hill in Duluth to see the lake again. This morning it is a white overcast with very dark clouds to the SW. How about that, that is just the direction we will be traveling. The temperature this morning is 59 after a low of 54. Lake Superior has 1ft waves from the SSE and the surface is gray with green shadows.

Aug 25: We had partly coudy skies most of today with a little sun. Lake Superior was a dark grayish blue with 1-2ft waves from the south. The mornings definately feel like fall is near with a low of 45 here in Croftville until the sun helped warm us to a high of 71. I watched crows (maybe ravens) chasing a bald eagle today.

Aug 24: It was cold this morning inland. My friend had frost on their roof at Devil Track Lake and I heard it was 30 on Seagull Lake at the end of the Gunflint Trail. By comparison, we had a balmy 49 here in Croftville and we warmed up to 72 later this afternoon. It was a mostly clear day with plenty of blue skies and a blue lake. There was little wave action but the surface was highly textured. There is a lot of talk in Grand Marais that summer is now over.

Aug 23: There are cloudbanks over the lake but the skies overhead are clear this morning. Lake Superior is calm this morning with 3 dark bluish purple bands near the horizon. The rest of the lake is silver blue with a textured surface. We dropped al the way down to 50 this morning which reinforces the sense from yesterday that fall may be just around the corner.

Aug 22: After some strong rains through the night, it was a glorius morning with a cool breeze that had the feel of fall in the air. The low was 59 degrees and it warmed up in the clear blue skies to 71 early in the afternoon. Lake Superior had 1-3ft blue waves bumping against the shore. Then, around 3pm everything changed. We had a series of popcorn showers roll through for the rest of the day. All were short in duration but they could be quite intense.

Aug 21: The skies this morning are once again occupied with high cirrus clouds and plenty of sunshine. Lake Superior only has ripples on the surface and there is a broad purplish band of water near the horizon. The rest of the lake is a shiny pale blue. Morning temperatures bottomed out at 59 after a high yesterday afternoon of 74. No breze so far this morning.

I am making a second entry today to describe the eclipse. We were fortunate that our moderate cloud cover made it possible to observe the eclipse most of the time without protective eyewear. The cloud cover was not so heavy to completely obscure the sun so most of the time we could see its outline. It did get cooler during the eclipse but not in a dramatic way like we heard reported in the areas of totality. But what we did notice was the lake becoming glass during the eclipse, the air being completely still. The light level was like twilight only at 1pm. The light levels were what you would expect if large black thunderheads were filling the sky but when you looked up you could see the eclipsed sun through just a moderate overcast cloud cover. According to the reports the sun was 70 percent covered here in Croftville.

Aug 20: At 59 degrees this morning Lake Superior is quiet with only ripples brushing against the shore. Overhead are high wispy cirrus clouds in a blue sky. There is a purple horizontal streak on the lake near the horizon with the rest of the lake a pale blue gray.

Aug 19: The sun was out this afternoon and heated things up a bit. We jumped from our low of 59 to a high of 75 here along the shore. Lake Superior had 1-2ft blue waves with navy shadows and silver highlights.

Aug 18: There was a high of 71 and a low of 62 today. Lake Superior began with 2ft roller waves from ESE and changed to 2-3ft choppy waves from the SSW by late aftrnoon. I don' usually notice such a dramatic change in direction during the course of a day. There was predictions of sun but the skies remained cloudy or light overcast all day.

Aug 17: It looks like it will be a cold day here in Croftville. The morning low was 53 and at 11am it is only 64. It really rained last night and the rain has continued (although lighter) through the morning. Skies are gray overcast with gusty winds. Lake Superior has 1-2ft silver waves from the SE with green shadows. There is a large group of skiers from Thunder Bay on roller skis that have past by on Croftville Road this morning.

Aug 16: After a beautiful morning and afternoon, rain moved in this evening. We had a high of 68 and a low this morning of 58. There was a strong breeze off the lake that kept everything comfortable and on the cool side. Lake Superior had 1-2ft blue waves with navy shadows from the SE. Aug 15: We had a low of 55 this morning and a high of 72 along the lake. Lake Superior was mostly calm with 6" waves from the south gently wooshing against the rocks. Overhead were partly cloudy skies. The lake was a pale blue with white horizontal bands.

Aug 14: We woke up to overcast skies and chances of rain today. Our temp this morning is 64. Lake Superior is calm with a textured silver gray surface just a shade darker than the horizon. There is a small cool breeze but with an almost indeterminate direction, it seems to change so quickly.

Aug 13: There were small waves on a blue Lake Superior from the south on a partly cloudy day. Rain threatened at times but never materialized. Our high was in the mid 70's and our guests were out at night enjoying a camp fire. It probably would have been much hotter if not for the cool steady breeze off the lake.

Aug 12: It was the funniest thing today. It was a gorgeous summer day with a high of 77 and a low of 60. The skies were blue, the lake was mostly calm, and there was a comfortable breeze. Then all of a sudden it was raining. We had just finished cleaning the cottages and I looked to the east, it was sunny. Then I looked to the west and it was raining. I didn't even see it coming. We had a good couple rainfalls but apparently the Rendevous Days up in Grand Portage got deluged. I heard of 3" of rain in just a couple hours.

Aug 11: With a low of 56 and a high of 75 this was a thoroughly pleasant day along the North Shore. Overhead we had mostly clear blue skies. Lake Superior was a deep blue with silver highlights and 1-2ft waves from the south.

Aug 10: We have 61 this morning and light rain. The rain began during the night and has been light and steady. Lake Superior is a gray just a shade darker than the sky with small waves from the SE.

Aug 9: The fog rolled in around 9 this morning and never left the rest of the day. We had a low of 60 and a high of 67. It rained for awhile around noon and there was thunder around 3 but with the fog we couldn't see what weather was out there. Things darkened around 6pm and then lightened up again. There must of been a storm front passing by but again with our fog we couldn't see a thing. Lake Superior was a light gray with small waves, at least what we could see of it.

Aug 8: We had a high of 81 and a low of 64 today. Wokw up to a cloudbank and it felt like rain. However, that blew over and we had a hot sun midday. But by midafternoon the clouds came back and we had several heavy bouts of rain. One of our guests even encountered hail when they entered Cook County. Tonight we have clear skies again as the sun goes down. Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the south and its color varied greatly as the skies changed.

Aug 7: We woke up to 60 degrees and clear blue skies this morning. The moon last night lit up the sky until a cloudbank moved in and gave us a little darkness. Lake Superior is a deep metallic blue with sky blue highlights and dark olive shadows. There are 2-3ft waves from the SSW and there is what is still a cool breeze coming off the hill. I doubt it will stay cool for long.

Aug 6: It is a beautiful day today with a lot of sun and some large cumulus clouds fronts passing through. There is a nice cool breeze off the lake. Lake Superior was still this morning but now has small 1ft blue waves with silver highlights from the south. Aug 5: I drove back from southern Minnesota today. We had little popcorn showers all the way to home. Temps didn't get much warmer than the low 70's. It was so great to see Superior as we went over Thompson Hill in Duluth. After some shopping in Duluth, I drove into Grand Marais with the Fisherman's Picnic fireworks display going off over the harbor welcoming me home.

Aug 4: I was away from the lake today but Teresa tells mee the it rained hard at times and the temperatures never got out of the 60's.

Aug 3: I headed to southern Minnesota this afternoon to pick up our son from Saint Olaf. He will complete his summer research internship tomorrow and I want to see his poster presentation. It looked like rain was imminent this morning in Grand Marais but I didn't see any rain until I began to drive south. It was so strange to see grown cornfields for the first time since last fall. The first one I sp[otted was around Pine City.

Aug 2: What difference a day makes. After an overnight low of 61 we are only at 65 degrees at 11am. We have mostly cloudy skies with large cumulus clouds and some sun. Lake Superior has 2ft silver blue waves with dark green shadows from the SE. The breeze is almost cold and after sweating in the sun yesterday, today I have a hooded sweatshirt on.

Aug 1: Yesterday was the hottest day of the year until today. We broke yesterday's high by 7 degrees when the themometer topped 87 this afternoon after being only 64 this morning. The lake tried to strike back with occasional breezes that gave little spells of relief from the heat and humidity. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue this morning and turned grayish later in the day when cloud cover moved in. The lake was in full voice with 3ft waves from the SSW.

July
2017

July 31: We got to 80 here in Croftville for the first time this summer. There were clear blue skies, a hot sun, very little air movement, and a blue lake with 1-2ft waves from the south. During the night we heard what must of been 3-4ft waves crashing into the rocks but by morning Superior had settles down considerably.

July 30: It might be a hot day here in Croftville. At 9am it is already 75 after a low this morning of 58. There are clear blue skies, a breeze from the west, and a blue Lake Superior with 1ft waves from the SSW.

July 29: We had a high of 78 yesterday with clear blue skies, no wind, and a flat blue lake. The only waves we heard during the night were the wakes from boats passing by somewhere on the lake. It was fun laying there in silence and then you could start to hear the brushing of small waves against the rocks. Then it would build to the waves slapping against the rocks. Then the waves would wane until finally you were laying in silence again. Today is another clear day, no breeze, and a calm lake. We have already seen several boats of all sizes and types pass by.

July 28: We have 64 degrees at 10am after a morning low of 58. There are clear blue skies and a clear blue calm lake with just small ripples. It was funny sleeping and not having any sound of the lake at all. There are again several boats on the lake, some sightseeing and some fishing and making use of the calm surface and warm temperatures.

July 27: Once again we had a low of 52 and a high of 78. Lake Superior was unusually quiet and people with boats and the Canada Geese made the most of enjoying the calm waters. There was plenty of sun with the partly cloudy skies.

July 26: There was a morning low of 52 and an afternoon high of 78 on a mostly sunny day. We had 1ft waves this morning but turned to a mostly calm blue surface this afternoon. The summer warmth felt good.

July 25: Lake Superior is calm with just ripples from the SSE this morning. There are 2 dark blue bands on the lake near the horizon. The lake is a pale silver blue except to the east where it is a diffused white. The sun is coming up into fog in the east an all you can see is a wall of white. It is 55 this morning with partly cloudy thin white clouds overhead.

July 24: There are clear blue skies overhead but at ground level we have a white fog moving in and out from the shore to the lake. We have 56 this morning and expect it to warm up into the 70's once the fog burns off. Lake Superior, at least what little we can see of it is a steel gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

July 23: We did have light rain overnight and it was still overcast for most of the morning, but by the afternoon it was a picture perfect North Shore day. We had partly sunny skies, a brilliant blue Lake Superior with 2-3ft waves from the SE, a cool breeeze,and a high of 77. The horizon was hazy but we spotted what we believe was a saltie since it sat to high out of the water for a freighter.

July 22: We had quite the rainstorm last night. The storm also churned up the waves, sounded like 4-5ft waves in the dark. By morning the lake had calmed down to 1-2ft grayish purple waves from the SE. Today we have had mostly cloudy skies and it looks like after as morning low of 61 our daytime high only got to 65. The cool breeze off the lake has kept the air quite cold.

July 21: We had a high of 77 and a low of 60 today. Lake Superior was mostly calm with 1-2ft blue waves from the SE and a decent amount of sun. Rain did perspire on us briefly in the lat morning.

July 20: We had a low of 60 and a high of 73 on a humid day for North Shore standards. There was cloud cover and a haze over the lake but there was also sun during the day as well. Lake Superior was a calm grayish blue with an indistinct horizon. It was a great night for campfires and gazing out at the water.

July 19: It was a light overcast day with a light haze over Lake Superior. We only had small waves and by evening the blusih gray lake was pretty much calm. Light rain fell a few times during the day but nothing substantial. We had a low of 58 and a after a high yesterday of 79, today we only got to 70.

July 18: Lots of stormclouds, thunder, and lightning passed by through the night but little rain came down. Looked like the bulk of the storms passed over the lake to our south. The waves were crashing on the shore during the night and looked to be in the 3-5ft range. By morning, they had subdued themselves down to 1-2ft gray waves from the SSW. Skies are cloudy with a little sun poking through. We are at 60 degrees this morning.

July 17: We had a low of 47 this morning with a high in the mid 60's. There were clear blue skies and I started to think it would be our 4th day in a row without rain. My confidence was my downfall and by 3pm a dark front could be seen in the west and by 4pm it was pouring down rain. So far this summer I believe 3 days it the most consecutive days withut rain here in Croftville. And it was gorgeous outside. I should have been suspicious when we spotted an ore freighter passing by. They must of known bad weather was coming and took the northern route. Lake Superior was bright blue with 2-3ft waves and a few whitecaps before it turned gray from the storm fronts.

July 16: Woke up to 56 degrees and clear blue skies except for a light haze over Lake Superior. The lake is light blue with a hint of purple in it. There are gentle 1ft roller waves from the SE with navy shadows. The birds are making quite a racket this morning, maybe they are mad at the cat.

July 15: Lake Superior had 2-3ft blue waves with dark olive shadows from the SSW today. It felt hot by Grand Marais standards with a high of 78 after a morning low of 55. And most remarkable of all, we have a second day without rain. There was plenty of sun even with the partly cloudy skies that moved in during the afternoon. It was a good day to be on the North Shore.

July 14: The waves on Lake Superior shifted to the SSW today. They were 3-4ft and brillaint blue with a little haze on the horizon. We had clear blue skies and no rain in Croftville. The wind was off the hill and with the sun we got up to 68 degrees today after a morning low of 55.

July 13: The wind was out in force this morning and churned up 4-6ft gray waves from the SE on Lake Superior. Overcast skies once again prevailed along with the rain they grought with them. Rain fell most of the day but was heavy at times. We had a low of 53 and a high of 57 this afternoon.

July 12: We had rain overnight, rain by midmorning, hard rain all afternoon, and rain tonight. Surpisingly, it reached 66 this morning but dropped back into the 50's for the rest of the day. Also in the weather mix were strong winds. Lake Superior started the day with 2-3ft dark blue gray waves from the SE. They grew to 4-5ft waves this afternoon.

July 11: We have cloud cover this morning and perhaps a little light fog on the lake making the horizon almost blend seamlessly between the sky and lake. Temps are in the low 60's and may not reach 70 unless the cloud cover moves away. The air is still, the lake is mostly calm and silver gray, and the foliage is such a deep green with all the rain we have had this month.

July 10: Today was a day of fog in Croftville. The fog rolling in and then out from the lake kept things cool and refused to let the sun get a foothold. Temps hovered in the 50's and 60's depending on the fog cover. Needless to say, there wasn't much of Superior you could see except a large white canvas and maybe 50 feet of gray lake.

July 9: We had partly cloudy skies, some sun, a pleasant breeze, and a high of 70 today. Lake Superior had metallic blue 2ft waves from the south. July 8: We have clear blue skies in Croftville and a metallic blue Lake Superior with a textured surface this morning. Our morning temp is 65 at 9am. With the sun I expect things to warm up into the upper 70's today. There is a gentle breeze from the SW.

July 7: It was a beautiful summer day along Lake Superior. We had a high of 79 after a morning low of 53. We had partly cloudy skies with plenty of sun. Lake Superior was sky blue with gentle 1-2ft waves from the south.

July 6: The skies opened up this morning and the rain came down in torrents. If that wasn't enough, once the skies partly cleared and we had sun for the midafternoon, all of a sudden a dark bank of clouds came up on us quickly and the skies opened up once again with heavy rain, lightning, thunder, and a little hail. Lake Superior responded to these storms with growning waves that were 3-5ft by the afternoon storm. I am thankful we choose to take our hike yesterday.

July 5: After a beautiful 4th of July, the black clouds we saw overtaking the Grand Marais fieworks display gave us an early morning Thunderstorm dropping a good amount of rain by daybreak. The overcast skies eventually burned off or moved away giving us sunny skies with intermitttent clouds this afternoon. We had a low of 52 and a high of 73. Lake Superior was calm except for the wakes from occasional boats. There was a strong wind that has ushered in another bank of thunderheads tonight. We might get a repeat of last night.

July 4: With a low of 53 and a high of 79 it was a beautiful holiday with plenty of sun and warmth. Lake Superior had 1ft blue waves from the SSW. Teresa was startled by a light out on the lake only to discover it was our guests out on a moonlight excursion in their kayaks. We watched the 4th of July fireworks from the Grand Marais harbor; we also watched a black loudfront moving in on Grand Marais during the fireworks.

July 3: We have a pale blue lake with ripples from the south and 62 degrees this morning. There is a dark blue narrow band right at the horizon. I am never sure what that is from. Skies overhead are blue with just a few wisps of clouds in the air. The air is still. Looking forwar to a gorgeous sunny, warm summer day on the North Shore.

July 2: What a great summer day it was in Croftville. Starting at 52 this morning we climbed to 79 briefly this afternoon before the breeze off the lake brought temps back into the 60's. Of course, we owe it to the sun which came out for almost the entire day. And for the first time in what I think is over a week we had no rain even though it looked like it might make a try with some storm clouds this afternoon. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with only ripples on the surface and a crisp horizon for the first time in a week.

July 1: And just like that, it is July. Of course with a new month we hoped for new weather. Unfortunately that is not yet to be. Once again we had overcast skys and rain although we did see the sun pop out from behind the clouds for awhile this morning. Lake Superior has a hazy horizon. Its surface is a shiny silver with nothing more than ripples on its surface. There was a low of 53 this morning and a whopping high of 58 this afternoon. Just can't get the air to warm up here by the lake without the sun.

June
2017

June 30: It was foggy today and could seldom see the horizon. Rain was intermittant. Lake Superior was gray with small waves from the SE. We had a low this morning of 54 and a high of 66. It is actually surprising that it even got that warm without the sun.

June 29: Wow, did it rain hard yesterday afternoon and through the night. This morning we woke up to gray overcast skies, mist, and a strong wind from the west. Lake Superior has 1ft gray waves from the SE. There is a dark gray band of water at the horizon. Overnight the low was 54 and we are at 63. I doubt we will get much warmer unless the cloud cover leaves. This is unlikely since they are predicting more rain still.

June 28: There was sun at sunrise but overcast skies quickly moved in. They are predicting rain but so far we just have dark skies to the south and white overcast here in Croftville. Lake Superior has 1ft gray waves from the SE and a gently breeze coming off the lake giving us a morning low of 48.

June 27: We might have our first day without any rain in quite some time. Overhead we have a mixture of blue skies and puffy white cumulus clouds. Lake Superior has 1-2ft blue waves with dark navy shadows from the SSW. The morning temp was 50 and at noon we are still only 54.

June 26: It was nice to have some sun again but only for spurts as the rain kept coming one storm cloud after another. The sun let things warm up to 62 after starting the morning with 48. It has been a crazy month with so many rain showers. Lake Superior was covered with fog at times and with so much cloud cover the surface stayed a blue gray. Only ripples for waves today. Boy, did it rain hard overnight.

June 25: We have a colder repeat of yesterday. Lake Superior is gray with 1ft waves from the south. The horizon cannot be seen for the fog. Everything seems incredibly green and the rain continues to come down. We had a low this morning of 50 and so far the afternoon high is 52.

June 24: It was a day of gray water, gray skies, and rain. The lake horizon and the 2ft waves from the SSW disappeared into the fog. Temps started at 52 and never even reached 60 today.

June 23: We had skies that looked like rain could come down at any momonet with large cloud banks passing by. All we got was a few sprinkles throughout the day. But we also had sun. Enough sun to get the afternoon temp up to 75 which is probably as warm as we have seen here along the lake this year. Lake Superior was a steel blue with 2-3ft waves belting the shore. June 22: We had a high of 67 and a low of 51 today along the big lake. Lake Superior had 2-3ft steel blue waves coming in at an oblique angle from the SW. Weather was a mixed bag with a hard rain last night followed by a clear sky sunrise. Then just like that it was heavy fog that took until late afternoon to burn off. When it did we had partly sunny skies with lots of clouds and cloudfronts.

June 21: It got to 72 today but it didn't feel that warm. Mostly dark overcast skies with bouts of sun covered both the lake and Croftville. The lake itself was a dark bluish gray most of the day but could change rapidly with the cloud cover. Not really much for waves but there was a very textured surface.

June 20: We had a morning low of 51 and a high of 60 today down by the lake in Croftville. Skies were mostly cloudy with a mixture of blak and white clouds. Rain fell several times today and the sun would peek out once in awhile. Lake Superior was misty with an indistinct or missing horizon often. The lake is a dark gray with 1ft rollers coming in from the SSW.

June 19: Lake Superior has 1ft blue gray roller waves from the SSW and a textured surface. There is a light breeze from the SW and the temperature this morning is 55. Skies overhead are cloudy with a touch of blue. There is a black cloudbank on the southeastern horizon.

June 18: It was a mixed day of rain, heavy at times, and dark overcast skies. Lake Superior had a gray surface with 1ft roller waves from the south. We watched 2 wood ducks fishing in front of the resort. The low this morning was 47 and the high was 66.

June 17: We had a taste of almost everything today except for clear blue skies. There were big puffy cumulus clouds, a little sun, some fog, some rain, and some gray overcast skies. Lake Superior was a calm silver blue this morning and developed 1-2ft waves from the SE in the afternoon. We had a low of 50 and a high of 64.

June 16: We have had cloudy skies with a little sun and a little rain. Got down to 47 and had a high of 66. Lake Superior was fairly calm with a textured silver blue surface.

June 15: The dense fog is still here this morning. Visibility on the lake is only about 50ft and our temperature is still 47. What you can see of the lake is a faint silver blue with 1-2ft roller waves from the SE.

June 14: It was pretty hot in the rest of the arrowhead but Grand Marais was once again the exception. We went over to Virginia to pick up some supplies and the temps inland rose into the low 80's. However, as we returned home to Grand Marais we watched the temperature go steadily down and when we pulled into town around 7pm it was 47. I am sure the cold fog covering the shore all the way from Silver Bay helped cool things off. Lake Superior had bright blue 2-3ft waves from the SE in the morning from the south.

June 13: The lightning storm lit up the sky last night and dropped plenty of rain. We stayed awake watching the display over the lake from our windows and listening to the thunder and some close by strikes. This morning we still had overcast skies but the rain had ended. The sun eventually burned off the sun and we had a high of 78 with a low of 48. Lake Superior had 3ft waves from the south.

June 12: It is the warmest day of the year with a high of 78 this afternoon. We have 1-2ft gray waves from the south brushing against the shore. It stayed pretty warm overnight in the 50's. Today we have had partly cloudy skies. When the sun was out it would really warm things up.

June 11: Low this morning of 47. The skies are dark and overcast mostly. We had bouts of rain this morning but a pretty nice afternoon. Our guests are enjoying a campfire. Lake Superior has 2-3ft blue gray waves from the SE. You can see a fog bank out over the lake that looks like headlands across the lake.

June 10: It stayed warm overnight with a low of 55. We had a warm rain during the night and so far continuing intermittently this morning. Lake Superior is speaking this morning with 2ft gray waves hitting the shore from the SE. The sun is trying to peak out through breaks in the dark gray clouds.

June 9: It started with a textured surface on the lake and by late afternoon you would have to finally call them small waves. After several days of a silent lake with a glass surface, Lake Superior is beginning to speak again. Temperature wise, we had a low of 49 and a high of 70. That may be the first 70 degree day we have had in Croftville this year.

June 8: The calm lake unusually continues. We had clear skies this morning but dark overcast clouds moved in by noon. Lake Superior had what looked like a fog bubble sitting out over it making the horizon fade away. I thought it was going to be a warm day waking up to 52 and sun but with the clouds and drizzle we are going to stay in the mid 60's.

June 7: Lake Superior was glass again today. The waves were generated by boats passing by making the most of completely calm big water. Our temperature range was from 46 to 69. It was funny to hear flocks of geese flying over head with the lake being dead silent.

June 6: A low of 51 and a high of 69 was found on a breezeless day in Croftville. You could see the concentric ripples on the lake from a fish touching the surface it was so calm. The lake had 2 horizontal bands. The band near shore was a medium blue and you could see all the rocks beneath the surface. The band near the horizon was a pale blue and sometimes almost white. There was not a cloud in the sky all day. However, the horizon at times looked almost foggy.

June 5: It was a beautiful summer day in Croftville with a low of 44 and a high of 69. We had rain overnight but blue skies by morning. Lake Superior had 2 horizontal bands. There was a flat pale band from a couple miles out to the horizon. There was a textured bold blue band nearer the shore. The interface between them alternated twice with 2 very narrow bands. I treid to come up with a wild hypothesis to explain this but instead decided just to enjoy the view.

June 4: The rain from last night was already dried off this morning. There are patches of blue amidst a fairly dark cloud cover this morning. The temp this morning is 44. Lake Superior is a steel gray with a textured surface. There is a light blue band on the water at the horizon.

June 3: We had a mixed bag of weather today with a little sun in the morning and late afternoon. Then there was the overcast skies and a brief light rain in the middle of the day. And finally there was the thunderstorm over the lake in the evening that lit up the sky and brought us rain as we got ready for bed.

June 2: We planted our flower boxes today figuring that we should be safe from frost now that it is June. It has been less than 2 weeks since our last heavy frost. All the native trees have now leafed out including the balsam aspen and the mountain ash. The Juneberries are now in bloom. Lake Superior was a bright blue with small waves from the SE and black shadows. There was plenty of sun with a high of 60 after a morning low of 38.

June 1: We traveled to Duluth for a section track meet. It felt so good to be comfortable out in the sun just in shirtsleeves. It was warm in the 60's and by afternoon on the hill it was 83 in those big store parking lots. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with a textured surface and black shadows. As we traveled back to Grand Marais we watched the temperatures drop. It was 40 degrees when we pulled into town.

May
2017

May 31: It is a warm breezy day along the Lake Superior shore. The overcast skies quickly burned off leaving clear blue skies all the way to the horizon. Highs are in the lower 60's and you can watch the dandelions grow in the sun. The big lake is a deep blue with small waves from the south and a textured surface indicating the wind gusts.

May 30: Cloudy and cool today. Temps rose into the low 50's. Lake Superior is a pale blue gray and mostly calm.

May 29: Happy Memorial Day. We once again have a mixed bag of weather although temps are a little warmer today in the upper 50's and lower 60's. The apsen leaves are getting bigger by the day and even the quaking aspen right next to the shore are starting to leaf out.

May 28: The weather is a hodgepodge of rain, overcast, partly cloudy, and sun. The result is what you see on Lake Superior depends on the particular moment you decide to gaze out on her. Inspite of the weather our guests still are enjoying the lake and a campfire even though they need to seek shelter every so often.

May 27: There was a spectacular sunrise this morning if you were up early enough to enjoy it. A cloudbank on the horizon created a beautiful light display with the rising sun. Soon afterwards, light overcast skies have moved in and a haze over the lake is stopping the sun. I wouldn't be surprised if the sun burnes off this haze. Lake Superior is calm with a rippled surface.

May 26: We had a low of 46 and a high of 60 yesterday along Lake Superior. The lake had 1ft roller waves on a pale blue gray slightly textured surface. We had a wide variety of skies yesterday with varying degrees of clouds, overcast, mist, and light rain. The quaking aspen now have the noticable spring green hue and the paper birch are leafing out. The red osier dogwood is budding.

May 25: It was a beautiful spring day in Croftville with a low of 48 this morning and a high of 65 this afternoon. We had partly cloudy skies with plenty of sun. Lake Superior was a metallic blue with 2ft waves from the south brushing the shore. It was our first day of mowing this season, how does that compare with all my friends in southern Minnesota?

May 24: Traveled to Duluth today to watch our daughter's track meet. The night low was 37 but by morning it had climber to 51 degrees. The funny thing is that is where the temp stayed all day in the low 50's. When the sun was shining on you and you were out of the strong wind it was warm. Otherwise, you got colder and colder. Lake Superior was a slightly hazy blue gray with 1-3ft waves from the SE.

May 23: The sun tried to come out today but just didn't quite make it. Overcast skies and light rain was the order of the day in Croftville. The high was right around 50. Lake Superior was mostly calm and grayish blue.

May 22: We had a low of 36 and a high of 57. Lake Superior had 2-3ft blue gray waves from the SE. The aspens continue to leaf out dramatically changing the look of the boreal forest.

May 21: Dark skies cover the big lake and Croftville this morning. The rain began around 7pm last night and has continued through the night. Our overnight low was 44 and without any sun I don't think we will see 50 today. However, the rain is opening the buds on the quaking aspens adding a new leaf green to the forest-scape. Lake Superior is gray with a hint of green and has 2-3ft waves from the SE.

May 20: I watched the crescent moon rise in the early morning hours and begin to move across the sky. There were 2 ore frieghters passing by in the night suggesting poorer weather to the south. The morning was sunny but by noon overcast skies moved in with the feel of rain on its way. Lake Superior flexed its muscles a little bit with 3-4ft gray waves and whitecaps from the SE. Temps stayed in the 40's all day.

May 19: It was as beautiful day as we can get here in the spring along the big lake. Lots of sun, beautiful cumulus clouds, a brisk breeze, and a high of 57 after a low of 36 and frost on the ground and roofs. Lake Superior was a deep metallic blue with 2-3ft waves with some whitecaps from the SE.

May 18: The rain fell all night and continues to steadily come down this morning. Overnight low dropped to 40 and unless the overcast skies and rain end I don't think we will get any warmer than 50 today. Skies are dark gray with patches of white overcast. Lake Superior is a silver gray with 2ft waves from the ESE.

May 17: Surprisingly, no rain fell this morning in spite of dark ominous skies and strong winds. However, rain started coming down about 1pm and the moderate rain was steady for the rest of the day. Lake Superior is a dark gray with 203ft waves from the SE.

May 16: We are in the low 50's today. It looked like rain ever since we got up but the rain didn't actually start until noon. Skies are a gray overcast. Once the rain started the lake horizon became indistinct. Lake Superior has 1ft light bluish gray waves from the SE.

May 15: I drove to Duluth today to retrieve a replacement for a failed valve stem that I couldn't get in Grand Marais. Although there were dark clouds and foreboding weather in Grand Marais, it never got a drop of rain. However, the same could not be said for Two Harbors and Duluth. It was raining so hard in Two Harbors I had to pull off the road and wait for it to subside. Temps stayed in the mid 40's except in Duluth were it managed the low 50's on the hill. Lake Superior was a dark steel gray. It was fun to see that the quaking aspen was leafing out in Duluth. We can't be more than a week behind, but the aspens are barely budding in Grand Marais. Teresa saw her first hummingbird outside Cottage 3 today.

May 14: It's 47 this morning and the temperature is falling, hopefully not too far. We have cloudy skies with small patches of blue. Lake Superior is gray and textured with 1ft waves from the SE. There is also a white streak parallel with the shore about 50 yards out, perhaps a lake current.

May 13: Lake Superior was blue and textured with light streaks parallel with the shore. I often see these streaks in the winter. I think they are currents moving roughly parallel with the shore but no one has ever confirmed this with me. There was a low of 46 this morning and a high of 60. It was a partly sunny day with more clouds showing up later in the afternoon.

May 12: It managed to hit 60 today after starting at 34 this morning. Lake Superior is a pale blue with clear blue skies overhead. The surface is smooth with only small ripples for waves from the south. You can see all the rocks on the lake bed with the surface being so smooth. The tamaracks are starting to get back their spring needles. The birch and aspen are just starting to bud. Spring has finally sprung here along the lake.

May 11: The moon was full last night but the clouds kept it from coming out. However, there were enough breaking in the clouds that the backlighting from the full moon would light up parts of the thinner clouds. The sky looked like a batik cloth and was beautiful. I watched the sky each time I woke up during the night. This morning we woke up to blue skies with just a few high cirrus clouds. The overnight low was a surpisingly high 45 and it just might be a warm day. Lake Superior is blue with patches of textured surfaces and patches of smooth water.

May 10: The high for today is 53 which is right now at 9pm. We had frost this morning and it stayed in the low 40's all day. Skies were mostly cloudy with brief patches of blue opening up every once in awhile. Lake Superior was a buish gray and calm with textured patches out on the lake.
,br> May 9: Gitche Gumi had light gray overcast skies and a light gray textured surface with small waves from the SE. There was a low this morning of 42 and right now at 2:30 in the afternoon we are at 44.

May 8: The day started at 28, quickly rose to 54 in the sun, and then plummeted into the low 40's when the wind changed and started coming off the lake. Lake Superior was mostly calm with a silver blue textured surface and small waves coming from the SSW.

May 7: It was a cold and mostly sunny day. We started with frost this morning but managed to get to 50 just briefly this afternoon before dropping quickly back into the 30's. Lake Superior had 2ft blue waves from the SSW. The small breeze off the lake just refused to let things warm up for long.

May 6: We traveled down to Cloquet today for a track meet. It was wonderful to feel how warm the sun can make things when you are a half hour away from Lake Superior. I got a bad sunburn on my face because it hadn't even occurred to me that I should wear a hat to protect myself from the sun. I guess it is time to get my head back into summertime thinking even though it doesn't feel like it yet next to the lake. The clear blue skies had the lake a glistening silver blue with small waves from the SE.

May 5: Today was a demonstration in the ability of Lake Superior to instantly change the weather with a simple change in direction of the breeze. Skies had plenty of blue with a few large cumulus clouds. We had made it up to 54 in the early afternoon with the breeze coming down off the hill. The breeze changed to coming off the lake and in 10 minutes the temperatures plummetted 18 degrees down to 36. Spring is trying to come out but winter with the help of Gitche Gumi is still trying to hold on.

May 4: There was some scattered rain overnight but today the skies are mostly clear with an occasional cumulus cloud floating by. Overnight the low only went down to 41 and the sun is once again warming us up. Lake Superior has a smooth surface pale blue surface with small 6" waves from the SSW. The grass is a noticable shade of greener today and I saw that the gooseberries have begun to leaf out here along the shore.

May 3: The low this morning is 33 and there is frost on the roofs and the grass. However, we have clear blue skies and the sun now takng a high path through the sky will warm things up rapidly. Lake Superior is a light silver blue with navy shadows on its textured surface but there is no discernable direction for the small waves. There is a dark blue thin band on the horizon right next to the white horizon line.

May 2: What a difference a day can make. After a high of only 39 yesterday, today we hit 60 degrees here in Croftville. There was plenty of sun, a calm blue lake, and a gentle breeze. On the horizon we could see dark skies in northen Wisconsin and we were spared whatever weather they were getting.

May 1: May greets us with cold rain and wind. Lake Superior is gray with limited visibility and an absent horizon line. Once in a while the rain turned to sleet and freezing rain. Waves were 2-3ft from the SSW.

April
2017

Apr 30: It was a better than expected day in Croftville. We had mostly cloudy skies, a low of 40, and a a high of 47 along the lake. The weather people were predicting rain and snow but I guess it has been delayed until tomorrow. The lake turned from calm to 2-3ft waves from the south by mid morning.

Apr 29: We had a low of 30 and a high 49 today. There was plenty of sun and ice spring day here in Croftville. Lake Superior was surprisingly calm with only waves a little bigger thasn ripples from the south. Just past us from Colvill on our guests told us there was still 3-4 inches of snowcover from 2 days ago.

Apr 28: We have a morning low of 28 and I am hoping that temps rise quickly so I do not have to shovel snow and sprinkle sand before our guests in all 3 cottages arrive this afternoon. Skies are still mostly cloudy but I can see breaks in the clouds in places. The birds are out again this morning. They look fat but I know they just have their feathers puffed out to keep themselves warm. They seem to have a better attitude than I do knowing the snow is now only temporarily covering the signs of spring. Lake Superior is a dark greenish gray this morning with 2-3ft waves from the SSW.

Apr 27: Today was the return of winter. Woke up th 24 degrees and the crinkling sound of ice clinging fast to the trees but cracking as the trees swayed in the breeze. Last night I watched 4 ore freighters pass by all decked out in their lights. The snow started around 10am and continued until about 6pm leaving 1-2 inches of fresh snow on top of the 1 inch of sleet and ice deposited yesterday. We finally got up to freezing about 3pm before turning colder again. The most remarable thing of the day was watching the birds birds of every kind swarming about and faraging and pecking through the snow and sleet. I felt bad for them but they seemed to be having a great time.

Apr 26: We have woke up to freezing rain and sleet here along the North Shore. Schools are canceled and my help with the inn are staying home. Everything is covered with ice and it is not supposed to end until this late afternoon. They are predicting snow for tomorrow. Lake Superior is gray and the sky is white.

Apr 25: With a high of 49 and a low of 32 it was a cold spring day with occasionally cold rain coming down. The sun never was able to poke through the cloud cover. Lake Superior was gray with 2-3ft waves from the SSE. Our daughter's outdoor track meet in Two Harbors was canceled because of cold weather, rain, and wind.

Apr 24: We woke up to an inch of snow blanketing everything. The snow was gone by 10am but the cool temperatures continued through the day with a low of 31 and a high of 41. Skies overhead are gray and overcast. Lake Superior started the day with small waves that quickly grew with the cold wind to 5-6ft whitecaps from the ESE. These waves really churned things up and there was a broad band of brownish copper water for 50 yards from the shore.

Apr 23: Yesterday ended with a high of 62 before dropping back down to 35 last night. The waves built yesterday into 4-5ft rollers from the SSW. This morning Superior has calmed down and we are back to 1-2ft silver gray waves from the SSW. Skies overhead are cloud covered but the sun yesterday helped to add some green to the grass.

Apr 22: We had a low of 35 this morning but with mostly sunny skies things are warming up nicely. The big lake has a silver blue surface with navy shadows and 1-2ft waves from the south.

Apr 21: There were several lights from ships passing by Croftville last night. As the clouds waned, the stars came out in full force. This morning we have mostly clear skies with a few wisps of clouds scattered about. The lake has a highly textured surface of blues and 1-2ft waves from the south. Our morning low is 37 which is already warmer than all of yesterday.

Apr 20: Rain and sometimes snow was the recipe for today. The precipitation started before dawn and continued into the night. There were strong winds and 3-4ft gray waves out on Lake Superior. Just before I went to bed we started to see stars coming out as the cloud front dissipated. Apr 19: Warm temps with a high in the 50's and partly cloudy skies and lots of sun were found along Lake Superior today. The lake had bright blue 2-3ft waves from the SE.

Apr 18: It is cold and overcast today. There is occasional cold rain and mist falling. Lake Superior is gray with 2ft waves from the SSE. There is a hint of blue and green near the light horizon to the south. I woke up to 32 degrees and at 10am it is now a whopping 34 degrees. There is no sun to warm things up and there is the talk of possible snow. I just looked out the window and the snow has begun falling.

Apr 17: We left Northfield this morning at 52 degrees. A bit chilly after the amazing day yesterday but still comfortable. As we drove north on the interstate the temps gradually dropped until we were down to 46 in Cloquet. As we approached our descent from Thompson hill into Duluth we watched the temperatures drop 11 degrees to 35 at the bottom of the hill. Welcome back to the reality of the North Shore. We heard it was only 26 in Grand Marais but by the time we got back to Grand Marais a warm temperature mass had moved in and it was a balmly 34. When we weren't dodging dear we noticed fresh snow deposited on the needles of the fir and spruce trees.

Apr 16: It was a beautiful southern Minnesota spring day. We had a cool crisp morning, clear blue skies allowed the sun to warm things up for a shirt sleeve afternoon. You could actually notice the difference in the buds and small leaves opening up from morning to evening.

Apr 15: It was uncomfortaly humid last night when we got to Prior Lake. We enjoyed a thunderstorm during the night and by morning the humidity was better and the temps a little cooler. It was fun to hear the strong rain and the thunder. I think the last thunder we heard in Grand Marais was back in November.

Apr 14: We are heading south to Faribault for Easter and a couple days with our son at Saint Olaf. A happy Easter weekend to all our friends in Grand Marais, I heard it is supposed to rain. We will be back on Monday. In the meantime, I will let you know all about spring in SE Minnesota that according to our son, Joey, is in full bloom. For those of you heading north, we will wave to you on the interstate.

Apr 13: It is a beautiful spring day along the Croftville Road. Although we have clear blue skies overhead, the horizon over the lake is indistinct melding from a pale blue placid lake to a white haze and then finally back into a pale blue sky. This is a common look in the summer but the first time I have noticed it this spring. The low was 33 and our high so far is 48 late this afternoon.

Apr 12: Down to 28 this morning and up to 53 this afternoon. The breeze off the lake made it seem cooler and that cold air blew right into the inn. Lake Superior was blue with a hint of green against light blue skies and a lot of sun.

Apr 11: It was cold at 31 this morning but the sun warmed things to 53 this afternoon before things rapidly cooled off back to 32 after sunset. Lake Superior was a steel blue and we got to see a freighter pass by.

Apr 10: The wind went crazy last night. Windows were whistling, trees were creaking, and the lake was rolling. It has calmed down a little this morning. There are 2-3ft blue green waves from the SE. The temperature started the day at 51 and then dropped through the morning to 35 before rebounding this afternoon back to 42. Looking across the lake we can see that we are lucky with the gray and white cloud cover. Northern Wisconsin has dark blue and black clouds over it.

Apr 9: It is warm out this morning already at 52 degrees. Clouds have moved in overnight and we now have gray overcast skies. Lake Superior is also gray with 6 inch waves from the SSW gently brushing the shore.

Apr 8: I noticed today that the snow on our septic mounds is now gone. There is stil some melting drifts in the woods and there is the piled snow still on the north side of our cottages. But overall, the snow cover is now mostly gone down by Lake Superior. It was 54 today after a low of 31 this morning. What a great day to be outside in shirt sleeves.

Apr 7: It is a beautiful day here in Croftville along Lake Superior. We have guests hiking the rocks on our shore and just enjoying the lake. The high this afternoon is in the low 50's.

Apr 6: It was a little cooler today but still a georgeous early April day with lots of sun. Lake Superior had 2-3ft blue waves from the south. We had a high of 49 and a low of 33.

Apr 5: There was a low of 37 and a high of 60 today although it did not feel as warm as yesterday. Lake Superior was calm and light blue and there was only the faintest breeze. Overhead there were a few wisps of clouds in the largely blue sky. I saw our fox trotting down the road tonight with something about the size of a chipmunk in his mouth. He wouldn't even stop to look at me when I was talking to him which is unusual for this curious fox.

Apr 4: There was a low this morning of 35 and a high this afternoon of 60. I am not sure the last time we saw 60 degrees along the lake but my guess is October. There has been a dark blue band along the Lake Superior horizon, sometimes it is fairly wide and sometimes it is quite thin. Whatever it is, I have no idea what is causing it. The rest of the lake is fairly unremarkable with a light blue gray mostly calm surface. However, the day was gorgeous with some sun, partly cloudy skies, and warmth. The large drift between the inn and my temporary workshop that has been causing me grief since Christmas finally disappeared today.

Apr 3: We got light rain here in Croftville starting late yesterday afternoon. This morning it is misting and the sky is a dark overcast. The uniformly gray lake has only ripples coming in from the SSE. The low this morning was 35 degrees and it is presently 42.

Apr 2: We open the day with blue skies with light high clouds and 36 degrees down by the lake. We have 1ft waves from the SE undulating over the blue textured surface with navy shadows. I slept in so I missed the sunrise. The horizon line is a crisp dark blue against white.

Apr 1: The air is still and Lake Superior is still this morning. We have mostly cloudy skies with a smattering of blue overhead. The lake horizon has a darker overcast sky to the south. Gitche Gumi is a light gray with dark gray shadows on its slightly textured surface. It stayed warm overnight and I woke up to 44 degrees. That is certinly the warmest overnight temp of the year and depending on what those overcast skies to the south decide to do.

March
2017

Mar 31: March went out with a spectacular day here in Croftville. We had an overnight low of 31 and a high of 47 with lots of sun and a few clouds. The big lake was at its best with 2-4ft bright blue waves from the SE.

Mar 30: We had a low of 32 and a high of 48 today along the North Shore with mostly clear skies and a brisk wind. Lake Superior waves grew from 2ft this morning to 3-4ft this afternoon. From what I understand it was warmer hear than in southern Minnesota today.

Mar 29: The orange sun is just coming up over the clear horizon. It is now noticable how much the sunrise has moved out of the southern skies and is creeping northward as the equinox has now passed. Except near the sunrise, Lake Superior has 1-2ft blue waves with navy shadows from the SSE. Our low this morning is 33.

Mar 28: There was a low of 32 and a high of 48 today. This was or us along Croftville Road the warmest day this spring. The skies were mostly clear with lots of sun and it felt like spring. Up until now many of our warm days felt more like late fall or early winter, but today was definately spring. Even the cat was excited and behaving frisky as she looked for anything that moved that she could hunt. Waves on the big lake were 1-2ft, blue, and from the south.

Mar 27: The temperatures continue to linger in the 30's just above freezing and today looks to be the same with a low of 32 overnight. Overcast skies are overhead but off on the lake horizon there is a band of lighter skies. The 1-2ft waves have shifted and are now from the SSW. Lake Superior is light blue with olive green shadows.

Mar 26: At 36 degrees, I guess it is too warm to snow so we have a light rain coming down this morning. Lake Superior was really roaring in the middle of the night but it has calmed down to just 2ft bluish green waves with olive shadows from the SSE this morning. The snow continues to melt with about half of the ground now bare.

Mar 25: The waves began to stir in the middle of the night and it was good to hear the sound of the lake again. Morning was overcast with 2-3ft gray waves from the SE. Blue skies and sun broke through at times through the day. Temps stayed above freezing.

Mar 24: Even though it didn't get down to freezing overnight, the 30's was still cold enough to drop sleet, ice, and snow on us from the sky. It was a pretty snow coming down hard at times in the dark. It reminded me more or one of those late October or early November snows that you know have no chance of lasting for long on the ground, but are so fun to walk in while it is snowing. We woke up to 1-2 inches of wet icy snow. Skies are lightly overcast and this lake is placid and silver gray to match the sky. It is already 41 at 10am.

Mar 23: It is much warmer this morning, in fact, it acutally warmed up overnight and we woke up to 30 degrees and heavy snow coming down. Visibility on the bluish gray lake was only a half mile. We don't expect much accumulation and whatever accumulates will be quite wet.

Mar 22: It was quite cold this morning with a low of 12 here on the lake and 6 below up on the trail. The temps rose finally into the upper 20's but did not even get to 30. Lake Superiot had 2-3ft blue roller waves all the way from the ESE.

Mar 21: It was 28 this morning but felt much colder with the humidity and the wind. We had snow flurries for a couple hours but when they ended the sun came out and it was quite comfortable in the sun even though the high was only 32. Lake Superior was blue with 2ft waves from the SSW.

Mar 20: It is the first day of spring and it feels like it here in Croftville. We had a low of 31 and a high of 47 with lots of sun. The snow was melting and Lake Superior had 2-3ft blue gray waves from the south.

Mar 19: With a low of 26 last night and with the melting snow yesterday there is plenty of ice to slip on this morning. But temps are quickly rising even though the sky is a gray overcast this morning. The horizon line is a white band indicating better weather in northern Wisconsin. Lake Superior is blue green with dark olvie shadows an 1-2ft waves from the SSE.

Mar 18: The wind is out this morning and gusts are buffeting the lake and then moving out across the water. There is no waves action this morning but the surface is highly textured with light blue highlights and steel blue and black shadows. There is a dark heavy band of clouds over the lake and then a lighter band of clouds on the horizon. However, overhead are blue skies with only an occasional wisp of a cloud. The low this morning is 28 but it is expected to get into the 40's today.

Mar 17: Low overnight was 32 but that was enough for us to get 2-3 inches of wet snow this morning. By afternoon it was done and as the temperaures rose further into the 30's much of the snow turned into slush. Heavy wet snow is miserable for shoveling. I noticed that many people have opted for waiting for warmer temperatures to take care of the snow instead. When the snow ended, the fog began. There was limited visibility on the big lake today.

Mar 16: It is getting warmer. No ice on the lake this morning with 15 degrees. It is now 35 this afternoon and still rising. Lake Superior has 2ft greenish blue waves from the south with clear blue skies overhead.

Mar 15: Beware of the Ides of March. With a low of 15 this morning and a calm Lake Superior it is now official. There is ice on the lake here in Croftville this morning and also yesterday morning. You can see patches of roughness on the calm lake that is ditinctively small ice pieces that are reflecting and refracting the sunlight. So, the first ice on Lake Superior in Croftville for this winter season was spotted on March 14.

Mar 14: My daughter reminded me to say Happy Pi Day today. It has become almost a holiday in school math classes. There was a low of 7 and a high of 30 today. Plenty of sun and blue skies and in spite of the air temperature being below freezing, the strong sun was heating objects up and melting snow. The big lake was blue and calm. it almost looked like there might be ice cubes floating on the surface this morning but I couldn't tell for sure. If they were, they will be back although I thought that with the late date it was too late to begin seeing ice on the lake here.

Mar 13: Well, they had 11" of lake effect snow in Duluth, my son said there was a blizzard going on at Saint Olaf, but we got nothing here in Cook County last night. This morning we have crisp blue clear skies, a low of 7, and a stark blue lake with a textured surface and black shadows with tiny waves from the SSE. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful and crisp day with a high in the teens.

Mar 12: This morning we are in the single digits with a clear horizon and clear skies. The yellow sun popped up over the horizon and got me out of bed. Last night the near full moon lit up our bedroom all night with the crisp clear skies. Lake Superior has a blue textured surface with 1ft waves from the SSE.

Mar 11: It was a cold day here along the lake starting with a low of 3 below, rising to a high of 25, and then dropping back into the single digits. We had clear skies overhead with a cloudmass over the lake in the morning due to the frigid temps. That disappeared by late morning leaving Lake Superior a deep blue with only small 1ft waves from the SSE.

Mar 10: The winds are gone, the waves are small, and the big lake is quiet. It's one of those times when the quiet is almost deafening after the heavy waves and winds of the last 3 days. We are left with 1ft blue waves from the SSW, a purple horizon, and clear blue skies overhead. Temps have returned to winter this morning with a low of 2 below zero down here by the lake.

Mar 9: It was colder this morning with a low of 9 and a high this afternoon of 25. Even though it stayed well below freezing, the bright sun high in the sky in March still has the ability to melt the snow in places. We still have strong winds today but in comparison to the past couple days they seem almost trivial. Waves on Superior are still from the SSW but have subsided down to only 3-4ft. There is plenty of sun and this makes the lake bright blue with silver highlights from the sun's reflection.

Mar 8: The high winds are less and the waves of yesterday have reduced. We have a light overcast sky with 15 degrees this morning. Lake Superor is blue green with 4-6ft waves with whitecaps from the SSW.

Mar 7: We had a high of 44 when we woke up and it dropped steadily to 18 degrees this evening. We had rain which turned to snow in the morning but then it stopped and turned to mostly cloudy skies the rest of the day with the sun occasionally peeking out. But the big news of the day was the wind. We had unceasing high winds all day with hurricane force gusts. It was hard to stand up outside. And of course these winds churned up the largest waves I have seen this winter on Lake Superior. There were 6-8ft waves from the SSW with enormous blue green whitecaps. You could hear the waves knocking the large rocks together on the shore.

Mar 6: We woke up to 39 degrees this morning. We have had light rain overnight and with the dark gray skies I expect that light rain will continue today. Lake Superior is a light silver gray with a highly textured surface and 2ft waves from the SE. The horizon line disappears into the mist over the lake.

Mar 5: It warmed up to 32 by this morning and temps continued to slowly rise all day long. Right now at 6pm we are at the high for the day of 37. At sunrise there was a cloudbank on the southern and eastern horizons delaying the sunrise over the clouds by about an hour. But shortly after that overcast skies took over. Lake Superior had 3-4ft silver gray waves from the SE crashing the shore.

Mar 4: Sunrise in Croftville was orange, peaceful, and beautiful. The sky had just a few small clouds whose tops were a dark purple and their undersides white and yellow from the rising sun. A brisk wind and an intermittent sun kept the temps just over freezing. Lake Superior had 2-3ft blue waves from the SE.

Mar 3: It was a stunning sunrise over the lake this morning at quarter to 7 with an amazing variety of oranges and yellows. It was also quite cold with and overnight low of 1 and a high today only of 23. However, if 1 above is the best March can muster aftre all the warm temps this winter, I don't think we will be seeing any ice on Superior here in Croftville. There was clear skies and you can feel the power of the sun higher in the sky even with the cold temps.

Mar 2: We mustered up a high of 35 today. Lake Superior had 3ft gray rollers from the SE that broke right at the shore. Overhead, we had mostly cloudy skies with the sun peaking out once in a while.

Mar 1: The first day of March came in like a lamb so we had better watch out for the end of the month. We had a low this morning of 15 and a high of 35. The horizon line was a dark purple blue most of the day but we just had light overcast skies. Lake Superior had 3ft blue gray rollers that broke only just before they got to shore.

February
2017

Feb 28: The day started with a couple inches of light snow. The snowploughs must be getting anxious because they ploughed Croftville Road twice this morning with only 2" of light snow. Usually they wouldn't with that little snow. We had a high of 35 and low of 25 today. Skies remained overcast and the lake remained mostly calm with a pale blue gray surface.

Feb 27: We had a low of 12 and high of 32 today. The skies were clear last night and we could enjoy the stars. We had another beautiful sunrise over the lake but skies began to cloud up after that remaining overcast the rest of the day. Lake Superior had a hazy horizon, small waves, and a light gray surface.

Feb 26: It got down to 12 last night but this morning it is already 24 at 9am. It was clear during the night but as morning drew near it clouded up over the lake and about 8am we started getting big fluffy snowflakes. It is probably lake effect snow. Lake Superior now has a hazy horizon with large 4ft smooth roller waves from the south. The lake has a pale silver blue color.

Feb 25: The wind gusts off the hill must have be near hurricane speeds. They buffet the lake's sky blue and silver surface and then you cane watch the gust move out onto the lake. The winds are so strong that they are suppressing the waves from getting back to the shore. However, if you look outward you can see huge waves with whitecaps further out. The gusts hit the surface so hard there is a spray mist over the surface of the lake.

Feb 24: It has cooled off and we stayed below freezing today signaling an end to our latest Minnesota thaw that reached all the way to Grand Marais. Skies are blue and mosrtly clear. Lake Superior is also blue with 1-2ft small waves. We still have snowcover but until we get fresh snow the snow has a hard crust on it.

Feb 23: We had a small rainstorm last night but it ended before it turned to snow although the radar claimed it was snow. Overnight we had a 29 low but we are back up to 39 this afternoon. Lake Superior has small black waves with silver reflections from the SSW.

Feb 22: There was a high of 42 today along Croftville. The warm weather and sun from the last week has almost completely eliminated the ice built up on the shore from the spray of the waves. We can once again see our dark basalt beach. Lake Superior has small waves from the south but the most striking feature is the black and silver surface of the lake as the sun reflects off the surface in the middle of the day.

Feb 21: We had a low last night of 37 and our snow continues to melt. Today we have mostly clear blue skies with patch of light clouds. It was a spectacular red and orange sunrise over the lake with 3-4ft bluye waves from the south.

Feb 20: The rain began about 11am and continued all day and partway through the night. It was so funny to hear the sound of falling rain especially in the middle of February in Grand Marais. We had a high of 44 and a low of 37 which in combination with the rain has really been taking a toll on our snow cover. There are now some patches of bare ground down here by the lake. However, that may be short-lived since there is supposed to be a winter storm coming in on the 24th. What crazy winter weather.

Feb 19: It didn't even get down to freezing last night and with the clear skies I expect another day in the 40's here in Croftville. Lake Superior is mostly calm and a pale white that melds into the pale white horizon seamlessly. We had a gorgeous red and orange sunrise over the lake this morning.

Feb 18: The middle of February and it was 53 degrees here in Croftville next to Lake Superior. With weather like this, I doubt there will be any ice in our area on Lake Superior this winter. The sun and the warmth felt like a late April or May day. In spite of the clear skies, Lake Superior was almost black except where the sun was reflecting off the lake in blinding white and silver light. We had only 1-2ft waves from the south in spite of the hard gusts of wind.

Feb 17: It got up to 43 today in Croftville. That sounds like that might be one of the lowest temps in the state today with southern Minnesota in the 60's and the Iron Range in the 50's. Either way, it felt nice to have the warm sun on your face. Last night the moon backlit the cloud cover making the sky almost look like a batik.

Feb 16: It was cloudy today with temps in the teens to upper 20's. Lake Superior was a light gray with small waves from the south.

Feb 15: It was cold today. We had a low of 14 overnight and a high of 24 although it didn't feel that warm. The wind made things worse and the humidity in the air made it feel colder yet. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves from the SSE.

Feb 14: The winds were back today, there were just horrendous gusts just like 2 days ago. We had sun at times, but we also had some beautiful cloudbanks over the lake. Temps got up to 37 today. Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the south. For awhile, the waves were black and blue except opposite the sun where the reflactions were blinding white and silver.

Feb 13: The winds subsided, there was lots of sun, and it was warm today getting up to 41 degrees after a morning low of 21. Lake Superior had 2ft bright blue waves from the south.

Feb 12: What a windy Sundy. The gusts could knock us off our feet at times. It was a mostly clear day with lots of sun. We had a high of 35 and a low of 20. Lake Superior had 4-6ft blue green waves with whitecaps.

Feb 11: We ended up yesterday with about 6" of snow and the winds creating some of the biggest drifts I have seen along the north shore (still small potatoes compared to SE Minnesota). Today my arms and back are aching from the shoveling. It is still a white overcast but we did have sun just briefly around sunrise. Unfortunatley, we were inable to see the eclipse of the full moon last night. Lake Superior is realtively calm with small black and gray waves from the south.

Feb 10: We are in the middle of a snowstorm. Temperatures rose during the night from 15 to 23 and the snow and wind began sometime during the night. Lake Superior has 4-5ft gray waves from the south with large whitcaps. There is limited visibility maybe only 200 yards or so out on the lake. The winds are making drifts and forcing the falling snow almost horizontal. If is was in southern Minnesota I might call this a blizzard.

Feb 9: It is cold this morning, 6 below at 7am right next to the lake. This low a temp next to the lake when the lake is not frozen is quite rare. That big body of water at 32 degrees make it very difficult to get these frigid temps along the lake when it may be in the 20 below or colder up on the trail. Looks like clear skies overhead but there is the massive dark cloud forming over Lake Superior from the steam rising off the water. We have 2ft grayish waves from the SSW splashing on the shore and creating ice covered rocks.

Feb 8: After a high of 18 yesterday, it cooled down to 3 last night here along the lake. It is way below zero up on the trail. We got another 2" of snow last night but today we have clear blue skies. Looking at northern Wisconsin and the UP there is a dark cloud mass thaty looks like snow down that way. Lake Superior is blue with a textured surface. The small waves are too small to discern their direction.

Feb 7: There is light snow falling this morning. So far we have had about 2". The hard icy snow resulting from the long January thaw is now blanketed with 12" of fresh light snow over the past few days. Overnight the low was 9 degrees but it is already up to 15 at 8am. Lake Superior is a greenish gray with 1ft waves from the SE. The skies are a blue gray overcast and much darker than you would expect for the morning. Perhaps that is an indication of morem snow on the way?

Feb 6: There was snow overnight and this morning. We had about 4" of fresh fluffy snow here by Lake Superior. Skies are white overcast and we had a high of 25. The big lake is mostly calm with a gray textured surface.

Feb 5: We started at 11 degrees this morning and ended at 25 this afternoon. The winds from last night drifted the fresh snow requiring us to shovel all over again. Skies are partly cloudy with plenty of sun coming out this afternoon. Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves with whitecaps against a deep vlue surface.

Feb 4: The snow started about 8am and 5-6 inches fell before it ended in the afternoon. It is fluffy snow but the wind is blowing it around creating drifts in some areas which means plenty of shoveling. Lake Superior has poor visibility but there are 3-4ft greenish gray waves from the SSW.

Feb 3: It was cold and sunny. We had a low of 1 below and a high of 24. Lake Superior had bright blue 2-4ft waves from the SSW. The sun was so bright reflecting off the snow that it was almost blinding.

Feb 2: It cooled down yesterday afternoon ending up with a low this morning of 1 below. We have a strong wind and clear blue skies except for the white cloud mass forming over the lake with the cold temps. There are 2ft waves from the south on a blackish blue lake with silver highlights on Lake Superior.

Feb 1: It was cold this morning with a low of 9 but it has warmed up to 17 at noon. There are clear skies overhead and a bank of white clouds on the lake horizon. Lake Superior is a deep blue with dark olive shadows and white highlights when the sun reflects off the 2ft waves from the south.

January
2017

Jan 31: It warmed up through the night after depositing 3 inches of fresh light snow. We have 28 degrees this morning with white overcast skies. Lake Superior is gray and calm with cloudy skies over it and a blue horizon line. The fresh snow has now covered up the bare roads and the hard crusty snowcover after the thaw from last week.

Jan 30: There was a low last night of 12 and we have quickly jumped into the 20's by noon. Light snow is on the way, you can feel it in the air even without looking at the radar. Skies are a light gray overcast with a brisk wind from the south off the lake. The big lake is blue green with dark olive shadows and 2-3ft waves from the south.

Jan 29: We had sun and crisp weahter today. The morning started around 15, warmed up to about 20 before dropping off again this evening. Currently it is 13. Superior was a brilliant blue with small waves and silver highlights. We had just a dusting of snow this morning.

Jan 28: We picked up our son at Saint Olaf last night. It was amazing to see the the snow cover is gone from Duluth to the northern suburbs. The southern suburbs and south did have a small fresh snow cover but before the snow earlier this week the snow cover had vanished. It is interesting to compare that with Cook County where in spite of the lengthy thaw that left the southern two thirds of the state without snow, Cook County still has a decent albeit hard snow cover along Lake Superior and really good trail conditions inland and up the Gunflint.

Jan 27: This morning we woke up to 24 degrees. As we traveled to Duluth temps approached 30. It is nice to have some sun with the partly cloudy skies. Lake Superior is a dark blue with silver shadows when the sun is out. Only modest 1-2ft waves on the lake.

Jan 26: The thaw feels like it is coming to an end tonight with our low for the day so far at 30 degrees after a high this afternoon of 37. There was a little sun today and it felt so good to be outside. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with small waves from the SE and a textured surface.

Jan 25: Today we had a low of 30 and a high of 41. The wind was gusting from the west. Lake Superior was a grayish blue and skies were generally a dark overcast. They were predicting the snow falling in southern Minnesota was going to make it to us. It never did, but it could explain the dark skies to the south. Last night we finally got below freezing by Lake Superior for the first time in over a week. What a crazy streak of warm weather.

Jan 24: And the remarkable but now disappointing thaw continues with a low this morning of 34 and a high of 42. Down by the lake much of our beautiful snow base we had a week ago is now slush that will turn to near ice when temps return to normal. Talking to guests most of the snow in southern Minnesota is now gone and they will have to start over for their winter sports. Luckiy, up the trail conditions are still good here.

Jan 23: We had a high this afternoon of 39 and a low of 34 this morning. Lake Superior had 1ft waves again from the SE. It was different out today. The overcast skies broke into partly cloudy skies with small bouts of sun and then rain later this afternoon. It finally feels like the weather may be changing and the end to our January thaw may not be far away.

Jan 22: We had a high yesterday of 38 and a low of 35 this morning. Right now it is 37 with lightly overcast blue gray skies. Our January thaw continues today as our snow cover by the lake becomes wetter and wetter. The lake horizon is crsip with a faint white cloudbank just over it. Lake Superior is a dark blue gray with small 1ft waves from the SE.

Jan 21: The sky is gray. The temperature is 36 this morning. Lake Superior is gray and the 1-2ft waves have shifted to the SE for the first time in over a week. The January thaw is expected to continue today.

Jan 20: It's hard to believe, but we had a high of 41 today next to the lake. It only got to 32 last night. There was no sun with dark gray overcast skies. Right around dusk it finally started to lightly rain. Lake Superior was calm and gray.

Jan 19: It is a gray overcast day in the 30's. Gitche Gumi has 1-2ft green waves with navy shadows from the SSW. The horizon disappears into the haze over the lake.

Jan 18: Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves with whitecaps from the south this morning. They are a deep blue with black shadows. Skies are becoming an overcast white and our January thaw continues with a high of 39 and a low of 28. We can see some bare pavement in places on the Croftville Road for the first time since before Christmas.

Jan 17: We woke up to an almost calm light blue Lake Superior against a hazy white horizon but with bright blue skies overhead. Temps were already in the 20's and the high should be in the 30's as we see our first thaw since Christmas.

Jan 16: Wow, a high of 38 down by the lake today after a morning low of 13. It felt good to feel the sun against your skin. Lake Superior was a light blue and relatively calm with a textured surface. The Soo Locks are now officially closed and the last of the ore freighters have harbored in Duluth or got off Lake Superior for the next couple months. We will miss seeing the freighters pass by.

Jan 15: We had a morning low of 9 and warmed up to 32 this afternoon. Lake Superior this morning was a pure deep blue with silver highlights against a crisp white horizon line with a faint white cloudbank all along the lake horizon. The lake itself was realtively calm with a textured surface.

Jan 14: A cloud bank showed up overnight and hid our full moon from view. I think the cloudbank helped to warm things up overnight and temps continued to rise today with a high of 28. For the most part we had overcast white skies and 2-3ft dark roller waves from the south.

Jan 13: It is 12 below this morning but is expected to warm all the way into the teens today. The big lake is calm compared to yesterday. It has only 1-2ft roller waves from the south that are gently breaking on the shore. The lake's surface is textured with black shadows and grayish blue highlights. There is an enormous black cloud mass over the lake from the steam rising off the surface and the sun is yet to rise above this black cloud into the clear skies above. There will be a full moon tonight but it felt more than full already last night as the clear skies and the moonlight reflecting off the water and the snow made it feel like daytime outside.

Jan 12: We had a morning low of 6 below next to the lake and a high of only 5 above today. The wind off the lake was relentless with gusts that could knock you off your feet. That wind churned up 6-7ft waves wiht huge whitecaps that crashed into the shore with a deafening din. The waves were from the SSW and near the shore they were a transluscent blue green. Gitche Gumi almost seemed human showing off the power it could yield.

Jan 11: It was a strange day temperature wise. We started the morning with our high in the teens and then temps steadily dropped. It was 5 below by dusk. Lake Superior had large 3-4ft waves from the south and a powerful wind that made it feel much colder than it was. However, the clear blue skies and sun was really pleasant.

Jan 10: It rained briefly late last night and covered our cars with ice. By morning it was snowing and snowed all day long. So we have, all told, about 5 new inches of snow. Our high was 32 some time during the night and our low is right now at dusk at 25. Lake Superior has a purplish blue surface with 3-4ft rollers from the SSE. Jan 9: The lake roared last night and once when I woke up there was an ore freighter passing by less than a mile from shore. By morning the dark blue waves had calmed down to 3ft from the south. We also had about an inch of snow last night and perhap another inch has fallen so far today. The pale blue overcast sky is beautiful and the snow is picturesque.

Jan 8: It was another cold day starting the day a little below zero and working its way up to about 10 above. However, the big story of the day is the wind and the brutal windchills if you had to head into the wind. The Lake Superior waves from the SSW kept building all day with 5-6ft waves with impressive whitecaps by the day's end. Ore freighters contnue to pass by even though partially obscured by the steam rising off the lake into the frigid air.

Jan 7: We had a low of 4 below and a high of 9 today. Lake Superior still had the steam climbing into the large cloud mass over the lake while we had clear blue skies overhead.

Jan 6: It was another cold day with a low of 11 below here next to the lake, plenty of wind, and a high of only 5. A good day to stay inside.

Jan 5: The bitter cold continues with a low of 7 below last night and a high today of 5 above. The winds made it not fit outside for man nor beast. The clear skies overhead remained as did the steam rising into the cloud mass over the lake. Lake Superior had short 1-2ft waves again from the SSW.

Jan 4: We had a low of 2 below and a high of 5 here next to Lake Superior. We had clear skies overhead and the familiar steam rising in curliques off the lake into a large cloud hovering over the surface. We had 1ft short and choppy blue and black waves from the SSW. The ore freighters passing by were partially obscured in the steam giving a ghostlike appearance.

Jan 3: Weather turned sour yesterday as soon as we left Grand Marais. Visibility was bad with the falling, blowing, and drifting snow all the way to Duluth. After Duluth travel was on mostly dry pavement but then it turned to rain in Minneapolis which eventuall turned to freezing rain later last night. Today the pavement was pretty good traveling back to Croftville, but the wind was so strong I had to reduce my speed to 60 to keep our van on the interstate. So nice to be back in Grand Marais and as I go to bed the temps is 15 degrees. However, a cold front has been following me all the way from Minneapolis and they are predicting much colder temps for us tonight.

Jan 2: Woke up without the predeicted snow. Lake Superior had ore freighters passing by during the night. This morning we have 3ft bluish gray rollers from the SSW. I am traveling to southern Minnesota today and expect to run into the storm that has not yet made it to Grand Marais. The low this morning was 10.

Jan 1: Happy 2017. The year begins with gray overcast skies and the chance of more snow looming with a winter storm warning. Light snow fell most of the afternoon and one of our guests opted to leave tonight while the roads are still good rather than leaving in the morning. Temps are in the teens and 20's. Lake Superior has 3-4ft gray rollers from the south.

December
2016

Dec 31: We had 5 inches of fresh fluffy snow last night. There was a low of 11 this morning and a high of 26 this afternoon. Lake Superior was blue and smooth with 3ft roller waves from the SE reflecting the brilliant blue winter sky. Guests have told me that cross country ski conditions are excellent.

Dec 30: The clear skies and stars from last night were replaced by white overcast skies this morning. Lake Superior is a calm pale blue which blends almost seamlessly into the pale blue gray horizon. The morning low was 11. So far the high this afternoon is 19. Snow is supposed to be on the way and is already falling in neighboring Lake County.

Dec 29: There were many ore freighters passing by today, some quite close to the shore. The lake had 3-4ft waves from the south against a white overcast sky and steady winds. Temps stayed in the 20's all day long.

Dec 28: Lake Superior had 3ft blue roller waves again from the SSW. Partly cloudy skies turned to snow that lasted most of the day accumulating about 3" of fluffy snow. Temps were in the mid 20's and there was no noticable wind.

Dec 27: It is nice to be back to Lake Superior. This morning the horizon to the south was dark and heavy overcast in northern Wisconsin and the UP. However, we have clear skies over us. Lake Superior has 3ft dark blue roller waves from the SSW.

Dec 26: We traveled north today from Rochester. It was dry pavement through the twin cities but the winds from the west made it difficult to keep our van on the road as it was knocked around. From Hinckley to Duluth there were numerous accidents and treacherous conditions. In Duluth the roads were quite good but the expressway to Two Harbors was terrible. After Two Harbors road conditions continued to improve. By the time we were in Cook County the pavement was mostly dry. It looked like Grand Marais receieved about 6-8 inches of snow earlier in the day but that the plows had cleared the roads making them in good condition. I can't wait to see the lake again tomorrow but for now I must just enjoy the sound of the lake buffeting the shore.

Dec 25: It rained most of the day in Rochester. At times there were heavy downpours. I can only imagine how much snow would have fallen if it had been 5-10 degrees colder. As it was, most the the day it was in the upper 30's and low 40's. Seems out of character to have a heavy rainstorm on Christmas Day. Our innkeeper said it was just as warm here but when the precipitation came to Croftville it was in the form of a few inches of slushy snow.

Dec 24: It looks like a mostly cloudy day this Christmas Eve with a little sun poking through still this morning. Lake Superior has 1-2ft waves with long distances between crests from the SSW. The sunrise is geourgeous as the sun peeks above the first thin line of clouds to the SE. We had a low overnight of only 31 and that is probably about where the temperature is going to stay today as we travel south to spend Christmas Eve with family. Merry Christmas to you. Dec 23: Not much sun today. It even was raining in Duluth for my shopping trip. We had a high of 38 here next to Lake Superior. The snow was wet and perfect for guests to make snowman and snow angels. Sometimes I forget that snow can be lots of fun and not just work. My kids going out cross country skiing and children of our guests help to remind me of this. Lake Superior has 2-3ft dark blue waves from the south and is stunning.

Dec 22: We had an overnight low of 21 and a high today of 35. I greatly appreciated the colder temps this morning in aiding the use of the snowblower. By afternoon it was too wet to blow. There was one of the most gorgeous sunrises on Lake Superior this morning, everyone in town was talking about it and my wife was busy snapping pictures. The light cloud front on the horizon was emblazed with colors as the sun came up over the horizon. The sticky 5-7" of snowfall from yesterday was sticking to everything making Croftville Road look like a winter wonderland.

Dec 21: Removing the snow from yesterday was the first order of business for today. By the time we were done at noon a new batch of 5-7" of wet heavy snow started coming down. I just stood and watched it pile up over all our hard work and just hoped that it might cool off enough tonight to make it cold enough to use the snowblower. Our high during all of this was 38 and the heavy snowfall made Lake Superior invisible.

Dec 20: More snow fell overnight, about 3 inches. Temps continued to rise overnight and by this afternoon we had a high of 36. The new snow is heavy and wet. Lake Superior broke into blue skies this afternoon which were reflected into a birght blue lake with 1-2ft waves and a rippled surface. Strong winds buffeted cars and people alike.

Dec 19: Lake effect snow began falling in the morning with a temperature of 6 degrees. By the time it quit around noon we had 5" of fluffy snow and rising temperautres into the teens. Visibility on the lake just showed a white wall.

Dec 18: It was a bitter cold evening with a low temp of 16 below zero next to Lake Superior. It must have been much colder away from the lake. We stayed inside as much as possible and temps never got above zero all day.

Dec 17: They had predicted 5-10 inches of snow for here but we got less than an inch last night. The heavier snow just never made it this far north. Temps started at 4 above this morning and then continued to fall through the day ending up at 4 below by night break. Lake Superior was relatively calm and skies overhead were blue.

Dec 16: We saw a couple ore freighters pass by today. Lake Superior had 1-2ft blue gray waves from the south. There is snow on the way. It is snowing in Duluth right now and there is heavy snow in the southern part of Minnesota.

Dec 15: The morning began at 4 below but has been rising all morning. We had 10 degrees at noon with all the sun overhead. The winds subsided this morning leaving the big lake with only 1-2ft blue waves from the SSW. The cloud bank over the lake began to dissipate this afternoon probably because we are up at 10 degrees.

Dec 14: It was 3 degrees when I woke up this morning and that was the high for the day. Temps slowly and steadily decreased throughout the day with 4 below at sunset. The violent looking cloud mass over the lake continued to grow as the steam rose off the surface. The surface was roughly textured with 2-3ft dark blue waves from the SSW. The wind off the lake made it almost unbearable outside with the lake putting its most inhospitable foot forward.

Dec 13: It got down to 3 degrees this morning. With these very cold temps the steam rising off Lake Superior has formed that dark cloud mass over the lake that is familiar when the temperatures drop below zero. Lake Superior is violent looking with steam rising off a bluish black lake with a highly textured surface and 3-4ft waves from the SSW.

Dec 12: We had only a dusting of snow last night but elsewhere along the shore they had considerably more. Traveling to Duluth it looked like Lutsen had 6-8". Duluth looked like it had 6" as well. Temps along Lake Superior stayed around 15 degrees today but once again away from the relatively warm lake the temperatures were much more frigid. Waves on Superior were dark blue gray with 2-3ft roller waves from the SE.

Dec 11: Temps were back in the teens overnight. With the rise in temps our clear skies have left as well. Light snow is falling with white overcast skies. Lake Superior has 2-3ft silver gray waves from the SE.

Dec 10: It was the coldest day of the season with 8 degress beside Lake Superior this morning. Before this morning the coldest we had was in the 20's. It also was our first day with blue skies and sun overhead since Thanksgiving Day over 2 weeks ago. It was so good to see and feel the sun. To the south the skies were almost black as a storm moves in to southern Minnesota.

Dec 9: Once again we have overcast skies and occasional snow flurries. Temps are in the low 20's. Lake Superior is mostly calm with only 6" waves brushing the shore. We saw sevral ore freighters pass by all lit up last night.

Dec 8: It was in the low 20's this morning witha brisk wind. Lake Superior was calm and a dark blue gray. Skies remained overcast but I could see patches of blue our over the lake even though the blue never made it overhead. It looks like winter is going to stick this time and there is no chance of a thaw for the next 10 days according to the weather reports.

Dec 7: Overnight, we had the rain of yesterday turn to snow. As the temperatures dropped, the freezing rain and wet snow froze to give us a base layer of ice. Above that, we got about 3 inches of snow down here by Lake Superior. Around noon, the overcast skies were almost burned off by the sun. It was so close the the overcast sun was leaving faint shadows, but I never did get to see the sun directly. Later the wind picked up and it got dark again with flurries coming down.

Dec 6: Well, we thought we might get some sun yesterday when we saw a small patch of blue sky to the west. But, that patch closed up and rain began again around dusk. It rained all night and this morning it has turned to snow although it is still melting when it hits the earth. Temps today are once again in the mid 30's, skies are a dark overcast, and there will be no sun today. Lake Superior has stirred up 5-6ft waves from the south due to the strong winds coming off the lake. That wind knocked over one of our refrigerators for the inn off its pallet last night.

Dec 5: It looks like there might be blue skies to the west but our overcast skies continue overhead. Temps are in the low 30's this morning and the snow overnight has left a light dusting of white everywhere. Lake Superior is gray with 1-2ft waves from the SSW.

Dec 4: A rain/snow mix began late yesterday. We woke up to a dusting of snow just enough to whiten any surface that hadn't absorbed enough heat from our dreary overcast skies. The dark overcast skies began again with a rain/snow mix in the afternoon that continued into the night. Temps once again are in the 30's. Lake Superior has 2-3ft bluish gray waves from the south.

Dec 3: And our overcast sky world of Croftville continues. Temps remain in the 30's. Lake Superior is a blue gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE. We saw several ore freighters passing by today and could see their lights after dark.

Dec 2: The skies remain dark and overcast and temperatures continue to hover in the 30's. It sure would nice to see some direct sun. These overcast skies have been a staple here since Thanksgiving.

Dec 1: Skies are gray and overcast. To the south across the lake we can see lighter skies and bits of sun. It is colder today hovering right around freezing. It is a cold that chills you to the bone. Lake Superior is nearly calm with a light blue gray rippled surface.

November
2016

Nov 30: It was in the upper 30's all day with light rain ans mist until late afternoon. Once again it was such a dark day with dark skies. Lake Superior had calmed down to 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Nov 29: Rain, rain, rain. And then it rained some more. It was warm near 40 and dark overcast skies. Lake Superior has the dark chocolate milk like band near the shore and a steel blue band further out. Waves are in the 5-6ft range and we have a strong wind.

Nov 28: It is warm with temps in the 40's this morning. It is dark, it seems like it is twilight but we are in the middle of the day. Last night it rained hard and it is still lightly raining now. And overnight the lake woke up. We arose to 5-6ft waves from the SE. The lake has the brown band near the shore and a dark blue band further out. You can feel the breaking waves hitting the shore.

Nov 27: The low was 34. The high is 39. Lake Superior is a calm blue gray against a white overcast horizon line. Overhead we have light overcast gray skies and can feel no noticable breeze.

Nov 26: Dark skies from the south covered us by about 10am. Although we had no precipitation, it remained dark out all day. Lake Superior was a colorless gray with 1ft waves coming in gently from the SE. Temps stayed above freezing after the morning frost.

Nov 25: After a hard 7 day stint of working on the inn and a Thanksgiving meal last night, I was good for nothing but a couch potato today. Outside was calm with 1-2ft gray waves from the SE and temps hovering in the upper 30's. The snow is gradually disappering.

Nov 24: It was a beauiful Thanksgiving Day with partly cloudy skies and 2-3ft bluish green waves from the SE. Temperatures stayed above freezing last night and climbed into the upper 30's this afternoon.

Nov 23: It started to rain overnight. The rain changed to snow here along the lake for a little while but it turned back to rain and what snow fell was a slushy mess. It never got below freezing today sticking in the 35-38 degree range all day long. The waves were churning up the shore today and Lake Superior had the brown band near shore and the bluish gray band further out.

Nov 22: To our south there was rain snow and ice all day, but here in the Arrowhead we had no precipitation today at all. It was overcast with a gray calm textured Superior. Everytime we looked on the radar it looked like the snow was about to arrive but it just never got to Croftville. Temps started in the 20's but climbed above freezing in the afternoon and stayed there.

Nov 21: It was in the upper 20's this afternoon. It was a dry day with partly sunny skies. The lake was a calm light blue except when the sun reflected off of it and it became a blinding white.

Nov 20: It warmed into the 20's overnight. Gitche Gumi has a pale gray textured surface and is calm. It is such a change from the tumultuous lake from 2 days ago. We saw several ore freighters pass by us in the night. Teresa found our Christmas tree from a broken out top of a Balsam Fir from our neighbor's yard.

Nov 19: I was really surprised to find the waves beginning to dissipate by morning but it must take a tremendous amount of energy to maintain those huge waves. I woke up to another surprise to find my tool canopy for our construction project which has been up all year torn and crumpled from the gales last night and my saws strewn around and upturned in the wreckage. The storm left us with and ice layer on the ground and 3 inches of snow on top of that. We had snow flurries most of the day and temps stayed in the teens. Welcome winter.

Nov 18: And in a blink of an eye winter hit this morning. The day started with drizzle and cool in the upper 30's. Lake Superior was relatively calm and gray. The winds began to pick up, the waves on the lake began to swell, the temperatures began to drop, and the rain turned to sleet. By noon we were in a snowstorm and temps dropped into the lower 20's. Talk of culture shock, I don't think it had even made it below 30 here along the lake this season and now it was rapidly approaching the teens. By nightfall we had wind gales and the swells on the big lake had hit 6-7ft. Our guests could fell the breaking waves pounding the shore from their bed.

Nov 17: It is a drizzly gray overcast day today. Temps are in the low 40's. Lake Superior is gray and silver with a rippled sruface and 1ft waves from the SSE.

Nov 16: The morning began with mostly sun but the clouds and overcast skies increased through the day with a heavy mist in the mid afternoon. Lake Superior has 3ft waves from the south.

Nov 15: It was a rainy day with only short respites between the rain. It began warm and clear early in the day but temps dropped and the rain started about 9am. Lake Superior was mostly calm and a misty gray with the rain coming down. Nov 14: It was a beautiful late fall day here in Croftville. Plenty of sun, interesting cloud formations, and a steel blue Lake Superior with 3-4ft waves. Our high temp was in the upper 50's.

Nov 13: We have clear blue skies and termps in the 40's. A bright transluscent greenish blue lake with 3-4ft waves from the SSW complement the sky. Our guests sat out around a fire last night enjoying the stars and the intense full moon last night.

Nov 12: The waves on the lake built up to 4-5ft from the SSW overnight and continued through today. In addition there was a powerful wind blowing all day that was almost exhausting just being outside. But it was a majesticly beautiful late fall day. Partly cloudy skies left Lake Superior a steel black and blue in color. The huge breaking waves created white water crashing into the shore. Temps only rached the mid 40's.

Nov 11: Lake Superior was mostly calm on this cold sunny day. Frost this morning was followed by a high in the mid 40's.

Nov 10: We traveled to Duluth today enjoying the sights of the boreal forest in the late fall. Every once in a while we could find a decidous tree still hanging on to its golden leaves which now looks so out of place with all the other deciduous trees now stripped bare. The low this morning was 46 and the high in Duluth was 64.

Nov 9: It was a warm and windy day in Croftville. We had mostly sunny skies, some beautiful cloud formations passing through, and temps in the upper 50's. Lake Superior had growing waves from the south. By late afternoon the blue waves were 3ft and crashing into the shore.

Nov 8: It was windy with bright sun and 55 degrees here along Lake Superior. The lake itself was surprisingly calm, bright blue, and quiet.

Nov 7: It was a repeat of yesterday except the temperatures were about 5 degrees warmer.

Nov 6: Partly cloudy skies. A light calm blue lake. Frost in the morning but temps in the 50's this afternoon.

Nov 5: Croftville had temps in the low 50's today. There was some sun and there was quite a bit of cloud cover over the lake. Lake Superior was mostly calm and a light shiny blue.

Nov 4: My daughter and I split wood today. It was a georgeous indian summer day here in Croftville. Lake Superior was a deep blue against a white horizon and mostly sunny skies. We had 3ft waves, whitecaps, and a strong wind with temps that might have topped 60.

Nov 3: There was light frost this morning but it warmed up quickly into the low 50's. Lake Superior was calm with a light blue surface. Overhead we had whie overcast skies.

Nov 2: Lake Superior was calm today with only 6" waves from the SSW. Sky cover went from mostly sunny skies this morning to medium overcast skies in the afternoon. This morning Lake Superior had a glossy green blue surface that turned to metallic gray in the afternoon.

Nov 1: There was rain overnight but the overcast skies began to break up right after dawn and we now have partly cloudy skies and plenty of sun. It is warmer this morning, in the upper 40's. There is a strong wind off the lake. Lake Superior has 3-4ft transluscent green waves from the SSW with whitecaps.

October
2016

Oct 31: No stars last night. The heavy dark cloud cover continued right into this morning. The skies are dark, temps are in the 30's, and Lake Superior is deep metallic gray with 4ft waves from the south. To the south across the lake we can see the lighter skies.

Oct 30: We arrived back to Lake Superior after a weekend stay in Saint Paul to watch our son run cross country. It was warm (mid 50's) and partly overcast as we left the cities. Gradually the temps fell as we headed north into the mid 40's. The skies stayed partly cloudy with some sun all the way until we got back to Cook County. Then we could see a line of dark heavy clouds moving to the south. By the time we got to Grand Marais we had ligth rain with dark overcast skies which continued through the night.

Oct 29: We were away from Lake Superior today and at Como Park in Saint Paul watching the MIAC cross country championships. Although overcast, it was perfect weather for a run in the upper 50's. The oaks were the goergeous burnt red color I remember but I was surprised by the smaller bright red maples that are still holding onto their leaves. My brother said the twin cities still has not had a killing frost yet although most of the outlying areas have.

Oct 28: It warmed up last night and must already be near 50 this morning. Skies are gray and overcast and it showered on us as our daughter waited for the school bus. Lake Superior has 1ft greenish gray waves from the south.

Oct 27: It was a dark gray day today with a even darker greenish gray Lake Superior. Temps rose into the upper 40's and stayed there with the cloud cover. The lake had 3-4ft waves from the south.

Oct 26: The wind last night stripped the deciduous trees of their colorful leaves. The timing was just right, the trees had let loosened their grip on the dying leaves and the wind came along to rip the leaves free. Just like that we woke up to what now looks like late fall. The strong wind continued all day and churned up 4-5ft waves on the big lake from the SSE. Between the roar of the lake and the whine of the wind you could barely hear yourself let alone someone else's voice when you were outside. By afternoon temps dropped into the 30's even though the morning began in the mid 40's.

Oct 25: We had frost again this morning. It warmed up quickly with the clear skies but cooled off quickly this afternoon. We have a healthy breeze. Lake Superior has 2-3ft grayish blue waves from the SE. I saw a little red fox with an huge fluffy tail. I thought my presence would scare him off but he let me talk to him as he kept a healthy distance between us.

Oct 24: There was a heavy frost this morning. Partly cloudy skies made for a beautiful sunrise. By noon the skies had cleared and the sun warmed us up into the upper 40's. It looks like it is going to be a picture perfect afternoon with a high in the 50's and a shimmering blue mostly calm lake.

Oct 23: There was a steady substantial rain all morning. Lake Superior has 2ft greenish gray waves from the SSE. The rain stopped at noon but the dark skies continued all day long.

Oct 22: Mostly cloudy skies with glimpses of sun from time to time. Lake Superior had 2ft blue green waves coming in straight from the SSE. We continue to lose leaf cover but there is still plenty of color near the lake. We rose to a high in the low 50's today.

Oct 21: Today we had beautiful cloud formations that once in awhile let rays of light from the sun through. Lake Superior has 1ft blue gray waves from the SE. Temps are cool in the 30's to upper 40's.

Oct 20: The day began with a stunning sunrise and cold in the 30's. It progressed with mostly cloudy skies and sprinkles at times. It never really warmed up today staying in the low 40's. Lake Superior a blue gray with a textured surface and no noticable waves. I could here the waves puicking up last night but by morning the lake was once again subdued.

Oct 19: Temperatures warmed into the 60's this afternoon in the sun making a gorgeous fall day here in Croftville. Leaves continue to fall and you can begin to see into the forest in places.

Oct 18: We traveled to Duluth today and enjoyed seeing the sunrise light up the surface. Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the SE and had a blue textured surface. Temps were in the low 40's in the morning to mid 60's in the late afternoon. It was a beautiful day to watch a cross country meet in Proctor.
Oct 17: The last I saw last night was a lightning storm on the south shore but sometime during the night the storm moved north across the lake. It looked like we had a solid rain overnight and the light rain continued over the morning. Lake Superior is gray with little more than ripples on the surface. The sky is also a uniform gray. The balsam aspens along the shore have now dropped their leaves but the quaking aspens and birch are bright gold. The maples have now lost the reds and oranges leaving bright gold leaves.

Oct 16: Skies partly cleared overnight and we had a gorgeous sunrise. The horizon was clear but there were two long narrow clouds that the yellow rising sun lit up a pinkish red against the blue morning sky. Lake Superior has 2ft silver blue waves from the SE.

Oct 15: It was a very foggy day by the lake today. Visibility on the lake was usually less than 100ft. Temperatures were seasonalby warm with the highs near 60.

Oct 14: Lake Superior has 2-3ft gray waves with dark green shadows from the south this morning. Skies are mostly overcast and temps are in the 30's this morning although there was no visible frost today. The trees right now are so colorful. The only green foliage is now mostly left on the evergreens that are taking on that darker green color that you see in the winter.

Oct 13: Today was cloudy this morning but cleared up as the day went on. Lake Superior was a starkly beautiful steel blue with 2ft waves from the south. It was a cold day only reaching the low 40's for a high.

Oct 12: We had some sun but we had rain showers coming and going as well. It was cold and it was really cold when it was raining and the wind was blowing. Temps started the day near freezing and climbed into the 40's thanks to the sun. Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the south but the color of the lake changed every time the sky coveer changed which was frequently today.

Oct 11: It is still warm this morning by the lake with 46 degrees. I was surprised to find light rain and gray overcast skies when I got up. Lake Superior is a steel gray with navy shadows on its 2ft waves from the SSE. I am not sure what this day will bring since we were expecting sun.

Oct 10: The day started in the 50's and rose into the 60's. Sun, blue skies, golden leaves, and a gentle wind. It was a beautiful fall day. The add in a bright blue Lake Superior with 2-3ft waves from the SE and I couldn't imagine a better day to spend outdoors.

Oct 9: Didn't quite see the morning low but we had a heavy frost this morning, still not quite cold enough to kill the flowers. Highs today were in the 40's. For the most part we had skies which reflected into a deep blue lake with navy shadows and silver highlight on the 2ft waves from the SE. I would say we are now in peak color next to the lake and that probably means a little past peak inlamd.

Oct 8: We woke up to 35 degrees this morning right along the lake, the coldest morning so far this season. The gray overcast skies kept us from getting colder but it is also preventing us from warming up. We can see partly cloudy skies and some sun on the south side of Superior but so far none of that is making its way here. Lake Superior has dark gray 3-4ft waves from the south against the light blue horizon line.

Oct 7: We had high winds and driving rain throughout the day today. Temps barely got up to 50 and there is a frost warning for tonight. Lake Superior is being churned up by the winds with 3-5ft waves all the waty from the SSW.

Oct 6: It is a windy day with strong winds whipping the tree tops about. Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves from the south.

Oct 5: Although it cleared up this afternoon and was quite nice, this morning was a very different story. We had dark clouds, high wind, and driving rain. Lake Superior was a blackish blue with 4-5ft waves from the SE and whitecaps. Temps were fairly warm in the 50's.

Oct 4: It has looked like we are on the verge of rain all day long but it just never arrives. Superior is a stormy blue green with 2-4ft waves coming in at the rare oblique angle of the ESE. To the west, the dark clouds seem just minutes away from a downpour. Overhead we have sun that is trying to break through but never enough to dry off the heavy dew from this morning. Temps have climbed into the mid 50's and the leaves are in beautiful fall colors.

Oct 3: One of the best fall days of the season. Blue partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 60's, a deep blue calm lake, and great fall colors. This morning Lake Superior had huge white clouds hovering over its surface reminding me of the formations you see over the lake during intensely cold days in the winter. Perhaps a portent of the season to come.

Oct 2: It was a breathtaking sunrise this morning over the lake. We had partly cloudy stratus clouds above the lake. As the sun came up and was low in the sky it illuminated the bottoms of these clouds leaving their tops in dark shadows. The big lake is calm with only silver ripples on the surface and for now we have not even a breeze.

Oct 1: What a beautiful fall day. It was mostly sunny with a high of 60. A perfect day to be outdoors enjoying what nature has to offer. Only about half of the green is now left in the trees along the shore. Although I haven't been inland, I bet there the leaves are in full fall colors. Lake Superior is subdued today with only small 1ft waves in a remarkable blue hue.

September
2016

Sep 30: Skies overhead are blue, skies over the lake are gray. There is a heavy dew on everything and temps are in the low 40's this morning. Lake Superior is a blue gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Sep 29: It was a gorgeous fall day today. We had mostly sunny skies and a steel blue big lake with 2ft waves from the SE. It was the first day this week you could sit out and have a fire and it was so good to smell the campfire smoke in the air. Temps today ranged from 45 to 65.

Sep 28: You can really see the change in color down here on Croftville Road. The moose maples are red and orange, the mountain ash are golden with bright red berries, and the birch are a bright yellow. Skies are a white oveercast and Superior has gray 2-3ft waves from the south.

Sep 27: It was overcast at times, but most of the day was partly cloudy with temps staying in the low 50's. This morning it was cold and really felt like summer is over and winter is coming. Lake Superior had 2-3ft grayish blue waves from the south.

Sep 26: It started raining in the early hours this morning and looks like we might have light rain and drizzle throughout this overcast day. There were a couple times that the sun looked like it might break through on the gray and black lake but then the overcast skies take over again. Lake Superior has 3-5ft dark gray waves with black shadows from the south pounding the shore and moving the boulders around. You can hear them as they move and bang into each other. Temps will remain in the 50's today.

Sep 25: Rain showed up in the early morning hours and we woke up to light rain and gray overcast skies. Lake Superior waves are 2-3ft and changed back to there usual SE direction. The horizon to the south is light perhaps making for sunny weather in northern Wisconsin. Looks like temps here are going to stay in the 50's if the overcast skies stick around.

Sep 24: It was windy today and the aspen leaves really bristled in that wind. We had partly cloudy skies and temps rose into the low 60's. Lake Superior had steel blue 3-5ft waves with whitecaps from the south. Some of the waves further out may have been quite a bit larger.

Sep 23: Skies were lightly overcast with sun popping out once in awhile. Highs were in the 60's. Lake Superior had large 3-4ft waves from the south pounding our shore. The waves are my favorite steel blue color with a few whitecaps tossed in. We are starting to see some reds and oranges in our moose maples down here near the shore.

Sep 22: Cloud cover kept passing by last night bringing the stars and half moon into and out of sight. Eventually, the cloud cover developed into a steady rain that lasted until about 9am this morning. The overcast skies remain overhead but looks like the sun wants to break out in places over Superior. There are 1ft gray waves from the SE and temps are in the low 50's.

Sep 21: Lake Superior was calm today after several days of high waves. It was stange to hear silence. The lake was a flat gray against a white overcast horizon. Chances of rain up here were supposed to be nil, but we had on and off light rain all day long. Temps stayed in the 50's.

Sep 20: It was another day of high winds and 4-6ft waves all the way from the SSW. With partly cloudy skies overhead, the waves were a deep sky blue further out and a translucent blue green closer in to shore. Temps comfortably rose into the upper 60'sd this afternoon.

Sep 19: It was a truly remarkable sight on Lake Superior today. We have high winds that are producing 5-6ft waves pounding into what lttle is left of our shore with the high water of Lake Superior. For a time late this morning the lake was a bluish black with stark white whitecaps. It was so loud you had to yell on our covered porch in order to hear each other.

Sep 18: Coming over Thompson Hill on 35 looking down into Duluth and beyond to the lake is always such a welcome sight. We are missing Joey and our daughter texts him along the journey to let him know were were are at. As we get to Menards in West Duluth she tells him "Save big money". As we approach the cemetary om Two Harbors she tells him we are holding our breath. As we pass through Illgen City, she tells him that I am feeling ill but that as soon as we pass it we are feeling much better. At Cliffs Mining in Silver Bay she tells him,"Luke, I am your father" referring to a piece of equipment that appears to look like Darth Vader from a distance.

Sep 17: We were in Northfield today to watch our son race at Saint Olaf. The soil is really saturated in southern Minnesota. It was fun to see the green now gone in the cornfields, the gold colored soy bean fields, and the sumac about 50% deep red. We look forward to returning to the North Shore tomorrow and to the cooler temperatures.

Sep 16: It rained most of the night and half of the morning. It was funny how warm the rain kept everything only dropping into the upper 50's this morning. The rest of the day we have gray overcast skies, a light breeze, and humid with temps in the low 60's. Lake Superior has 2-3ft gray waves with navy shadows buffeting the beach.

Sep 15: It was chilly, partly cloudy, and windy today. Morning temps were in the low 40's and we got into the 50's in the afternoon. Lake Superior only had small waves but it did have a smooth horizontal band about 1 mile out.

Sep 14: It was so cold last night that I had to get up and be sure all the windows in the inn were shut. Temps were in the low 40's and was the coldest night so far this fall. I guess there will be plenty of these nights ahead. We had partly cloudy skies and 2ft waves from the SE.

Sep 13: We had sun this morning, rain this afternoon, and cloudy skies as evening sets in. Lake Superior was surprisingly calm this morning but picked up to 2-3ft waves from the south heading into the evening. Temps were cool today staying in the mid 50's. They are predicting a cold night but I don't think it can get as cold as they say without the skies clearing.

Sep 12: It was overcast with a gray lake and 3-4ft waves pounding the shore. Temps were in the 60's and it felt humid. By late afternoon a steady rain began for about 3-4 hours.

Sep 11: It got warm this afternoon into the mid 70's along the lake. There also was a brisk wind. Lake Superior has 2-3ft rollers from the SE and as evening comes the skies are dotted with clouds and the surface of the lake is purple against a pinkish horizon.

Sep 10: We had a little of everything today. Some sun, some rain, some overcast. There was some wind and some calm. The lake was calm in the morning and roller waves in the afternoon.

Sep 9: Lake Superior is relatively calm today with 1-2ft silver roller waves from the SE. We have small white cottonball clouds dotting the blue sky overhead but it looks like overcast skies across the lake. The wind is gone from yesterday and temperatures are in the 50's this morning. There are signs of fall color starting to pop up just about everywhere.

Sep 8: Lots of whitecaps against deep steel blue 3-4ft waves from the ESE today. We had clear blue skies after having a terrific thunderstorm and short intense rain last night. Temps today rose into the low 70's.

Sep 7: We have light overcast skies overhead but dark clouds over Lake Superior. The lake has 1-2ft gray waves from the SE with silver highlights reflecting the sun where there are braeks in the dark clouds over the lake. Temps are in the low 60's and the humidity is gone today.

Sep 6: The sky over the lake lit up last night with lightning and then the skies opened up twice and dumped on us. We could see the lightning strike out on the lake. By morning the rain had quit but the air was so thick that you felt 10 lbs heavier just walking around. The heavy gray overcast lasted all day. Lake Superior had 3ft colorless gray waves that pounded the shore from the south.

Sep 5: The weather changed overnight. Overcast skies replaced the stars around 3am and by 5am the rain began. It lookes like steady rain this morning with heavy overcast skies. Lake Superior has visibility of a half mile and is gray with 2-3ft waves from the south. Temps are steady around 60 degrees.

Sep 4: We have partly cloudy skies with white cottonball clouds overhead. Temps are in the upper 60's with a brisk breeze. Lake Superior has 2ft waves from the south that break on the shore. Leaves on the birch and moose maple are starting to show signs of a change in color.

Sep 3: Lake Superior is hitting the shore with 2-3ft steel gray waves from the south. Overhead we have mostly clear skies with a have over the lake. Temps should climb from 50 to perhaps the low 70's this afternoon.

Sep 2: Today we had low humidity, a heavy dew on the plants and buildings this morning, clear blue skies, and a steel blue Lake Superior with a highly textured surface. Later this afternoon the waves began to pick up creating a few whitecaps further out. It was chilly in the shade and warm in the sun making it a picture perfect early fall day on Croftville Road.

Sep 1: It is September and all of a suddden fall is creeping up on us. I have seem the signs for a few weeks but just didn't want to acknowledge them. Our small moose maple across Croftville Road is now orange and is almpst always our first sign of fall. It feels so good at night to have to pull up the covers instead of throwing back the covers. Morning temps were in the low 50's and we had the lows 70's this afternoon.

August
2016

Aug 31: We had another cool morning in the 50's and although the sky in the afternoon looked like there was rain coming it missed us passing to the south. Lake Superior had a steel blue color with 1-2ft waves from the SE. Highs today were in the low 70's.

Aug 30: The lightning show across the lake last night went on and on and on. I hope there is something left of northern Wisconsin. Here, all we got was some clouds but not enough to obscure the stars over lake and overhead. This mornng is cool in the 50's with clear blue skies and a calm Lake Superior with patches of smooth and patches of textured surfaces.

Aug 29: Although we were traveling back from southern Minnesota we heard from our innkeeper that there was heavy rain and lightning this morning complete with a brief power outage. As we left Minneapolis at 9:30am it was already 84 degrees and humid. By the time we got to Duluth temps were back in the upper 70's and by the time we rolled into Grand Marais at 6pm it was 71. It is truly a different world here in Cook County. Lake Superior had 1-2ft rolling waves from the SSE.

Aug 28: Today we were at the Great Minnesota Get Together in Saint Paul. It was overcast, a bit humid, with temps in the 70's this morning at the State Fair. However, by noon the skies had cleared and the temperatures began to swell into the upper 80's in the afternoon, maybe even hotter on the asphalted areas. I'm afraid I have become a big wimp to the heat living in Croftville with Lake Superior sitting right next to me. I had to take a cold shower before going to bed just to get comfortable enough to sleep.

Aug 27: Lake Superior is clear blue with clear blue skies overhead and 2-3ft rollers hitting the shore. It is with a sad heart to be traveling south today because it means our son will be back at Saint Olaf for another school year and we will miss him. Driving down the North Shore I am reminded what a blessing it is to live in such a scenic place. We see people scrambling out of their cars to enjoy the coolness and vastness of Lake Superior and its breaking waves pounding the shore. They hike the paths to see the water coming down out of the Sawtooth Mountains cascading over the rock formations. It is a wonderful place to visit and a wonderful place to live.

Aug 26: Lake Superior still had its waves from the south but they were only 2-3ft today. The lake was bright blue with a textured surface against the light blue horizon line. We had 3 loons swimming and fishing out in front of Croftville Road Cottages. We also had a large sailboat cruise by. Temps were comfortable in the 60's and 70's after beginning the day at 51.

Aug 25: Another day of the largest waves we've seen this month. We had 3-5ft waves this afternoon from the south that pounded the shore so loud that you had to yell like you were at a college party tp hear each other. The humidty was down and temps stayed in the low 70's. There was a time this afternoon that looked like rain could be coming but it fizzled away. Lake Superior was a steel blue today except near the shore that was more of a translucent green.

Aug 24: Big waves, 3-4ft rollers. Clear skies, an amazing blue. It is still humid but is starting to feel better. The high will be in the upper 70's. Lake Superior is a steel blue with white breaking waves.

Aug 23: Gitche Gumi was roaring yesterday. We had thunderous 3-4ft rollers pounding the shore from the SSE. So loud was the lake that it was hard to have a conversation near it. We had clear skies after clouds overnight looked for sure like rain. And it was hot getting into the mid 80's even here along the lake.

Aug 22: Clear skies and temps staying in the 60's today made for a beautiful day outdoors after the early hours showers. The lake was roaring with 3ft rollers from the SE breaking onto the shores. In spite of the cool temps it felt hot in the sun.

Aug 21: What a Sunday. Cool temps in the 50's made for pleasant sleeping overnight with a high only in the 60's today. The moon is waning from the full moon but it still packs a lot of light to illuminate the clouds and lakes. Lake Superior graced us with 2 ore freighters passing by.

Aug 20: Today was rain. It was a gray overcast soaking rain that lasted most of the day and the night. Lake Superior was colorless and mostly calm.

Aug 19: The full moon rose tonightbig and orange before it climbed behind cloud cover making the clouds translucent and peaking out occasionally to brighten the water.

Aug 18: Lake Superior is light blue glass this morning with a fuzzy horizon. The only waves are the wakes of an occasional boat going by. Temps are in the 50's this morning but will warm up quickly with the clear blue skies overhead. The moon was full last night and lit up the lake, our bedroom, and everywhere else.

Aug 17: Lake Superior was calm except for the wakes of boats passing by. We had a pleasant breeze and a high in the 70's with only an occasional cloud in the sky.

Aug 16: We had a low in the 50's and a high near 80. There was plenty of sun, a bright blue sky, and a bright blue lake with only ripples for waves. The moon isn't quite full yet, but it lights up the lake and surroundings creating enormous shadows.

Aug 15: There are high wispy stratus clouds in the blue sky today. We have a light breeze with changing directions and afternoon temps in the 70's. Lake Superior only has ripples on its shiny silver blue surface. My son came back from the Quetico with new he-man stories about treacherous portages to tell as we gorged ourselves with Sven and Ole's pizza.

Aug 14: We finally saw the stars come out last night for the first time in several days. Too late for the Persius meteor showers. We will look forward to them next year. Today was as perfect a summer Sunday as possible. Mostly sunny blue skies, a comfortable breeze, temps in the 70's, and a drop dead gorgeous blue lake with 2-3ft breaking waves hitting the shore.

Aug 13: There was rain once again overnight and today the skies are gray and overcast. Lake Superior's 2-3ft grat waves can be heard against the shore. Looks like a high temp in the low 70's today.

Aug 12: We had to travel to Duluth today after the demis of our office computer yesterday. It was misting heavy most of the day or raining once in a while. When we got to Duluth the skies briefly cleared and the lake near Kitche Gami Park was the most amazing transluscent green.

Aug 11: It rained hard this morning and light rain and overcast skies continued all day long. Lake Superior was gray and mostly calm. Temps were in the 70's but muggy.

Aug 10: Now that my son has ventured into the Quetico today, naturally the weather has turned to rain. His group is hoping to enjot the Persius meteor showers starting tonight and lasting to Aug 12. It doesn't look promising here, but I hope they will get some clear skies for the showers and some Northern Lights.

Aug 9: The waves picked up overnight with 2-3ft waves crashing straight into the shore from the SSE. We also got rain overnight and now have light gray overcast skies. Temps are in the low 60's this morning and Lake Superior is a colorless gray with silver highlights where the overcast sky is the thinest.

Aug 8: Lake Superior is still only with ripples today. We are in the 70's this afternoon with partly cloudy but mostly sunny skies.

Aug 7: There are long thin Cirrus clouds in the sky today. The big lake is calm and with Fisherman's picnic going on in Grand Marais there are boats of all kinds, canoes, and kayaks in the water everywhere. Temps are in the 60's and 70's today and may hit 80 later this afternoon.

Aug 6: We have just 1ft waves from the south today. Skies have been partly cloudy most of the day and temps are in the 70's this afternoon after a pleasant morning of 60's.

Aug 5: The lake was roaring during the night. The breaking waves crashed against our shoreline with 3-4ft rollers from the south. I had to get up for awhile and watch them and the star filled night overhead. What majestic sights and sounds.

Aug 4: Judging by the condensation on our water pipes in the utility room, today was the most humid day this summer in Croftville. Temperatures were warm in the 80's and the air was muggy in spite of clear blue skies overhead. Lake Superior had small waves from the SE. There were lots of people in the cold water wading, kayaking, canoeing, and boating.

Aug 3: We woke up to quite a rainstorm this morning. It rained hard and lasted for about an hour. Afterwards, the skies cleared and we had sun, warm temperatures, humid air by Grand Marais standards, but a pleasant breeze to keep us comfortable. Lake Superior calmed down after the storm with 1-2ft light blue waves with a narrow dark blue band about 5 miles out.

Aug 2: The rain moved in from the west this morning arriving just in time to block the approaching sunrise. Lake Superior has 2-3ft gray waves with dark green shadows from the SSE. The initial rain was a burst with lightning and thunder, but it has now settled into a steady rain with a cool breeze from the NW.

Aug 1: August is here and Lake Superior is a shimmering blue with white relfeactions and navy shadows. We have clear blue skies this morning with a cool gentle breeze and a hot sun.

July
2016

July 31: What a gorgeous summer day along the lake. Blue skies, a blue lake with 1ft waves from the SE. Overnight temps were in the 50's and the high was in the 70's. There were a lot of boats out on the water.

July 30: We unpacked the decorative gas stoves for the inn today. It didn't feel like we would need them with a high in the low 80's along the shore. We saw lots of people in boats enjoying the different perspective of seeing the shore from the water. The lake mirrored the blue skies ovehead.

July 29: It was down into the low 50's last night but has warmed nicely back up into the 60's today. There are clear blue skies over Lake Superior. There are 1-2ft smooth roller waves from the SE with silver blue highlights and navy shadows.

July 28: We traveled to Duluth today and found that the heat from this past week is finally done. Temps barely got into the 70's today even in the asphalt parking lots of the stores. By the time we got home to Grand Marais around 10pm it was 53. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue all the way down and we enjoyed the stars and the fast moving satellites in the evening sky on our trip back.

July 27: Cloud fronts passed over the lake all night but none of them produced rain, at least not in Croftville. This morning we have clear skies to the north and dark blue overcast skies to the south. Lake Superior is calm and a pale blue gray except for a dark blue band right at the horizon. Overnight temperatures were in the 60's without any breeze.

July 26: It was a mixed day weather-wise along Lake Superior today. Everything from clear skies, partly cloudy, and overcast. The lake changed with every changing mood of the sky. It was hot, in the 80's, but there was a pleasant breeze but not off the lake. Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the south.

July 25: It was a beautiful partly cloudy summer day with large cottonball clouds passing by and supplying occasional shade. Temps were in the 70's and Lake Superior has 1-2ft waves from the south even though last night 3-4ft waves were pummeling the shore.

July 24: It rained overnight. The cloud cover over the lake was spooky at times as the nearly full moon tried to find holes to pop through the clouds and light up the lake. This morning we had a heavy overcast sky that was replced by partly cloudy skies and sun in the early afternoon. Temps are in the 70's with a strong breeze. Lake Superior is sky blue with dark green shadows for the 100yds from shore you can see, the rest of the lake is covered by a white fog.

July 23: It was not quite as hot today but temps were still in the upper 80's. We kept alternating between clouds and sun until mid afternoon when a gray overcast moved in.

July 22: We have another hot day in the 90's with clear blue skies and low humidity. The breeze sometimes even feels cool. The crisp blue lake has 3ft waves with navy shadows from the SSE.

July 21: Wow, it is hot. We got into the 90's today down here along the lake in Croftville. I think yesterday was the first time we broke 80 degrees this year and now a day later we broke 90. Luckily, there is a refreshing brisk breeze that makes it quite comfortable in the shade. The lake is a beautiful blue reflecting the blue sky with 2-3ft waves pounding the shore from the SSE.

July 20: We woke up to 1ft smooth roller waves on the lake breaking against the shore from the SSE. Overhead we have clear bluse skies. The lake has a mist on it that almost makes the horizon line invisible. Temps are already in the mid 70's this morning and should make it into the 80's this afternoon even here by Lake Superior.

July 19: We traveled to Duluth today and spent a couple hours at Gooseberry Falls State Park. It is always so fun to hike around the paths and climb on the rocks. It brings back memories from my childhood. It was a beautiful day along the lake with temps approaching 70 and plenty of sun.

July 18: The lake was loud last night with 2-4ft waves. Today the waves have lessened to just 1-2ft from the SSE. We have partly cloudy skies with lots of sun. The lake is a brilliant blue with dark green shadows. There is a light blue band about a half mile out. Temps are in the upper 70's today and may even hit 80 here in Croftville.

July 17: The lake was quiet and still last night. This morning we had sunny skies, temps in the 70's and a blue calm lake. This afternoon a rain front moved in with a short heavy rain followed by dark overcast skies and humid air.

July 16: The lake had 1-2ft roller waves today from the SE. Skies were partly cloudy. Temps were in the 70's but there was a comfortable cool breeze from the lake.

July 15: It was a good woking day. The skies threatened rain at times but we also had plenty of sun. Temps were cool in the 60's. Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves from the SE.

July 14: Temps have climbed into the 70's this morning but there is a brisk cool breeze. We have partly cloudy skies and a shimmering pale blue lake with purple regions in it. The waves are 2ft from the SSE.

July 13: Although we had bouts of sun, most of the day had dark overcast skies and rain that was heavy at times. Waves on Lake Superior were 3-4ft today with whitecaps from the SSW. Temps were in the 70's along the lake but dropped into the low 60's after sunset with rain and fog helping to cool things off.

July 12: It was dense fog until about 2pm today. When the fog finally burned off, we had partly cloudy skies with big cumulus clouds and much sun. The lake had 2-3ft waves from the south. The lake had 2 bands. For the first half mile, it was the color of a copper penny. Beyond that it was a brilliant blue that looked like it couldn't wait for a blue sky to light it up. Temps jumped into the 70's when the fog burned away.

July 11: It was dark when we got up, and that wasn't because it was before dawn. Heavy dark overcast skies today with occasional downpours. Sometimes the air is humid (at least by Grand Marais standards). Temps are in the low 60's and everything is wet. Lake Superior is a light bluish gray with visibility of about 100 yds. Waves are 1-2 feet from the SE.

July 10: It is a beautiful summmer Sunday today. We have partly cloudy skies, 70 degrees, and a clear blue lake except close to shore where you can see all the rocks clearly beneath the surface. We only have small ripples on the lake which is probably from the wakes of the boats.

July 9: The stars were out and brilliant last night. This morning we woke to clear blue skies with a white haze at the horizon. The lake is mostly calm with many textured bands of color with pale blues, silvers, navies, and purples. With temps already in the upper 60's we might get into the upper 70's today.

July 8: We returned back to the cooler temperatures along Croftville Road today. There was an all night downpour on Maraboeuf Lake. It let up a little at daybreak. We had to eat breakfast, break camp, paddle 5 miles, and take 2 portages all in the rain. It was amazing how warm the Maraboeuf water was with the rain coming down.

July 7: Today was our layover day on the canoe trip. We explored to see if we could navigate Ambush Creek into Ambush Lake but got turned back. We picked blueberries and cleaned up broken glass on a small island, and we explored and had lunch on a Canadian island in Maraboeuf. Weather was a strange mix of sun, cloud, overcast, and rain. Temperautres were in the upper 70's which is warmer than we are used to along Lake Superior.

July 6: We headed down the Granite River from Clove, Granite, Gneiss, Devil's Elbow, and Maraboeuf Lakes today. My daughter got to canoe through her first ever rapids and there was the biggest smile on her face when the rapids dumped a bunch of water into our canoe. It was sunny and hot today. With our sunburns, we chose a campsite that enjoyed some cool cedar tree shade.

July 5: We left early this morning up the Gunflint for a few days of canoeing on the Granite River. We started here in the 50's and by the time we got up the Gunflint Trail it was 69. We enjoyed lots of sun, temps in the 80's, and more sun burn that we care to mention. Generally, in the summer we are much cooler here by Lake Superior than inland. We began in Larch Creek where the water shallow and warm. Camping on Clove Lake we had to hurry to finish supper before a rainstorm hit. One interesting thing was we got to watch a snapper turtle lay eggs in the grass next to our campfire.

July 4: The lake is calm today. The only waves are from the wakes of boats out on the water. We woke to mostly cloudy skies which turned to light rain briefly this morning and was replaced by a white overcast after that. You can just barely make out the horizon as the pale lake blends into a misty horizon line. Temps are in the 70's and feels quite warm without a breeze.

July 3: Superior is calm with a deep blue textured surface. Temps made it into the 70's but feel cool with the gentle wind. The stars came out in full force tonight and the Milky Way looks like you can reach out and touch it. The lilacs are completely done blooming here on the lake. This is the first time I can remember that we will not have lilacs still in bloom on July 4th.

July 2: Woke up to 52 degrees, blue sunny skies with a few small light clouds, and a calm pale blue Lake Superior with a textured surface. The birds are particularly noisy this morning. The lake has a deep navy band near the horizon.

July 1: July welcomes us with a cool breeze, sunny blue skies, and temps in the upper 60's. The lake is calm enough to see all the rocks on its bed.

June
2016

June 30: There was plenty of rain and heavy fog over and beside Gitche Gumi today. When it wasn't raining the fog was so thick you could "cut it with a knife". The lake was mostly calm and for the most part invisible. Temps reached the mid 60's today.

June 29: The day started with partly sunny skies but changed to intermittent rain by the afternoon. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the SSE. Temps were in the 60's.

June 28: It was a beautiful summer day with plenty of sun, a high in the low 70's, and 1-2ft blue waves on Lake Superior.

June 27: We had a strong rainstorm pop up out of nowhere last night around suppertime. Although the clouds partially cleared to see some of the moon and stars during the night, by morning we had light gray overcast skies that continued all day. We ended up with a high of 68 along the lake. Gitche Gumi was a slightly darker gray than the sky with a narrow band of dark gray near the horizon. Waves dissipated through the day and by evening the lake was completely calm.

June 26: It was a windy and sunny day today. The wind kept us in the 60's along Lake Superior. The lake was a deep blue with a narrow brown band about a 400 yards off the shore. The skies were blue with white cumulus clouds later in the day. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves from the ESE.

June 25: The brightest it was today was before sunrise. After that it got darker with each passing minute as wave after wave of rain storms passed through. We had quite a bit of thunder, a little lightning, and even one bout of pea sized hail. Lake Superior had 4-5ft dark roller waves.

June 24: We have blue skies with small puffs of white clouds. There is virtually no breeze and Lake Superior has no voice today. The pale blue surface has a band of white further out and a dark blue band at the horizon. Temps are rising quickly and without a breeze off the lake we shoud see 70's today.

June 23: The lilacs are now in full bloom. This clump will be removed later this summer to accomodate parking for for the new inn. It is sad to think it is the last time they will bloom but lack of soil in Cook County makes the prospect of sucessfully moving this bush nill. We will plant new lilacs to replace them. Meanwhile the honeysuckles are also coming into full bloom as well. Nothing reminds me more of my youth in rural Faribault than honeysuckles and lilacs. Today was partly cloudy with a light blue mostly calm lake.

June 22: We have partly sunny skies with thin white clouds over the lake. Lake Superior is a pale blue with navy highlights and small 1ft wavess from the SE. The breeze off the lake is uncomfortably cold unless you are in direct sun. Temps today are climbing into the 60's.

June 21: With the summer solstice now past, we begin the long journey back to waning daylight a little by each day. It did feel like summer most of the time today and then the breeze would change and we would be reminded that we are only a change in the wind away from the cold air off of Lake Superior. Most of the day we had partly sunny skies with big puffy cumulus clouds overhead. Temps were in the 70's but could quickly drop into the 50's depending on the breeze. Lake Superior was blue with 1-2ft waves from the SSE.

June 20: The sky was lit up by lightning over the lake last night. It must have been quite far away because the thunder got muffled into the sounds of the Superior. We did have rain and high winds for awhile. By this morning the lake has 3ft waves from the south which is the roughest we have seen the lake for over a week. This morning we have clear blue skies and a dark greenish blue Superior with silver highlights.

June 19: It was a warm Father's Day here along the big lake. Temps were in the 70's. Skies were partly clear and partly white overcast. Lake Superior was placid and a faint calm blue until evening.

June 18: It is a beautiful warm summer day here in Croftville. The lilacs are beginning to bloom which is always a reminder of just how far north we are compared to southern Minnesota. Temps have climbed in to the 70's and we have a comfortable breeze to keep things cool. Skies are a mix of blue and light overcast clouds. The lake is a hazy light blue and calm.

June 17: The radar made it look like we were in for a rip roaring thunderstorm yesterday morning but it swung to the south before it made it to the lake and changed direction to southern Minnesota. Here we had temps approaching 70, a calm pale blue lake, and lightly overcast white skies.

June 16: What a difference a day can make. Sun, clear blue skies, and afternoon highs in the upper 60's. The big lake has a textured blue surface with navy shadows and small 1ft waves coming in straight from the SSE.

June 15: It was a rainy and cold day on Lake Superior with a high in the mid 50's. Lake Superior had limited visibility with the gray surface of the lake diasppearing into the rain and clouds. Waves were 1-2ft from the SSW.

June 14: It was foggy, misty, and windy off the lake today. Skies were white overcast and the lake a uniform gray. Temps didn't even break 50 this morning but finally found the low 50's late this afternoon. Skies over the lake eventually lightened near sunset and the lake turned a dark gray against a crisp white horizon.

June 13: Scattered showers, overcast skies, and strong winds off the lake was the order for today. Temps hovered in the 50's. Lake Superior was a light gray.

June 12: It is cooler today with highs here along the lake in the low 60's. We woke up to a clear blue lake with 1-2ft smooth waves from the SSW. By afternoon the lake is as smooth as glass and the skies have become a white overcast. According to the radar and the reports rain is a sure thing later tonight. The light gray lake melds into the light gray sky.

June 11: It is already in the 60's this morning at 6am. It will be warm here on the shore today with highs in the 70's. Last night we watched a sailboat on the lake making its way through the light fog. We thought for awhile it was some kind of ghost ship.

June 10: We had overcast skies and 2-3ft rollers out on Lake Superior. We also had 2 substantial downpours in the afternoon. By Grand Marais standards it actually felt humid. Skies began to clear in the evening and it was a beautiful night to enjoy a fire.

June 9: Clear blue skies, a clear blue and calm Lake Superior, and a high temperature around 70 made a picture perfect day along the shore.

June 8: It was cold overnight and we even had a frost warning although it was for further inland. The day warmed up nicely with lots of sun and blue skies eventually reaching a high in the 60's.

June 7: It was a beautiful day without rain but the cloud formations south over the lake made it clear there was rain in other areas. It was an amzing array of clouds and cloudbanks hull of whites, blues, purples, and grays. Last night coming back from Duluth we enjoyed an amazing double rainbow with the pot of gold right in downtown Grand Marais.

June 6: We have partly cloudy skies and some sun this morning. Lake Superior is surprisingly calm considering the strong wind. The surface is gray except for a dark gray band right near the horizon. Our sky is stratified with bands of blue and bands of white clouds. The word is for more rain. Temps are in the upper 50's this morning.

June 5: We had some sun in the morning replaced by intermittent rain in the afternoon. It was amazing watching the thunderclouds to our south pass over Superior and northern Wisconsin and Michigan. I bet they got dumped with rain. Temps were quite warm away from the lake in the 60's and maybe 70's. However, down here by the shore it was in the low 50's. I was glad to see a break in the rain so our guests could have a campfire.

June 4: It was raining when I got up in the middle of the night. It was raining when I got up in the morning. It rained all day long without end. It was still raining when I got ready for bed. It never rained heavy, there was never a break in the rain. It was a perfect example of a steady soaking rain the likes I have not seen since living in Eugene, Oregon over 17 years ago. Needless to say, we didn't see much of the gray 2ft roller waves from the SE. Temperatures were in the 50's.

June 3: The skies are lightly overcast temperatures are in the 50's, and Lake Superior is a light gray with brown shadows. Waves are only 1ft from the ESE.

June 2: It was cool out today with a mix of partly cloudy, overcast, and rainy skies throughout the day here in Croftville. Lake Superior is a blusih gray with 2-3ft waves from the SE.

June 1: We had a low this norning of 42 and high temps were in the mid 50's today along Lake Superior. We started the day with overcast skies but they flitted away and left us with a georgeous partly sunny day. Lake Superior has blue 1-2ft waves from the SE. Geese went by overhead and was so loud as they approached that I went to check on our neighbor with images in my head of the Canada Goose version of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds".

May
2016

May 31: It rained all day today and at times it was heavy. Skies were heavily overcast and the fog made most of Lake Superior invisible. We had 2-3ft waves from the south but we could hear them more than we could see them. The high for the day was 48 and the low this morning was 45. That is what I would call consistently cold weather to bring the end to May.

May 30: We woke up to clear skies overhead and a slight haze at the horizon. Lake Superior is light blue with 2-3ft roller waves from the SSW with the crests sparling in the sun. It looks like it will be a warm day with temps already in the 50's this morning and looking forward to upper 60's this afternoon down here by the lake.

May 29: It rained all day long until about 6:00pm and the skies cleared and the sun came out. What a beautiful evening even better appreciated on this holiday weekend after several days of gray and rainy skies. How amazing to see a clear crisp horizon and watch the planets and then stars come out one by one in the clear night sky.
,br> May 28: It rained all night then continued with spotty rain throughout the day today. The sky is gray. The lake is gray. The horizon is gray about 100 yards from shore. Lake Superior has 1ft waves from the SE with temps in the 50's.

May 27: It was a day of light rain and fog with temps in the 40's and 50's. I can't see the lake except near the shore. Waves began to pick up tonight and I could then at least hear the lake.

May 26: My first day back on Croftville Road and we have limited visibility with the lake seamlessly transitioning to the sky about 100 yards out from shore. We had rain and mist on and off throughout the day and a high in the mid 50's. It was so fun to hear the lake crashing on shore last night while sleeping but the lake is a gray calm today.

May 25: I drove back to Grand Marais today from southern Minnesota. It was warm and rainy in the Twin Cities with temps in the mid 70's already at 8am. The rain follwed us up 35 but the temperatures did not. As we approached Duluth the temperatures dropped as a heavy fog enveloped us near Thompson Hill. By the time we dropped down into Duluth the temperautre was 47. It stayed between 46 and 52 all the way up the shore to Grand Marais with limited visibility from the fog. It was a nice welcome home after the heat from southern Minnesota.

May 24: It is 85 degree afternoon high today in Northfield compared to 57 in Grand Marais. It is fun to have a taste of summer that we might see in Grand Marais come July. I am so struck by the constant high volume traffic in southern Minnesota, I can't wait to get back to our meandering Croftville Road.

May 23: I traveled to southern Minnesota to pick my son up from college. It was so interesting to watch the migration from spring to summer as I drove south. Here ins Grand Marais the birch and aspen are just starting to leaf out with tiny spring yellowish green leaves. By the time I got to Duluth, trees were fully leafed out but still had the spring yellowish green color. By the time we got to the Twin Cities, the yellowish green was gone and the dark green colors of summer was all around. I left Grand Marais at 51 degrees and entered Northfield at 81.

May 22: Lake Superior is back to a blue glass with ripples from the SE. You can faintly recognize the horizon that is almost seamless with the lake. Overhead we have blue skies and right arounf 60 at noon. We enjoyed a group of ducks, a group of gulls, and welcomed our first 2 hummingbirds last night by the fire.

May 21: Lake Superior is showing a little motion today with 1-2ft waves from the SE which setlled back down to glass by dusk. It was hot and getting hotter this morning with the strong wind blowing down from the hill. But wind directions began to change and everytime the breeze came off the lake we dropped from the upper 60's to the 40's immediately.

May 20: I can't believe we have another day of glass on Lake Superior. It is almost eerie to not hear the sound of the movement on the lake. All the other sounds like bird calls, people talking on the shore or in their boats, and even traffic from the distant highway are amplified. As you turn your ears towards the lake the silence absorbs all other noises.

May 19: It was a gorgeous spring day in Croftville. Lake Superior was glassy calm again today. There is fog that keeps rising, lowering, coming in, and going out on the lake. Sometimes you can see the horizon but most of the time you cannot. Even when you think you do see the horizon the fog with its mirages may be fooling you. Highs are in the upper 50's and even maybe the 60's. It was so good to sit out by the fire and watch birds pass by. We saw mallards, gulls, a bald eagle, and even two loons out on the lake. May 18: We have clear purplish blue skies and a glassy Lake Superior today. There were 4 fishing boats off shore this morning. We could here the people's voices transmitting along on the glassy surface of the lake. It was almost like sitting in the boats with them. The wakes of the boats found their way to shore when the boats left interupting the surface with small ripples.

May 17: Happy Sytennde Mai! It was a beautiful sunny day out today with temps in the 40's and 50's. Lake Superior is a glassy blue with ripples. The rocks on the lake bed are all clearly visible.

May 16: Lake Superior is mostly calm. It's color kept changing as our sky cover kept changing from rain, to overcast, to cloudy, to partly sunny. Temps climbed their way into the 50's today in Croftville.

May 15: We had a beautiful spring day here along the lake until late in the day when some light rain took over. Temps were in the 40's and 50's and the lake was a brilliant blue.

May 14: We were below freezing for the morning low with temps gradually rising into the 40's. It is a light overcast sky with a dark gray lake with a textured surface.

May 13: Lake Superior is gray, overcast, and mostly calm. It is cold outside today with a high in the morning of 48 with the temps dropping throughout the day.

May 12: The gentle rain overnight really helped to green the vegetation up today. We have fog over the lake and occasionally over the land with limited visibility. Temperatures are in the 50's. Lake Superior is mostly calm and gray in color until the horizon disappears into the fog.

May 11: It was warm when we woke up in the upper 40's but it only got to the low 50's today. We had mostly cloudy skies with a few sprinkles this afternoon. Lake Superior was a dark blue with whitecaps and 2-3ft waves from the ESE. May 10: Apparently everyone in the state had rain today except our tip of the arrowhead. It was fairly warm with highs in the mid 60's hear along the lake. The big lake had whitecaps on the 3-4ft deep blue waves from the ESE. The trees in Grand Marais are beginnning to bud but not much action here on Croftville Road yet.

May 9: Lake Superior has 2-3ft waves from the ESE. The lake is a steel blue away from shore and a steel gray closer to shore. Overhead the skies are clear but sort of hazy. The haze may be from the Alberta fires.

May 8: It was sunny, breezy, and cold along the lake with afternoon temps climbing into the 50's. Lake Superior was nearly glass allowing us to see the rocks on the lake bed.

May 7: The winds from yesterday have subsided. It warmed up late yesterday and ovenight only got down into the upper 40's. Lake Superior is almost periwinkle in color with navy shadows against a white hazy horizon. The surface is textured but has only 6" to 1ft waves from the SSE. Overhead we have clear purplish blue skies. I suspect the purplish tint to the skies over the past few days has to do with the fires up in Alberta.

May 6: I traveled down to Two Harbors today while chaperoning for a middle school band competition. It was 93 degrees when we left to return in the afternoon. With west winds coming down from the hills Lake Superior couldn't stop Two Harbors from being the hot spot in the entire nation. All the windows in the bus were wide open with the students complaining about the heat until we got to Ilgen City which is about 30 miles up the shore. In less than a mile, the temperatures dropped almost 40 degrees. The sound of the bus windows all being closed shut was quite a remarkable noise. By the time we got back to Grand Marais it was only 45 degrees.

May 5: Overhead we have a purplish blue sky which turns to a misty blue sky over Lake Superior. The lake is nearly calm with a fainter purplish blue hue. Although we began the morning in the 30's it is expected to make it into the upper 60's today. I am skeptical but time will tell.

May 4: There are clear blue skies and a blue lake with a navy shadows today. Look like tempes will rise from the upper 30's into maybe the low 60's today. Lake Superior has 2ft roller waves from the SE. There is a lot of water fowl traffic on the lake this morning. They keep fooling me into thinking there is a small child yelling.

May 3: We have alternating rain and black skies followed by sun and blue skies today in Croftville. The lake is mostly calm with a textured surface but its coloring changes as rapidly as the skies do. Temps started in the 30's but has climberd into the 50's.

May 2: It feels warm in the sun and cold in the shade today. Lake Superior is a calm faint blue with a rippled surface. The skies are a deep almost purplish blue today.

May 1: High temps were in the low 50's today along Lake Superior. We had partly cloudy skies with plenty of sun. Lake Superior was a deep blue with 1ft waves from the SE.

April
2016

Apr 30: Lake Superior is dark blue with black shadows and silver highlights. We have 1-2ft waves from the SE. Skies are partly cludy with puffy cumulus clouds. Temps rose into the low 50's today.

Apr 29: Lake Superior is calm and light blue with 6" ripples from the SE. The skies are partly cloudy dotted with large cumulus cotton balls. Temps today have risen into the 50's.

Apr 28: A beautiful and yet chilly spring day here on the Croftville Road. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with 2-3ft waves from the ESE. Skies were blue and clear with a nice breeze in the air.

Apr 27: We were in the 30's overnight and hope the clear blue skies will warm things up more today than yesterday. Lake Superior has 1-2ft bluish purple waves from the SE against a nearly white horizon. There was a loon swimming and calling in front of Croftville Road Cottages this morning.

Apr 26: It was clear and cold today. The winds made the temps in the upper 30's feel much colder. Lake Superior was blue with navy shadows with 2ft waves from the SE.

Apr 25: Big waves, rain, and high winds was our experience on Croftville Road today. The wind gusts at times wanted to knock you off you feet. The rain sometimes turned to snow and sleet. The big brown waves crested at 4-5ft as they churned up the lake and buffeted the shore.

Apr 24: We had rain this morning and throught last night. Temps barely found their way out of the 30's today. Lake Superior was gray and overcast with waves picking up later in the day with the brisk winds.

Apr 23: We have a dark horizon against a faint silver blue calm lake this morning. The first mile from shore the lake has a textured surface but then turns to a glassy surface that almost looks like ice. Overhead we have white overcast skies and temps are in the low 40's.

Apr 22: We have a bright blue lake with navy shadows and 1ft waves coming in straight from the SSE today. Skies are sunny and blue but it is cold. Our afternoon high was only in the mid 40's in spite of the sun high in the sky and all puddles were ice this morning.

Apr 21: Lake Superior is calm wih just ripples for waves today. It is a silver blue against a hazy horizon and a small string of clouds over the lake. Overhead we have clear blue skies and expect temps in the upper 40's today.

Apr 20: It was a beautiful day on the Croftville Road. The morning was sunny, the afternoon was lightly overcast. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the south and was a light blue. Temps stayed in the low 40's along the lake.

Apr 19: Although we had a decent amount of sun, temps stayed in the mid 40's here along the shore in Croftville. Overnight it drops to the mid 30's. Lake Superior is a grayish blue.

Apr 18: There was steady rain and mist most of the day. Temps stayed in the low 40's and Lake Superior was a uniform gray with 1-2ft roller waves

Apr 17: We had an overnight low of 42 and will probably have a high around 50 today. Lake Superior is keeping our temperatures from rising as high as other places in northern Minnesota. Rain and overcast skies is predicted for later today but right now we have clear blue skies. The big lake has 1-2ft waves from the SE. There is a brownish band near the shore, probably from the runoff, and a silver blue band further out.

Apr 16: A beautiful spring day was had by all in Croftville today. The lake was a dark blue gray with 2-3ft waves from the SSE. There were mostly clear skies and temps in the low 50's.

Apr 15: The feel of spring in the air continues. How refreshing it is to wake up without subfreezing temperatures meeting you. I am sure we are still a ways from our last frost, but for right now we are enjoying the spring weather along Croftville Road.

Apr 14: I think I can say that today felt like the true first day of spring here in Croftville. A good breeze, sunny skies, and temps in the upper 40's felt so good here along the North Shore. Lake Superior was bright blue.

Apr 13: Lake Superior was roaring today with 3-4ft waves from the south. We had partly sunny skies and temps stayed above freezing after a morning low of 28. The word is that this should be the last of subfeezing temps for the next week or more. I could use a warm spell like this and am hoping it comes to pass. Once again we saw 2 ore freighters on the lake today. I guess shipping season is in ful force.

Apr 12: It was cold and overcast this morning but the afternoon cleared up and got much warmer than they expected. The highest temp I saw was 42 degrees which feels like a heat wave compared to what we have had the last few weeks. I even saw someone running Croftville Road in their shirt sleeves. We saw 3 ore freighters passing by today, one was really close to shore this morning. It must have been poor weather on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Apr 11: Lake Superior has 2-3ft gray rollers with a textured surface from the SSW today. The wind gusts are powerful and off the lake. There are times I think they will knock me over. Temperatures stayed at freezing last night and probably will not hit 40 today with the overcast skies.

Apr 10: Lake Superior really picked up steam last night. By morning we had 4-5ft thunderous waves from the SSE pounding into the shore and an inch of fresh fluffy snow. Skies are gray overcast and temperatures rose ovenight to above freezing. The lake hase 2 bands, the brownish gray band near the shore from the churning up of the lake bottom by the waves and the greenish gray band further out.

Apr 9: We woke up to 12 degrees this morning after the sun had already been up for an hour. I suspect it got into the single digits last night. Temperatures rose quickly to freezing by noon but once again began to drop quickly in the midafternoon. I am tired of this cold. I am ready for spring. Lake Superior was a beautiful uniform blue with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Apr 8: Yikes, it was above freezing at 2pm and then the temperatures began to plummet. It is only 14 degrees right now before bedtime. We had an unusual snowstorm this afternoon. It lasted less than an hour and dropped about 2" of fluffy snow. We were driving home from Grand Marais with blue skies overhead and saw what looked like a dense fog bank ahead on the road. We thought this was unusual but when we drove into it, it was an instant heavy snowstorm. It ended as abruptly as it started leaving us with the large fluffy snow on the ground and blue skies once again overhead.

Apr 7: It is about 10 degree colder today along the shore. We have almost sunny skies but there is a little bit of haze in the air. Lake Superior has 3ft gray waves with silver highlights from the ESE.

Apr 6: The good news: it stayed above freezing last night. The bad news: we woke to 5" of heavy wet snow on the ground here on Croftville Road. I like snow, but I do not like April snow. We are tired of it and ready for spring. The snow has now turned to a light rain and the prospect for sun today is small. We climbed into the mid 40's this afternoon. Lake Superior is gray with a brownish tint near shore and a bluish tint further out. We have 2-3ft waves from the SE.

Apr 5: It is another chilly morning with temps in the 20's and bright blue skies. The prediction is for more snow later today. Lake Superior is a dull blue with silver highlights and black shadows. Waves are 2-3ft from the south.

Apr 4: We woke up to teens but the blue skies and sun quickly got us into the low 30's. Lake Superior had 3-4ft blue roller waves from the SE with a slightly textured surface. By noon the waves changed to 2ft blue waves with a highly textured surface, green shadows, and coming from the SSE.

Apr 3: Welcome back winter. Temps are in the 20's and 30's. We had 4-5 inches of snow coming down this morning starting at daybreak. It has stopped for the afternoon but we have been assured we should see another 3-4" tonight. In the meantime, temps in southern Minnesota are in the 60's. Lake Superior is roaring with 3-4ft waves from the SE. There is a reddish band close to shore and the rest of the lake is greenish blue with lots of whitecaps.

Apr 2: They have been predicting snow for today but the most we have are snow flurries. Most of the snow came down south of us in Duluth. It is cold enough for snow but we got lucky and missed it. Lake Superior has 2-4ft gray waves with whitecap that can be seen further out.

Apr 1: It is a partly sunny spring day here on Croftville Road. Lake Superior has 2-3ft waves from the SE and temps are in the 30's and 40's.

March
2016

Mar 31: It is a sunny spring day along the shores of Lake Superior with temps in the 30's and 40's. Lake Superior has 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Mar 30: It looks like a day of rain after rain moved in sometime during the night. Lake Superior is gray and calm with a rippled surface this morning. The horizon line is fuzzy with the light rain coming down. Temperature overnight was 42.

Mar 29: Lake Superior was mostly calm and smooth today. Occasionally we could see some 6" waves making their way to shore. The lake was a pale blue but not as pale as the horizon behind it. Temps topped out in the mid 40's today and ovehead we had faintly overcast skies here in Croftville.

Mar 28: It is a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 40's. Lake Superior is a light blue with navy shadows against a faint blue horizon. There are only small 1ft waves from the SE.

Mar 27: We woke up to snow coming down this Easter morning. The snow kept coming down until noon but the less than 1" accumulation was gone by midafternoon. Temps were just above freezing this morning and managed to climb into the upper 30's this afternoon. Lake Superior was blue with a rippled surface. We had a small breeze coming off the lake.

Mar 26: It was misting and overcast today with temps in the lower 30's along Superior. The lake was gray and the horizon vanished into the mist coming down on the lake.

Mar 25: We had sun at times in Croftville. Temps were right above freezing. The shore was a blue gray with 2-3ft waves coming from the ESE. You could see occasional whitecaps out further.

Mar 24: Croftville found its way to 40 degrees today with blue skies, sun, and a breeze. Our snow on the shore continues to melt. The 3-4ft ESE waves on Superior have 3 bands of color. Near the shore it is reddish brown, inbetween we have a band of transluscent green, and further out and to the horizon we have the largest band of steel blue. We have heard the first freighter left Duluth 2 days ago but so far we haven't seen any ships.

Mar 23: Waves are again from the ESE around 3-4ft with whitecaps. Temps are hovering in the 30's and the skies are lightly ovecast with the sun peeking through at times. The moon tonight is beautiful but partly shadowed by the light overcast sky.

Mar 22: It was a gray overcast day with strong 3-4ft waves with whitecaps from the ESE. The lake was a steel blue except for the brown band near the shore. Temps managed to get above freezing and we almost had sun in the afternoon which allowed for some melting.

Mar 21: It was a gorgeous sunrise today. Lake Superior's rippled surface is a metallic gray with blinding reflections against a pale blue horizon. Overhead we have clear blue skies. Temperatures have not yet made their way to freezing.

Mar 20: It was a beautiful sunny day in Croftville. Temps were in the mid 30's and the sun was slowly melting some of the snow we got last Wednesday. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with small ripples of waves coming from the SSW.

Mar 19: We drove back from southern Minnesota today. It was so refreshing to see clear skies begining in Pine City and staying so all the way to Grand Marais. Temps are still hovering around freezing but the lake is a bright blue with black shadows and small waves from the south. Passing through Duluth it was fascinating to see the reddish brown flow of water from the Saint Louis River pushing far out into the blue lake.

Mar 18: We are in Northfield today picking up our son for spring break. Temperatures are around freezing and snow flurries have been coming down all day without accumulation but sometimes limiting visibility. We are told temps are also around freezing in Grand Marais but there are georgeous blue skies.

Mar 17: We ended up with about 8" of this sopping wet snow here in Croftville by the time it stopped today. With temperatures dropping back below freezing it looks like it will stick around longer than we had hoped.

Mar 16: Lake Superior has picked up steam today with 4-5ft waves from the SE pounding into the shore. The lake is a reddish brown for the first 100 yards out and then turns to a translucent blue before it disappears into the falling snow about 200 yards out. The rain turned into heavy snow this morning. So far we have about 4" of heavy wet snow on the ground.

Mar 15: There are 3-4ft waves from the ESE today. They are greenish blue away from the shore with whitecaps. As we get closer to shore the waves turn to a brownish green with muddy gray shadows. Skies are overcast but the horizon line is clear and temperautres are in the low 40's.

Mar 14: We woke up to a mist and then the fog rolled in and stayed all day long. Never got to see the horizon off the lake. Lake Superior was a pale blue gray that morphed seamlessly into a white fog about 200 yard off the shore. Temps were in the 30's and 40's and our snow continues to melt.

Mar 13: We woke up with overcast clouds over the lake and a dark blue front on the lake's horizon. Overhead we still have blue skies. The overnight low was only 46. Our guests did the best they could to have camp fires in spite of the wood being wetter than ideal with the melting snow.

Mar 12: Wow! Temperatures in the 50's today. Our snow is melting fast with the sun out in full force and the warm air. Lake Superior is a brilliant blue with 1-2ft waves from the SE. We went to Duluth shopping and there is no snow left in Duluth except the piles from the snow plows.

Mar 11: Gitche Gumi was light blue glass most of today. The sun overhead was so refreshing and our snow on the shore continued to melt. Afternoon temps were in the 40's.

Mar 10: Over the lake it is a white overcast with light snow coming down. We have accumulated less than an inch so far this morning. The big lake is bluish gray and calm this morning with the horizon line vanishing into the sky a couple hundred yards from the shore. Even with the snow temps stayed above freezing last night here along the lake.

Mar 9: It was in the low 40's when we woke up and stayed in the low 40's all day as the snow continues to melt even with the ansence of the sun. Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves again from the SE.

Mar 8: Lake Superior has 2-3ft waves from the SE. There is no sun today and looks like rain could come down but so far it hasn't. Yes, I did say rain not snow. It stayed in the 40's overnight and looks like that is where the temperatures will stay all day today. Not too much melting without the sun.

Mar 7: Lake Superior has stark blue 2-3ft waves from the SE with blinding reflections in the direction of the sun. There are clear blue skies everywhere and temperatures barely dropped below freezing last night.

Mar 6: It feels like spring today. We woke up just below freezing and the strong sun in the clear blue skies quickly had us in the 40's. Lake Superior is a purplish blue except close to shore which is a blue with green tones in it. We have 1-2ft waves from the SSE.

Mar 5: We woke up to 2 inches of fresh fluffy snow this morning. It wasn't too much work to shovel away but by the time March is here snow shoveling not matter how little seems like an endless chore. Lake Superior is blue against a very faint blue horizon. The lake is pretty calm.

Mar 4: It was a partly sunny day with high temps right around freezing. Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves. Late in the afternoon the skies became overcast and a snow/rain mist started to fall. Apparently, we just got a dusting compared to the snow and rain to the south.

Mar 3: Ice is the name of the game today. With temperautres hovering right around the freezing mark, snow melts in the sun and then refreezes as ice on the frozen ground. Graveling doesn't help much since it is soon buried in a new layer of ice. Lake Superior is a pale blue.

Mar 2: It was 0 degrees when I got to the office this morning. Lake Superior is calm with just a few wisps of clouds in the sky. There is some ice for about 50 feet from the shore, the rest of the lake has a textured blue surface. You can see small gusts of wind moving over the surface.

Mar 1: March came in cold with 4 below zero here in Croftville this morning. Even with the clear blue skies it took until mid-afternoon before we got to our high of 21 and then temps began to sink quickly again. The lake is now cold enough that without waves and cold temps Superior's surface will form ice. We could see vast sheets of thin light blue ice out on the lake this morning with patches of textured surfaces of open water.

February
2016

Feb 29: It got cold overnight. We woke up to clear skies but temps had dropped down to near zero. We won't get out of the mid teens today. The sun feels so good and the lake is a crisp blue with black shadows and white hightlights. The wind is brisk.

Feb 28: We had bouts of snow inbetween bouts of sun today. The waves are huge and the wind is strong. Temperatures are in the 20's and 30's.

Feb 27: We have clear blue skies overhead but the horizon and sunrise are cloaked by a pink and dark blue cloudbank. The big lake has 2-3ft waves from the south. The surface is a reflective silver with greenish black shadows.

Feb 26: The strong winds from yesterday and today worked Lake Superior into a frenzy this afternoon with 4-5ft waves from the SSE pounding the shore. The noise was almost deafening. Temps were comfortable for this time of year waking up in the upper 20's and climbing into the 30's today without any help from the sun.

Feb 25: We have strong winds today making the temps in the 20's feel much colder than they really are. With partly cloudy skies it is nice to see the sun occasionally. When the sun was out Lake Superior is a briliant blue.

Feb 24: Overnight it was in the upper 20's. Today we have seen 30's and just got up to 40 here along the lake. The wet snow/rain mix from yesterday had to shoveled out today. We have partly cloudy skies and a biright blue Lake Superior with dark navy shadows. Waves are 2-3ft from the ESE with a comfortable breeze off the lake.

Feb 23: After snowing and raining all day and accumulating about 3" of slush, I am not in the mood to talk about snow. Temps today were in the 30's and low 40's. The most amazing sight however has been at night. With the moon full last night and nearly full tonight we have the most amazing moonscapes with the full moon reflecting off the lake, the ice on the shore, and the snow. It is like daylight in the sense that everything can be clearly seen but the reflections and shadows are quite different.

Feb 22: It was in the 20's from when we got up to the end of the day today. Lightly overcast skies kept the temperatures steady. Lake Superior had small 1-2ft gray waves from the SE. Although some sun would be nice, it was a good day to venture outdoors.

Feb 21: The rain turned to snow here in Croftville last night. We have about 2" of fresh fluffy stuff over the crusty snow and ice sheets below. Our low overnight was 20 here next to the lake. Superior is a greenish gray with 2ft waves from the SE.

Feb 20: It lightly rained all day today creating sheets of ice over the frozen snow and ground. Lake Superior was just one shade darker than the the gray sky. Temps were in the 30's and 40's.

Feb 19: The snow turned to rain last night so we now have 2" of crusty snow that is frozen to the ground with a light rain coming down. I hope it warms up enough today so the snow gets soft and I can shovel before our guests arrive. Skies are a gray overcast and Lake Superior has 2 bands of color, a brownish gray near the shore and a bluish gray further out. We have 3-4ft waves from the SE.

Feb 18: I traveled to Duluth with overcast skies and freezing rain coming down intermittantly all day. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves all day except once I got near Duluth and it was mostly iced in. Temps are right around freezing.

Feb 17: We had a frigid night of 4 below that came out of nowhere last night, but it has warmed up nicely today in the 20's. Lake Superior 1ft blue waves with navy shadows from the south. There is a gentle wind coming off the lake and we have mostly clear blue skies overhead.

Feb 16: The light overcast skies feels like it could snow. Temps stayed in the upper 20's last night and today. Lake Superior is a light blue gray with a textured surface but no waves. Only the horizon over the lake is dark blue.

Feb 15: We woke up to 3 inches of snow and shoveling. It hovered right around freezing most of the afternoon. Lake Superior was blue with partially cloudy skies overhead.

Feb 14: Temps rose overnight and we are in the 20's this afternoon in Croftville. With the rise in temps also came the strong wind off the lake. With the disappearance of the subzero temps the steam off the lake and the dark low hanging cloudbank over Superior are gone. Also gone is the ice we saw on the lake yesterday. Lake Superior has 3-4ft bluish green waves from the SSE roaring outside.

Feb 13: No question about it, there is clearly ice cubes forming on the surface of a calm Lake Superior this morning. Of course, it is 11 below. The ducks are no fools, they are swimming around in the lake. 32 degree water is much warmer than 11 below air. With the cold of course we have clear skies overhead and the steam rising into the low hanging cloudbank over the lake.

Feb 12: Lake Superior is calm and light blue against a dark clear blue sky overhead. That is of course, except for the low hanging cloud over the middle of the lake. There is almost no wind today but it is cold. Temps began the day at 2 below then dropped during the day.

Feb 11: It was a cold day out there today. We started with 4 below and climbed to a high in double digits. Not too bad, considering, but it was that wind that was the killer today. Best stay inside unless absolutely necessary to go out. It is a good day to watch the steam rise off of Lake Superior and rise into the great cloud that has formed over the lake.

Feb 10: What a sunrise. It was 13 below this morning on the lake. Steam was rising off the lake and up into a low dark gray cloud bank that blanketed the horizon. As the sun peaked over the cloud bank, it's yellow glow lit the tips if the clouds and refected off the blue gray lake. For the first time this season I saw small chunks of ice on the lake surface. Could the lake have cooled down enough for it to begin to freeze. We will know soon, it is supposed to remain cold for the next 3 days.

Feb 9: Lake Superior is stunning this morning. It has 1-2ft blue gray roller waves from the SE. The horizon is a dark gray with white puffy clouds a little above it. Some of the sun is backlighting the clouds. Some of the sun is making it through reflecting white and silver off the lake. The morning low was 5 degrees and we don't expect for it to get much warmer, maybe in the low teens.

Feb 8: We got another 3" of fluffy snow last night. Temperatures have fallen into the single digits last night and are expected to be below zero for lows all this week. Lake Superior is a calm placid gray which blends alomost seamlessly into the sky as flurries continue.

Feb 7: Grand Marais had 4-5" of a wet snow/rain come down today. Further to the south as we traveled back from Northfield all there was was rain from Minneapolis to Cook County. It was 43 in Minnepolis and 38 in Duluth. By the time we got to Grand Marais it was 28.

Feb 6: We are away today in Rochester and I really miss the big lake. Someone told me last night that they really missed Lake Superior not having been there since the fall. I responded that I really miss it not having seen it for 10 hours. I think she thought I was joking, but I was not. It is nice to celebrate with family and I will see Gitche Gumi tomorrow night.

Feb 5: We traveled south to Rochester today after shoveling out 2" of snow that had fallen overnight. Temps were in the 20's here but rised steadily as we went south. It was 40 degrees by the time we made it to Rochester. However, the snow from the blizzard on Tuesday in southern Minnesota could be seen everywhere.

Feb 4: We didn't get the big storm this week in Grand Marais but we have been getting snow 1-3" at a time instead. It was another day of shoveling out from 2" of fresh snow here by the lake. It is cold again in the teens for a high. The skies were clear last night and the stars were breathtaking in the crisp night.

Feb 3: It is windy out today. The horizon to the south is a dark, dark gray showing the large snowstorm that just grazed us her along the North Shore but clobbered people in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin yesterday. We had an inch or two of snow last night but with the winds blowing the snow around it is hard to tell how much. It is also colder today and I don't think we will see 20 today. Lake Superior has a mostly calm black and white textured surface. You can watch the gusts of wind hit the surface and disseminate out across the lake.

Feb 2: Temps stayed in the 20's today. Skies were a white overcast and the big lake was gray. It looks like the winter storm to the south of us is going to mostly miss us. Winds have begun to pick up this afternoon.

Feb 1: It was a sunny first day of February. Temps were in the 20's and low 30's. Lake Superior was a striking blue.

January
2016

Jan 31: There are clear blue skies overhead with thin cirrus clouds over Lake Superior. Lake Superior has 1ft roller waves on a textured surface. The sun's reflection off the lake makes it a blinding white. Elsewhere the lake surface has white highlights and drk blue shadows.

Jan 30: Teresa woke up to about 5" of wet snow this morning. That means a lot of work but the nice part is today's weather. It climbed to 40 degrees here along the lake and when the sun was out it almost felt like spring. Lake Superior was an azure blue in the sunlight.

Jan 29: It is overcast with light snow this morning. They are predicting heavy snow up to 5" later today but for now the snow flurries are beautiful and enjoyable even though more shoveling is on the way. Our guests tell us the the ski trails on Pincushion are in fantastic condition. Our skis are still put away in storage during our inn construction but I look forward to getting back out on the trails next winter. Temps are in the 20's along the shore.

Jan 28: I spent the day traveling to and from Duluth after plowing and shoveling 4" of fresh snow that fell yesterday afternoon and last night. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue along the way and surprisingly calm. With the Soo Locks closed, it is funny not to see ore freighters or other ships on the lake somewhere along a Duluth road trip from Grand Marais. Temperatures were in the 20's and 30's.

Jan 27: Temps dropped into the teens last night and rebounded into the 20's this morning. Gitche Gumi is roaring with southern 4-5 foot greenish gray waves. You can see substantial whitecaps out further from shore. Snow is predicted for this afternoon.

Jan 26: Plenty of snow shoveling to take care of this morning but it was beautiful out with temps in the 20's and a lightly overcast white sky. Lake Superior was a bluish gray all the way to the horizon.

Jan 25: We traveled to Duluth today with snow covered road from Lutsen on. By the time we returned Grand Marais had 3" of fresh snow. The snow is beautiful. The white skies obscured our view of Superior which was a dark gray.

Jan 24: An inch of snow fell overnight. Temperatures remain in the 20's even through the night. Lake Superior is many shades of gray with 1ft waves from thr SSE. Skies are a gray overcast this morning.

Jan 23: It is another beautiful day with blue skies overhaed and wispy clouds over the lake. It is in the 20's with a brisk wind and you can feel moisture in the air. They are predicting light snow for tonight. Lake Superior has 1-2ft blue waves with navy shadows from the SE.

Jan 22: It is a beautiful day with blue skies overhead and wispy clouds over the lake. Lake Superior has 1ft blue waves with navy shadows from the SE. There was a low of 9 but the sun quickly warmed us up into the 20's.

Jan 21: Today we have temps in the 20's along the shore with mostly cloudy skies and small patches of blue. Lake Superior is calm and gray and you can see gusts of wind buffet the surface and move out onto the lake.

Jan 20: Lake Superior is a uniform gray with 1ft waves coming straight in from the SSE. Skies are a white overcast with light fluffy snowflakes coming down. Temps began in the teen and rose into the 20's today.

Jan 19: Overnight was only 2 below here on Lake Superior. Do I dare call this a heat wave? It is expected to warm into the teens this afternoon. We have clear blue skies except over the lake. Lake Superior is calm with only ripples on tis silver blue surface aghainst the dark dark gray horizon.

Jan 18: We had a high of 2 above here along the lake with morning temps of 10 below. It is cold, it is windy, and it chills you to the bone to be outside. Lake Superior is spectacular with the steam rising off its surface and it waves creating amazing ice sculptures along the shore.

Jan 17: It is too cold and windy today for man to be outside. We have a high around 10 below and high winds which drop the wind chills down into the 40 below area. It is a great day to watch the steam rise off the lake while sitting next to a fire.

Jan 16: Colder temperatures this morning and continuing to fall today. We are at 8 degrees at noon heading to subzero highs the next few days. Looks like for right now we are the high temperature in the state of Minnesota. Skies are an overcast gray with the lake almost the very same hue. Lake Superior is calm with a slightly rippled surface.

Jan 15: Woke up to a total of 5" of fluffy snow from yesterday and last night. Temperatures are in the 20's today with white overcast skies above us. Over the lake we have mostly dark cloudy skies with a few rays of sun poking through. Lake Superior has 1-2ft silver gray waves with army green shadows from the SE. Lots of shoveling to do.

Jan 14: Went to bed at 8 below, woke up to 8 above. Quite a change overnight here along the lake. Skies are a bluish gray overcast with light snow coming down. We have about 1" of accumulation from this morning to 3pm. The lake only has about a quarter mile visibility. We have 2ft bluish green waves with dark olive shadows from the SE.

Jan 13: At only 4 below this morning it is possible the cold mass of air is beginning to thaw. We have dark overcast skies this morning not giving the sun a chance to make its presence known. Lake Superior is again surprisingly calm with a textured silver and black surface. The dark horizon makes it easy to see the white steam curling up off the lake surface.

Jan 12: It was another cold day but Lake Superior kept us much warmer than many others in Minnesota. We finally crept a little above zero in the afternoon before falling below by sunset. Lake Superior had a silver blue textured surface with a dark horizon. Above the horizon was the bank of white clouds hovering over the lake as steam rises off the surface.

Jan 11: It was our coldest morning of the winter with 6 below here beside the lake. Skies are clear, the lake is calm with a rippled silver gray textured surface. The horizon is a dark blue over the UP with a puffy white cloud bank hovering out over the lake with small whirlwinds if steam rising off the surface. Above the cloudbank is the sun obscured partially by a white haze.

Jan 10: It was 2 below this morning and we had a high of 8 down here along the lake. Since the lake still has no ice on it we can bet that it is 10-15 cooler inland from the lake. Lake Superior is pretty calm. With the cold temperatures we can see the little curlicues of steam lifting off the surface. And a large white cloud is assembling over the lake. Elsewhere we have sun and clear blue skies.

Jan 9: It was down to 15 this morning. As we traveled to Duluth for the day we saw temps drop all day long. By the time we returned to Grand Marais it was just 6 degrees here alongh the lake. Inland the temps are reported to be well below zero. Lake Superior was stunning today with the clear blue skies and sunshine make the surface of the lake a silvery blue.

Jan 8: We had temperatures in the upper 30's today with light snow and rain coming down all day. All together we probably got 2-3 inches of snow/slush accumulated. Skies were white overcast and Lake Superior was a light gray. Temps are to plummet this evening so any of the slush we want to remove had to be done before dark.

Jan 7: Lake Superior is a light blue with dark gray shadows and 1-2ft waves from the SE. Skies are white with intermittent light snow coming down. We got less than an inch overnight. Temps remain in the 30's.

Jan 6: Yesterday was high winds and high waves. Today the air is still and the lake is a calm uniform light gray. Skies are lightly overcast with temperatures in the 30's aalong the lake.

Jan 5: Overnight we only got down to 30 here by the lake with strong winds from the lake blowing at us. At sunrise we have dark gray overcast skies. There is only one break in the overcast right on the lake horizon where there is a sliver of open sky. As the sun broke over the horizon that small slit produced a pure red light that waxed as the sun rose and then waned as the sun rose behind the overcast skies. The whole event lasted less than 10 minutes but it was spectacular. Now all that is left is a faint orange glow near the horizon. Lake Superior is buffeting the shore with 3-4ft waves and whitecaps from the south.

Jan 4: Temps have rose steadily today starting around 20 and now at 35 at 7pm. You can feel moisture in the air which really makes you cold in the brisk breeze. Lake Superior is blue with 2-3ft waves. We have partly cloudy skies but very little sun.

Jan 3: We have lightly overcast skies, a calm blue gray Lake Superior, and temps in the 20's and low 30's. After a chilly wind yesterday, it is a great day to be outside.

Jan 2: Wow, clear blue skies this morning. I can't remember the last time we had a sunny day. Temps are hovering around freezing. Lake Superior has 3ft waves coming straight in from the SSE. The lake is a pleasant pure blue after what seems like an endless stream of near gray surfaces.

Jan 1: We have mostly cloudy skies against a steel gray lake and 3ft waves from the SE. Every once in awhile some rays of sun make their way through the purplish blue heavy clouds. Temps are in the 20's with highs approaching 30. Happy New Year's Day.

December
2015

Dec 31: We have white overcast skies on top of a uniform gray Lake Superior to close out 2015. We have 2-3ft roller waves from the SE. Temperatures are pleasant in the 20's and our guests report great conditions for cross sountry skiing and dog sledding on the area trails.

Dec 30: Temps are in the 20's. We have about 3" of snow cover down along the shore with more than a foot up the trail. Skies are a gray overcast except for the dark, dark blue horizon across the lake. Lake Superior has 1ft light gray rollers from the SE.

Dec 29: The horizon toward northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan was a dark almost blackish blue, a sign of the massive storm traveling to there from southern Minnesota. We missed it entirely here with only a few snow flurries. Lake Superior had 5ft SE rollers generated by the winds from this storm. Overhead we had white overcast skies. Temps remained in the teens and 20's here near the lake. We saw a freighter all lit up passing tonight.

Dec 28: They are talking of an enormous storm heading across southern and central Minnesota. It looks like the predictors have Duluth right on te edge and Grand Marais missing it. We have overcast skies with snow flurries, we have strong winds which make the temperatures in the teens feel mich colder. The winds have generated 5ft gray rollers crashing into the Croftville shore from the SE. Teresa saw 2 freighters pass by today.

Dec 27: Ouch, it was cold this morning and stayed cold all day. We had a low of 12, climbed to a high of 18 this afternoon and is now down to 8. Had to shovel the couple inches of snow that fell yesterday along the shore. I here they have lots of snow on the ground starting at Pincushion Mountain. Skies were lightly overcast and the lake was a dark gray.

Dec 26: We drove in rain and snow all the way from the Twin Cities to Grand Marais today. We left around 10am from Prior Lake with 2" of fresh fluffy snow. Through Minneapolis and the northern suburbs it was a freezing mist. By the time we made it to Pine City everything turned to snow. Temperatures started at 30 in Minneapolis and steadily crept downward to 22 by the time we arrived in Grand Marais. Didn't really get to see the lake with the snow and darkness.

Dec 25: Merry Christmas. There is just enough of a crusty white covering on the ground in Rochester to justify calling it a white Christmas. Temperatures are in the upper 20's and skies are partly cloudy. Tomorrow we head back to Grand Marais after a wonderful family filled Christmas in Rochester.

Dec 24: There is a light dusting of snow in SE Minnesota this morning. It doesn't look good for a white Chritmas in this corner of the state. Temperatures are hovering in the low 30's. We wonder what it is like in Croftville without us there.

Dec 23: It is warm this morning with temps in the upper 30's as we get ready to go to Rochester for Christmas. This will be the first year away from Lake Superior for Christmas since we moved here in 2003. The slushy snow is melting fast and our driveways are shear ice. It may be a green Christmas near the shore if the predicted snow doesn't show up tomorrow.

Dec 22: There was a dusting of snow overnight. Today the skies are heavily overcast and Lake Superior is a dark blue gray. We have 1-2ft waves from the SE. Temps were in the low 30's when we got up and have stayed there all day long. The nights are extra long without the sun peeking out during the day this time of year. Dec 21: Lake Superior is grayish green with 1-2ft waves from the SE. Temps are in the 20's and 30's. Skies are lightly overcast.

Dec 20: Lake Superior is relatively calm today with 1-2ft brownish gray waves from the SE. Temperatures rose during the night and we woke up to 30 degrees, overcast skies, and a high of 36 this afternoon.

Dec 19: It is another cold day with a high of about 20. We have mostly cloudy skies with just a peak of the sun once in awhile. Lake Superior has 2-3ft waves from the south. The lake is a pale blue green today.

Dec 18: It is the first time this season that we have seen temperatures in the teens this morning. That is quite remarkable for Dec 18th. We pride ourselves as cold weather people but with the long spells of warm weather so far this winter, even teens feel really cold. We have clear blue skies overhead but over the lake we have a cauldron of dark clouds with rays of sunlight finding their way through here and there. It is good to see a little sunlight. Lake Superior has 2-3ft purple gray waves from SSW.

Dec 17: Temperatures dropped into the low 20's last night changing our slush to frozen ice. All the rain and 4 inches of snow down on the shore converted to 10-12" of wet snow up on the hill. We still had some some flurries today and just after dark we had about 2" of fluffy snow, it looked a lot like lake effect snow. Lake Superior continues to churn 4ft waves from the SE.

Dec 16: Snow and freezing rain is the order for the day. It is currently 9am and it is still quite dark outside with the heavy gray overcast skies and a light mist coming down with temps in the upper 30's. Lake Superior is a uniform bluish gray exccept for the whitecaps on the 3-4ft waves from the SE. The whitecaps are an uncharacteristic light gray.

Dec 15: Sleet and freezing rain from yesterday afternoon and last night left a 1/4" coat of ice everywhere in Croftville and the Grand Marais vicinity. Up the hill this sleet took the form of snow. It is colder this morning in the mid 20's but temps began to warm up later in the afternoon as a new storm front is moving in for tomorrow. Skies are dark and look like winter especially out near the horizon.

Dec 14: It is a bit cooler today with temps just above freezing. The big lake has 2 distinct bands, a brown band near the shore and an aquamarine band further out. The lake horizon is a dark purple whereas the rest of the sky is a light gray overcast. An old ore freighter passed by this morning as 4ft waves continued to pound the shore.

Dec 13: The lake is roaring today. We have 4-5ft waves from the SSW and we can begin to see a brown band along the edge of the lake due to runoff and the churning of the lakebed from the huge waves. It is raining/sleeting here in Croftvillle and I am sure it must be wet snow up on the trail. Once again our mild temps continue with highs in the low 40's. Dec 12: The sunrise gave us hope that we might see the sun today. We could see open skies and cloud banks over the lake but conditions changed rapidly back to the white overcast skies. Lake Superior after a brief splash of color at sunrise turned back to a gray monotone color the rest of the day. Temps once again stayed in the low 40's from sunrise to sunset.

Dec 11: It was another gray lake against a gray sky day today. There were a few snow flurries in the afternoon in spite of it being in the upper 30's. The funny part of the day is that it was coldest around noon in the low 30's but warmer in the morning and the evening. That doesn't happen very often.

Dec 10: No sun today. Lake Superior is gray against gray skies with 1ft waves and dark gray shadows from the ESE. The rain and drizzle has been constant since lat last night. Temps stayed near 40 last night and are in the low 40's today.

Dec 9: The sun is out today with mostly sunny skies. The temps are in the upper 40's but with the sun it feels much warmer than the past few days. Lake Superior is a deep blue with dark olive shadows and 1-2ft textured waves from the south.

Dec 8: Our mild weather continues waking up to temperatures in the 40's this morning. The skies are a light gray overcast. Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves from the south. The waves are a greenish gray near the shore and turn to a blue gray further out. None of the snow from last week is left here on the shore but I have heard there is still 3" of snow up the trail.

Dec 7: Lake Superior is a uniform gray with a textured surface and 1ft waves from the SSE. The sky on the horizon is streaked with bands of light blue and white but the sky overhead is a gray overcast. Temps continue to be mild with a low of 29 last night and highs in the low 40's today.

Dec 6: Not much sun today, it was just slightly overcast. Temps stayed above freezing last night and were in the mid 40's today. Lake Superior was blue with 2-3ft waves.

Dec 5: It is still amazingly warm. The frost on the Croftville Road pavement was gone by 9am. We had temps in the mid 40's today with lightly overcast skies. Lake Superior was a pure blue with 1-2ft waves.

Dec 4: It was a lightly overcast and yet warm day once again today starting in the upper 20's and climbing to 40. Lake Superior had 3ft steel blue waves from the SE. The waning moon is now less than half and could be watched setting in the morning skies.

Dec 3: It was a warm day with highs in the 40's and a low around 30. Lake Superior had 2-3ft aquamarine waves with spectacular white crests as the waves broke near shore.

Dec 2: The rain and snow is done leaving us with about a half inch of snow on the ground, mostly overcast skies, and temperatures once again in the upper 30's. Lake Superior is gray with 1-2ft roller waves from the SE.

Dec 1: It rained all night and all morning. Even though the temperatures were well into the 30's, the rain turned to wet snow in the afternoon and accumulated about an inch by nightfall. Lake Superior was a stormy gray with 2-3ft waves from the SSE.

November
2015

Nov 30: We have clear blue skies, a little mist rising off Lake Superior, and temps in the upper 30's. The lake has 1-2ft roller waves from the SSE.

Nov 29: We have warmed back up out of the 20's and are back in the 30's today. Lake Superior has 1-2ft blue waves from the ESE with navy shadows and white highlights on the crests of the waves. Overhead we have clear blue skies with an occasional wisp of a cloud passing by.

Nov 28: We got back to Duluth in time to see the blue textured surface of Lake Superior against a pale blue fuzzy horizon before it got dark. Temperatures were in the mid 30's in Duluth just before sunset.

Nov 27: We are still in southern Minnesota for one more day before heading back to our home in Grand Marais. Everyone who heres where we are from tell us how beautiful it is there and how much they hope to come back and visit Grand Marais again.

Nov 26: We are in southern Minnesota today celebrating Thanksgiving Day with our family. It is interesting to see how different the woods are here compared to the boreal forest. There are virtually no evergreens and the hardwood trees minimize the amount of underbrush you see particularly in the late fall.

Nov 25: Lake Superior has 2 horizontal bands this morning, a brownish orange band near the shore and a greenish blue band further out to the horizon. The lake has 1-2ft waves coming in straight from the SSE. Skies are uniformly overcast. Temperatures stayed near 40 all night. We are packing for Thanksgiving in southern Minnesota and will be passing our guests checking in on Interstate 35.

Nov 24: The sun popped up over the dark purple cloudbank on the horizon at 7:45 this morning. It was bright yellow and reflected yellow light on the textured but fairly calm surface of the periwinkle lake. Temperatures remained in the low 30's last night and may hit 40 today.

Nov 23: We woke up to almost an inch of snow accumulation this morning. Just enough to have to shovel the pathways this morning. Lake Superior is calm underneath the white overcast skies. Temps are just above freezing so it is unlikely the snow will stay. However, the boys in there snow ploughs and plough trucks had their toys out on the road to try them out for the first time this season.

Nov 22: We have mostly cloudy skies with large gray bottomed cumulus clouds with bright white tops. Temperatures are hovering around freezing. Lake Superior has 2-3ft bright blue waves from the south with dark green shadows.

Nov 21: It is the coldest day of the season so far with a high temp of 25 here along the lake. Lake Superior is a beautiful blue with light snow coming down intermittently.

Nov 20: The lake is silver with black shadows this morning as the sun works to rise up over the dark cloud mass over the lake and to the south. Overhead in Croftville we have blue skies with just a few wisps of clouds. Temperatures are in the upper 20's and the strong winds from the west from yesterday have subsided. The lake has 3-4ft waves from the south.

Nov 19: We had a dusting of snow today with temperatures hovering in the low 30's all day before dropping into the upper 20's at dark. Most of the day was either a mist or light snow. Lake Superior's waves were at 6-7ft and thunderous. The undulating din of the lake was almost deafening. The huge whitecaps and then the breaking waves near shore were a spectacular sight. We also saw a saltie and a freighter pass by to Duluth.

Nov 18: It rained all night and it looks like it is going to rain all day. We have moderate rain, overcast skies, and temperautures in the 50's. The 2 horizontal bands on Lake Superior are very pronounced today. The reddish brown band near the shore and the aqua green band further out. There are 2-3ft waves from the SE but no visible whitecaps. Nov 17: It is a dark overcast day today with light rain that is intermittent at times. Temps stayed in the 40's last night and rose to 50 today. Lake Superior has a brown band near the shore and a greenish blue band further out. Waves are 2-3ft from the SE with textured surface.

Nov 16: Traveling to Duluth today we saw many ore freighters including one in Croftville as we left this morning. We picked up the rain just as we entered Lake County and the rain was with us the rest of the day. Temperatures stayed in the upper 40's. Fog was very thick at times especially near sunset.

Nov 15: What and amazing day for the ides of November. We have 50 degrees, clear blue skies, a brisk wind off the lake, and steel blue 2-3ft waves from the SE with dark navy shadows and whitecaps.

Nov 14: We woke up to 32 but quickly we were in the 40's where we stayed all day. Lake Superior was in fall roughness form today. The steel gray lake with strong 4ft waves from the south drowned out all other sounds when you were outside. Skies were mostly sunny and the sunrise and sunset were in spectacular arrays of colors with the wispy clouds near the horizon.

Nov 13: For Friday the 13th we were welcomed with a dusting of snow overnight. We had maybe a half inch acculmulation on the roofs and cars and it was all gone by 9am. Our daughter was disappointed that it snowed whil we were asleep so we haven't seen our first snowflakes falling from the sky yet. Temps are in the 30's and should make it into the 40's this afternoon before warming back up for next week. This sky is a light gray overcast except for the dark gray over the lake. Lake Superior is a purplish gray with 1-2ft rollers from the SE.

Nov 12: At first glance the lake seems calm but all of a sudden you hear a crashing sound and look up to see a 3-4ft smooth roller wave from the ESE hitting the shore about every 12-15 seconds. What a strange thing to see these large smoot waves spaced between what seems like a fairly calm lake. Temps dropped a little today positioning themselves in the 40's. With it we have intermittent light rain. I have my doubts we are going to see the predicted snow here along Lake Superior.

Nov 11: This may be our last day in the 50's for awhile. Colder temps and maybe even some wet snow are on the way. We had lightly overcast skies. The lake had 2ft grayish waves from the SE.

Nov 10: Lake Superior was quieter today with 1-2ft waves from the SE. It was a beautiful warm and mostly sunny day with highs again in the 50's. We could see some of our guests climbing and hiking the rocks on our shore and taking it all in.

Nov 9: It was into the 50's once again today as unseasonbly warm weather continues here along Lake Superior. There were clear blue skies over the lake with 3-4ft waves from the south pounding the shore.

Nov 8: Big waves, strong wind, and clear blue skies today in Croftville. The 3-4ft waves are blue with olive green shadows and whitecaps from the SSW. We hit a high of 52.

Nov 7: We have clear blue skies overhead with partly cloudy skies over the lake. We have 1-2ft long roller waves from the south on a textured lake surface. The lake is blue with green shadows and blinding white reflections from the sun.

Nov 6: It was lightly overcast day with a blue gray lake and strong winds coming from the SW. Temperatures hovered in the 40's and 50's.

Nov 5: After overcast skies and mist the skies finally opened up right after dark and dumped heavy rains on us. Temperautres were quite warm in the 50's.

Nov 4: We had fog and mist all day today here in Croftville. Temperatures hovered on either side of 50 degrees. You could see the first 100 yards before Lake Superior disappeared into the fog. The lake had 1-2ft blue gray waves from the SE for the little of the lake you could see.

Nov 3: With temperatures in the 50's it seems strange to say that Lake Superior looked like winter today, but it did. We had a black lake with 3-4ft waves from the SE and a mixture of whitecaps. The horizon carried a dark gray cloud front but overhead we had a moderately overcast sky. The wind off the lake was brisk.

Nov 2: It is a mostly cloudy morning. The sunrise over the lake is beautiful as the many colored lights stream through the cloud cover and reflect off the lake. Lake Superior is calm with a rippled sufrface. Overnight it only got to 42 and it will be another warm day here along the shore.

Nov 1: We traveled back to Grand Marais today from the twin cities. The unseasonably warm temperatures followed us all the way back with temperatures in the 50's the entire way. By the time we made it to Superior cloud cover had taken over the North Shore. Lake Superior was gray, calm, and had a ditinct horizon line which made it easy to spot the ore freighters even if they were a long ways off from shore.

October
2015

Oct 31: We traveled to southern Minnesota for a cross country meet at Como Park. Later on we were trick or treating with our daughter and grandchild. He had on a Grand Marais sweatshirt over his batman outfit that someone handing out candy saw. She said, "Oh I love Grand Marais, it is my favorite town in Minnesota."

Oct 30: It is a gray overcast day with light rain and mist at times. Temperatures began in the low 40's and ended with a high in the upper 40's. Lake Superior is a metallic gray with a hint od green in it. Waves have a few whitecaps and are 3-4ft from the SSW.

Oct 29: It was warm overnight in the 40's. We saw 3 ore freighters pass by us today. It is the time of year that they start taking the safer northerly route across Lake Superior. The lake is roaring today with 4-5ft waves from the SSE. Most of the day has been heavily overcast but every once in awhile the sun has teased us with its presence.

Oct 28: It rained all night and looks like it will rain all day. It stayed warm in the upper 40's last night. Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves crashing into the shore from the SE. The lake is a brownish gray except close to shore where it is a transluscent green.

Oct 27: It was a warm day here in Croftville starting in the 40's and still in the 50's at 8pm. Lake Superior was a steel gray with 3ft waves and many whitecaps. Skies were overcast with a light rain coming down at times.

Oct 26: We traveled to Duluth today moving from clear skies here in Grand Marais to rain in Duluth. Luckily, as we reversed our trip and headed back home we once again drove out of the rain and overcast back to clear skies here in Grand Marais. As we unloaded our vehicle the full moon was rising over Lake Superior.

Oct 25: There was a frozen thin coat of ice on everything this morning but temperatures warmed up quickly to a high of 52 with clear blue skies. Lake Superior is a deep sky blue with dark olive shadows with 1-2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE.

Oct 24: I spent the day up the Gunflint Trail and didn't return to Superior until after dark. The day began with rain and wind continuing from yesterday. By the afternoon only the wind remained, and by suppertime the wind was gone, too. Traveling back down the trail we enjoyed clear skies with a nearly full mooon.

Oct 23: It was dark today along Lake Superior. The rain didn't begin until about 2pm and I am surprised it didn't start earlier. Low temps were in the 30's and the high in the 50's. Lake Superior was a uniform gray.

Oct 22: It was a beautiful partly cloudy fall day in Croftville. We had a high in the 50's. Lake Superior was a sterling blue.

Oct 21: We had rain early this morning ending with the sunrise. The rest of the day was heavily overcast with temps ranging from the low 40's to the low 50's. Lake Superior was a uniform gray except for a narrow almost black band at the horizon. We had 1-2ft waves from the SSE.

Oct 20: Lake Superior built up waves all day long. By nightfall they were 3-5ft waves. The lake was a metallic gray with silver bands reflecting the sun that were almost blinding. Temps were comfortable with a low of 36 and a high of 52.

Oct 19: It was a beautiful fall day climbing into the low 60's this afternoon. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with 1-2ft waves.

Oct 18: After a morning low of 30 we have clear blue skies and temperatures climbing rapidly into the 50's. We have 1-2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE. They are a dark sky blue with aqua green shadows.

Oct 17: We were down to 28 here on the lake. That is the end of any uncovered plants or flowers for this year. It was a gorgeous albeit cold fall day here on Lake Superior with a high in the mid 40's. We had partly cloudy skies with thin wispy clouds and plenty of sun. Those blue skies refelected off the calm water on the lake and the cresant moon did the same after night fell.

Oct 16: We started with a frosty 31 degrees here on the lake. The word is out that there will be a killing frost tonight. Although a bit chillier today, it should be a beautiful fall day with clear blue skies as the backdrop for a clear blue lake. Superior is calm htis morning with a textured surface.

Oct 15: We had a little bit of everything today both from the sky and from the lake. Waves grew all day long until we had 4-5ft waves by late afternoon from the SSW. The deafening sound of the waves was in harmony with the sounds of the wind. Overhead we had quick moving cumulus clouds disrupt our clear skies. Every once in a while those clouds would douse us with a short rain. Temps began in the upper 30's and found their way to the upper 50's.

Oct 14: There was plenty of frost in Croftville but our temperature still showed 40 degrees next to thje lake. It is a beautiful red-orange sunrise against purple clouds over the lake and a blue Lake Superior with 1ft roller waves from the south. We are distinctly past peak colors now with the winds on Sunday stripping many leaves from the trees. You can begin to see futher into the boreal forest.

Oct 13: The morning started with an ore freighter heading towards Duluth just outside our place. We had partly cloudy skies that sometimes changed into a full overcast sky. The 60's of yesterday have been replaced with 40's and 50's today. Lake Superior is a uniform blue and realtively calm with small waves from the south in spite of the large winds we heard overnight.

Oct 12: The day started with clear blue skies but soon the skies clouded up and by noon we had a mist that turned into a light rain all afternoon. Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves from the SSE no doubt propagated by the high winds reported near Duluth. Here we have a brisk breeze but nothing too severe.

Oct 11: It was an unseasonably warm day with temps in the 60's all day. We had clear skies but hazy near the horizon. There was plenty of wind and a bright blue lake with 2ft waves. We went and hiked Mount Josephine in Grand Portage and enjoyed the panaramic views.

Oct 10: The waves have changed directions and picked up today. We have 3-4ft black and blue waves pounding the shore from the SSW. There are cloudy skies with very little sun but temps have climbed into the 60's this afternoon.

Oct 9: It is a mostly cloudy day here on Croftville Road. Lake Superior is a bluish gray with a textured surface but no discernable waves. There is a black narrow band at the horizon. Temps are in the 40's and 50's.

Oct 8: Rain started falling late last night and rained steady all through the night and this morning. This afternoon the skies remained heavily overcast and misted at times. Lake Superior had a wintery look to it with purplish horizon against a slate colored lake with only small 1ft waves from the SE.

Oct 7: It was 37 this morning in Croftville. This was the first time this fall that we dropped into the 30's alongside the lake. It was also a stunningly beautiful autumn day. A light breeze, blue skies, and temps quickly climbing into the upper 50's. The colors are at peak or just past peak here along the lake and it was a perfect day for a hike in the forest. Lake Superior is a brilliant blue.

Oct 6: We woke up to 44 and a beautiful red sunrise. The clear blue skies quickly brought our temperatures rising towards the 60's. Lake Superior is a dark dark blue with dazzling white reflections from the sun. The direction of the 1ft waves has changed to the south.

Oct 5: We have cloudy skies today. The sun was able to peak out under the clouds at sunrise before rising into the cloud cover. The morning low is 44 next to Superior. The lake is a grayish blue against a bright blue horizon line. Waves are 1ft rollers from the SE with a textured surface. Yesterday was a perfect day for a fall hike in the colored forest.

Oct 4: Here along the shore we are certainly in peak color right now. I am surprised the wind from yesterday didn't blow more of the colorful leaves off the trees but they are still hanging on. Lake Superior has calmed down to 2ft waves this morning and is a light blue with navy shadows with blinding white reflections of the sun as it rises in the east.

Oct 3: What an awesome fall day along Lake Superior. Temperatures ranged in the low 40's to low 50's. We had partly cloudy skies with small cumulus clouds dirfting by. We had a brisk wind that helped generate striking whitecaps and thunderous 4-5ft waves on Lake Superior from the ESE. The lake itself was a deep blue that turned almost black by late afternoon except for a band of brown near the shore from all the churning up of the lake bottom from the waves.

Oct 2: With a low of 45 and clear blue skies this morning it is going to be another wonderful fall day along Lake Superior. Fall colors here in Croftville are nearing or are now at peak.We do have partly cloudy skies looking toward the south over the lake. The lake itself is a dark blue with dark olive green shadows and silver highlights. The waves are surprisingly loud for 1-2ft crests from the SE.

Oct 1: Temperatures dropped only to 40 last night along the lake although most areas inland had frost. October starts just like Septemeber ended with highs in the 50's and clear blue skies. Lake Superior was an almost blackish blue with 3-4ft waves and a strong wind from the SE. There were many whitecaps. If you could get out of the wind it was warm, if not, you couldn't get warm. In the afternoon we watched a dark sky pass to our north but conditions here stayed ideal.

September
2015

Sept 30: It is a beautiful fall day here in Croftville. Highs are again in the 50's and we have clear skies. Lake Superior is a deep piercing blue with 3ft waves from the SE whose crests are blindingly white as they reflect the sun.

Sept 29: We sat by a fire tonight and watched the moon rise right on the edge of the lake to the east. From our beach the large orange full orb came up right between an outcropping of ledgerock and a balsam fir. The skies were clear and it was quite chilly dropping quickly in the 40's after the sunset. As the moon rose it became white and its refecting light off the lake was almost blinding.

Sept 28: The moon is rising over the lake and is spectacular with the reflections off the water. Today was a gorgeous fall day with temps in the 50's and the sun finding its way out for the afternoon. Lake Superior was a pale blue and had the look of a winter lake with dark skies near the horizon.

Sept 27: I saw a full moon through our window early this morning around 4am. With that I knew the fog of yesterday had finally lifted. We have blue skies this morning with wispy clouds. It is hazy over the lake but we can see the horizon. We have 2-3ft pale blue roller waves from the SE with dark blue shadows. Temperautres are in the low 50's and should warm up with the sun.

Sept 26: It was heavy fog when we woke up, fog all day, and fog when we went to bed all along the North Shore today. We never saw the big lake even once all the way to Duluth and back to Croftville. Temperatures remained in the mid 50's all day.

Sept 25: There was no rain today but the heavy dew from this morning never left the entire day. We had lightly overcast skies with bouts of fog coming in to shore at times. Lake Superior was a light gray with hints of blue.

Sept 24: It rained through most of the night and started back up again this morning. The rain is not as steady as yesterday and the overcast skies are not as dark. Temps dropped into the 40's last night and are in the low 50's today. Lake Superior is a dark gray with a blue tint except near the shore which is brown from the runoff. There are 2-3ft waves from the SE with olive green shadows.

Sept 23: The rain began about 10:30 this morning. Boy, this was a soaker that was steady all through the day and most of the night. The skies were quite dark, the darkness you usually associate with late fall and early winter. Lake Superior continued to crash its 3ft dark gray waves against our shore. Temperatures were in the 50's.

Sept 22: The skies are still clear blue but they say rain is on the way. Lake Superior is gorgeous with 1-2ft blue waves. Trees are beginning to show the change of color nearly everywhere. Temps are in the 50's and 60's.

Sept 21: Fall is officially here, but it feels like summer today. Clear blue skies and temperatures are expected to get into the 70's here along the shore. Gitche Gumi has 2-3ft waves from the SE buffeting the shore. The lake is a silver blue with black shadows.

Sept 20: It was a warm day along the shore with clear blue skies and temps in the upper 60's. A brisk wind from multiple directions felt refreshing when you were outside. The lake had 2-3 foot sky blue waves with navy shadows and silver highlights.

Sept 19: We woke up to a morning low of 46 but the sun with the clear skies is warming things up nicely. The heavy dews we are used to seeing in the fall are here in full force and you can't walk through the grass in the morning without getting your feet drenched. Lake Superior only has ripples on it this morning which I think might be from the 2 boats that I can see out enjoying the calm waters.

Sept 18: What a difference a day can make. We are back to clear blue skies, overnight temps in the 50's, and highs in the upper 60's. Lake Superior is a brilliant blue with silver highlights on the 1-2ft waves.

Sept 17: It was a dark and rainy day here on the North Shore. Rain came down in just about every way imaginable, with lightning and thunder, raining cats and dogs, a light drizzle, and everything inbetween. The sky at times was black and the lake was a dark dark gray with 2-3ft waves banging into the shore.

Sept 16: We had a muggy and warm day along Lake Superior with a high of 76. Skies were once again clear blue with a little white haze at the horizon. Because of the warmth we could sit out by the fire and enjoy the lake and watch the stars come out. The Milky Way was brilliant and alive without any moonlight to dull it. Lake Superior had 2-3ft smooth gray waves from the SSE as the sun got lower in the sky at dusk.

Sept 15: We have clear blue skies this morning with 1-2ft waves from the SE. The waves are a light blue one shade darker than the sky with navy shadows except ner the shore where the shadows are more of a dark olive green.

Sept 14: It was a warm clear blue sky day along Lake Superior. The waves began with 3-4ft crashing waves from the SE in the morning but gradually calmed to just 6" waves by evening. Temps climbed into the upper 60's.

Sept 13: It was another gorgeous fall day here in Croftville. There was plenty of sun, highs in the low 60's and lows in the 40's. Lake Superior waves grew to 3-5 feet by evening coming from the south. The lake was an unusually dark blue, you could almost call it black and it was striking against the light blue sky.

Sept 12: Perfect September weather along the big lake. We woke to temps in the low 40's that rose into the mid 60's. The lake was a deep sky blue with 1-2ft waves from the rare direction of the SSW. Overhead we had plenty of sun with a cool wind that sometimes was even cold when it came dirsctly off the lake.

Sept 11: It was a day meant to play hooky. I kept saying to myself I should be out hiking on such a gorgeous day. We woke up to temps in the 40's that warmed into the low 60's in the sun. The breeze off the lake was cold but refreshing. Lake Superior was a steel blue with 203ft waves with silver highlights crashing into the shore from the south.

Sept 10: It was a beautiful sunny day along Lake Superior with a high in the low 60's. Lake Superior 2-3ft sky blue waves coming straight in from the SSE. A cool breeze made it feel more like it was in the 50's.

Sept 9: It was cold overnight with temps dipping into the upper 40's here along the lake. The sun helped it to rebound into the upper 60's. Lake Superior was blue with small 1ft waves coming in from the ESE.

Sept 8: There are 3 boats out on the lake this morning enjoying the calm waters with 1ft silver blue waves from SE. We have cloudy skies with light gray clouds. The exception is the dark blue streak at the horizon. Temperatures are in the 60's this morning and should creep into the 70's this afternoon. We had a couple intense thunderstorms pass through last night.

Sept 7: It was another warm day in Croftville as summer comes to a close and school begins tomorrow. Temperatures began the day at 68 and rose into the mid 70's along the lake. We had some sun, we had some intense rain overnight, and we had plenty of humidity in the air.

Sept 6: In Croftville we have 2ft silver blue waves with navy shadows from the south today. The horizon has been hazy all day and it has been hot and muggy here. Of course, by hot I mean in the upper 70's with a low this morning of 69 degrees. And by muggy, well, I guess most people in the Twin Cities would envy this weather in comparison.

Sept 5: Lake Superior has silver 1ft waves from the SE that gently swoosh against the shore this morning. Overnight temperatures got down only to 66 degrees even though we had rain overnight which you would have thought would cool things down more. We have the unusual case of the skies overhead being overcast while the sky over the lake is clear. The horizon is bright and distinct on the lake.

Sept 4: It was a warm day in Croftville starting in the mid 60's and reaching the upper 70's. Last night was a great night to sit out by a fire and take in Superior. You could balance the sound of the crackling fire with the rustling of the small waves against the shore.

Sept 3: It was a calm lake in Croftville today. We started with fog which mostly burned off by noon but kept the high temps in then 70's.

Sept 2: It looked like rain this morning and it got as far as Lutsen but never made it to Grand Marais. The fog burned off and we had slightly hazy skies and a calm pale blue lake for the rest of the day. High temps hovered right around 70 degrees.

Sept 1: September begins with heavy fog over the lake and heavy dew covering everything on the land. It cooled off only into the mid 60's last night so if this fog burns off it could be a very warm day. The lake is almost white with light gray shadows with 2ft smooth rolling waves swooshing against the shore from the SSE.

August
2015

Aug 31: It was fun to see the big lake today again after 2 days in southern Minnesota. We dropped our son off at Lake Harriet this morning in Minneapolis. Lake Harriet is a beautiful lake but I almost forgot that it is normal to see to the opposite shore. It was 85 when we got to Duluth this afternoon and as we headed up the shore the temperature was maintained until we got to a fog bank around Beaver Bay. Immediately the temperature dropped to 66 degrees as we traveled through the fog all the way to Lutsen. By the time we got to Grand Marais the fog had retreated but the temperature was still a comfortable 75 degrees.

Aug 30: It is always shocking to see the smog that surrounds the Twin Citites. The news reporters say the fires in the west are contributing to the haze but I never noticed this haze when I lived in SE Minnesota and now I always notice it every time I visit. It was a warm sunny day in Saint Paul but the morning overcast helped keep the high in the low 80's. Overall, it was a beautiful day to spend at the Minnesota State Fair.

Aug 29: We traveled to southern Minnesota today leaving Lake Superior behind for 2 days. It was bright blue with 2ft waves from the south. Our son said goodbye to Grand Marais and Gitche Gumi until Christmas. We will miss him and he will miss the lake.

Aug 28: We got a little rain this afternoon but we had a huge thunderstorm. It sounded like the sky was falling. Lake Superior, on the other hand, was a calm as could be with only 6" blue gray smooth waves from the SE. Temps rose into the upper 60's but it felt much colder than this with the breeze coming off the lake.

Aug 27: Lake Superior was calm and sky blue today. We had clear skies over the lake until late afternoon when some clouds started showing up. Temperatures climbed into the upper 60's.

Aug 26: We are waking up to clear blue skies and temperautres in the upper 50's already at 9am. Lake Superior only has ripples on it shiny pale blue surface. Further out there are white shiny blotches and near the horizon there are 2 wide dark navy blue bands. The fishing boat is sitting in one of the white blotches.

Aug 25: The overcast skies made it feel like it could rain any minute but it never did. We finally saw the sun later in the day. It was cold today with temperatures only in the 50's. Lake Superior was a metallic gray with large whitecaps out away from the shore. Waves near the shore were 3-4ft in amplitude.

Aug 24: Lake Superior was amazingly loud last night and I can only imaging the waves since they had subsided down to 3ft by this morning. The waves are now from the SSW. The sun tried to sneak out several times today but only between bouts of rain and very threatening looking cloud fronts. The wind was also very strong and didn't let up all day. Temperatures didn't even make 60 today and I think it will be a cold night. There was an awesome rainbow this evening and a sky and lake with so many vibrant colors that words would only do a diservice to what we saw.

Aug 23: We had mostly overcast skies and heavy rain at times. Lake Superior really got pumped up later in the day with 4-5ft gray swells that broke thundering into the shore from the SE. Temperatures stayed in the 60's but it became humid and almost uncomfortable later in the day.

Aug 22: We have lightly overcast skies this morning and a fuzzy horizon. Lake Superior is a faint blue with bright silver highlights with a partially visible sun reflecting off the 1-2ft wave crests from the SE. It is already in the upper 60's by mid-morning so it could be a warm afternoon.

Aug 21: It was a comfortable day in Croftville. Cool temperaures in the 50's and 60's. Some sun and some clouds. Lake Superior was a pale blue gray with 1-2ft waves and silver highlights.

Aug 20: The rain mostly ended by early afternoon although it did rain for awhile around 5pm while the sun was shining. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the south. The color was a light blue with navy shadows. Temps stayed on the cool side barely climbing into the 60's today.

Aug 19: Boy, did it rain today. It rained hard, sometimes it rained light, but it never stopped all day long waking up to rain and going to sleep in the rain. The good news was all this rain was a great test for the waterproofness of our inn. It passed with flying colors. Temperatures stayed in the 60's. Lake Superior had waves at times topping 4-5ft. The lake was a uniform bluish gray.

Aug 18: They say constant rain for 2 days is on the way this evening. We probably could use a good soaking rain here in Croftville. Today, however was beautiful. Temps were cooler and in the 60's. Lake Superior was a brilliant blue except near shore where the clearness of the water allowed us to see every rock on the lake bed. Waves were 1-3ft in height from the ESE.

Aug 17: The morning started with 2ft waves on Superior but by evening the lake was calm. Temps today lingered in the upper 60's and low 70's. Skies were slightly overcast and around 6pm the visibility had dropped to zero on the lake.

Aug 16: The strong breeze kept changing our weather today. Depending on its direction there were times it was uncomfortably warm and times it was incomfortably cool. Of course, we had everything inbetween. Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves from the SE that were quite vocal as they hit the shore. The blue lake had a number of white bands in it near the horizon.

Aug 15: It was 93 on the hill in Duluth yesterday. But today in Croftville the high was a pleasant 75. We had partly cloudy skies with light wispy clouds. Lake Superior was quite still and a pale robin's egg blue with some white horizontal bands near the horizon.

Aug 14: Lake Superior has 1ft silver waves with sky blue shadows from the SE this morning. There are clear blue skies overhead changing to a white mist at the horizon. It was warm overnight with a low of only 69 here on Croftville Road. I think it is going to be a hot day here in Croftville.

Aug 13: Temperatures are in the 70's and it feels hot out today. Lake Superior is a deep sky blue with 2ft waves from the SSE with silver highlights. Overhead we have clear blue skies after some rain storms passed by last night.

Aug 12: Temps were in the 60's today, with a little higher humidity than we are used to. Lake Superior was calm this morning but waves grew to 2ft from the south by evening.

Aug 11: It was a warm sunny day here in Croftville. Temperautres stayed in the 60's and Lake Superior was fairly peaceful with 1-2ft waves from the south.

Aug 10: It was a sunny day until late afternoon when a thundershower passed through. By nighttime we had clear skies and bright stars to gaze on once again. The day was a bit muggy by North Shore standards so in hindsight it was not surprising that a thunderstorm popped up in the late afternoon. Temperatures just barely got to 70 and the breeze off the lake gave us relief each time we though we might be getting hot.

Aug 9: The fog is here again today. I suspect there are clear blue skies up on the hill but visibility on Lake Superior is about 30ft before it turns into an inpenetrable white mist. Temperautres remain in the 60's and it wasn't much cooler than that overnight. The 30ft of the lake that we can see has small 1ft light gray waves.

Aug 8: We had an intense fog all day until 4:00pm here in Croftville. The dew on the grass never did evaporate even when the fog was replaced with mostly cloudy skies later on. Temperatures rose into the upper 60's but without any breeze and all the moisture in the air it felt warm. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves but you couldn't really see them with virtually no visibility out on the lake with the fog.

Aug 7: The rain began last night and continued off and on all day today. The skies are heavily overcast and dark with no sun peaking out at all. Lake Superior had 2ft colorless dark waves from the ESE today. There was no horizon line as the mist and fog over the lake limited visibility to a couple hundred feet at most. We had a high in the low 60's.

Aug 6: Cloudy conditions kept us from the sun both over and around Lake Superior today. Temps rose into the 70's anyway. The lake was a dark gray with only small 6 inch to 1ft waves.

Aug 5: Lake Superior was peaceful today with only a rustling of small waves breaking on the shore.

Aug 4: Lake Superior had several bands in it today. They are of different shades of blue and white and several different textures. There are 2 narrow white bands sandwiching a narrow navy band. The surface is waveless but some of the bands are highly textured. It is cool today with a high only in the mid 60's. Skies overhead are mostly cloudy with just a little sun once in awhile.

Aug 3: It was a windy day here in Croftville with highs in the upper 60's. Lake Superior had 2ft waves and the sky was partly cloudy.

Aug 2: There was rain overnight but beautiful weather today with highs in the low 70's and partly sunny skies.

Aug 1: We have a cool breeze down here in Croftville. There is plenty of sun and blue skies but we never quite got to 70 today. Lake Superior has 1-2ft blue waves with navy shadows from the SSE. There may be a fog bank out near the horizon or it may just be a mirage, I cannot tell.

July
2015

July 31: I found out today that the huge waves on the 29th picked my canoe up off the rocks on the shore, swallowed it up, and smashed it on the rocks about 150ft down the shore. It is completely my fault, I underestimated Lake Superior which often ends up being a fatal mistake. I am lucky only my canoe died. I will miss it greatly, I bought it when my son was 3 years old and introduced the BWCA to him through it. It was a dependable old friend.

July 30: It was a picture perfect day here in Croftville. A high in the low 70's, partly cloudy skies with big puffy cumulus clouds, and a clear bright blue lake that gradually settled down from 3-4ft waves this morning to just 1-2ft waves this evening.

July 29: Strong winds overnight and today have generated huge waves crashing on our shore. The gray waves are 5-6ft and from the south. Skies are mostly overcast but every once in awhile we get a glimpse of the sun. Temperatures only managed to get into the mid 60's today and in the wind it is almost chilly.

July 28: The day had plenty of fog and overcast skies. It was almost muggy by Grand Marais standards a high in the upper 70's and feeling like it could rain any minute even though it never did. Superior grew it waves to 3ft from the SE. The waves were an aqua green near the shore and turned to a sky blue futher out. Even though the waves were large there were no whitecaps except for the breaking waves on the shore.

July 27: Lake Superior was still and silent last night adn this morning. The afternoon brought 1ft waves from the SSE. The lake was a pure blue with fog that would move in and out during the afternoon. Things would cool down when the fog came in and warm back up to near 80 when the fog went back out.

July 26: It is only in the 70's today but it would probably be much hotter if not for the fog over the lake and partly over the shore. Lake Superior is a deep sky blue with navy shadows on the 1ft waves. The lake disappears into fog about 100 yards off the shore which is kind of eerie.

July 25: It was a beautiful warm day on Lake Superior with a high in the upper 70's, a cool breeze off the lake, and clear blue skies. Lake Superior had 1-2ft bright blue waves from the SSE.

July 24: I traveled to Grand Rapids today to pick my daughter up from camp. It is remarkable how much warmer it is inland. It was between 86 and 84 all the way from Grand Rapids to Sliver Bay before going down to Highway 61. Once we were by Superior it was between 71 and 74 all the way back to Grand Marais. Lake Superior had pockets of lingering fog all day after the morning showers.

July 23: The day started with an isolated rainstorm but once the heavy downpour passed by we returned to partly cloudy skies, a blue almost motionless Lake Superior, and a white haze over the horizon. They said that temperatures reached 79 in Grand Marais but it didn't quite that warm in Croftville.

July 22: It was another picture perfect day in Grand Marais. Plenty of sun, partly cloudy skies, a breeze, and a high of 75. Lake Superior had 1-2ft blue waves from the south. My quote of the season was from one of our guests who responded to my apology for not getting the pilot for the gas stoves lit for the night. She said, "I left the windows and doors wide open, it was cold and I loved it."

July 21: It was a picture perfect day in Grand Marais. We had blue partly cloudy skies, plenty of sun, a bright blue lake with 2ft waves, a nice breeze, and a high of 75. Tonight near sunset the lake was periwinkle with a baby blue sky at the horizon.

July 20: It was a warm day in Croftville with a high in the upper 70's down here along the lake. Luckily, we had a nice breeze off the lake or it might have been much warmer. Lake Superior had 2ft blue waves, some sun, and some overcast skies.

July 19: Lake Superior was loud last night but waves had calmed down by morning before picking up again later in the afternoon. Temperautres only made it to the low 70's but would have been much warmer if not for the cool refreshing breeze.

July 18: Croftville was fogged in most of the day with the only exception early this morning and at sunset. Lake Superior was a medium blue with 1-2ft waves from the south. Some of the clouds at sunset were quite impressive in height.

July 17: Lake Superior has the largest waves I have seen in 2 months. They were 3-4 foot swells that were thunderous when they hit the shore from the SSW. Lake Superior had a blue horizon at sunset with purple clouds in the sky and a purple lake in the foreground. Temps hit 75 today.

July 16: We woke up to a 40 minute rainstorm that according to the radar maps wasn't happening. That was a pretty hard rainstorm for something that didn't happen. The rest of the day was overcast but produced no more rain. Lake Superior was a steel blue gray with 1-2ft waves again from the SE. Temperatures flirted with 70 degrees.

July 15: Lake Superior had 1-2ft sky blue waves from the SE against a clear blue sky this morning. Skies turned to a white overcast this afternoon. Temps stayed in the 60's today with a high of 69 beside the lake.

July 14: We woke to clear blue skies with a hazy horizon over Lake Superior. Superior has 1-2ft silver waves with navy shadows from the SE. Looks like it could be a warm day with the tempertature already 64 degrees at 8am. July 13: The first wave of rain rolled in about 10pm last night. Other waves followed overnight. By this morning we had steady rain that was heavy at times that lasted until about 8pm. Lake Superior had dark gray 1-2ft waves from the south. Temperatures stayed in the 60's with a high around 70.

July 12: Rain with overcast skies followed by clear skies and sun is the pattern that was repeated several times today. We had a high in the low 70's. Lake Superior was calm and we could see all the rocks on the lake bed. We can also begin to see algea blooms growing on some of the rocks. This seems a bit early but the unusually calm lake over the past month has probably warmed the water near the shore and allowed for the eralier than normal growth.

July 11: We have clear skies overhead but a blinding white mist over the lake this morning in Croftville. The surface is white except for a dark narrow band about a quarter mile out that looks like some sort of current moving parallel with the shore. It stayed in the 60's last night which is probably the warmest night this summer. Temperatures are already in the upper 60's this morning.

July 10: Warm, sunny, and blue skies. Lake Superior had 6" light blue waves from the SE.

July 9: We traveled to Duluth today. It is truly remarkable how much warmer it becomes as you move up over the hill away from the lake. We went from temperatures in the 50's and 60's to temperatures in the 70's and 80's in just a few miles. Lake Superior was beautiful today with sun shining down on its deep sky blue surface.

July 8: Lake Superior has small 6" waves from the SE. Most of the lake is a faint blue except for a band of dark purplish blue near the horizon. Overhead we have wispy clouds in a predominately sunny sky. There is a light breeze off the lake but temperautres should get close to 70 this afternoon.

July 7: It was a sunny warm day in Croftville with temps in the 60's along the lake. Lake Superior was blue with 6" waves from the SE. Our lilacs are now past peak but the lupines are flowering.

July 6: A huge thunderstorm hit about 10pm last night lighting up the sky and bringing down heavy rain. Temperatures stayed in the 60's all night long and are still in the 60's today. Lake Superior is a grayish white and mostly calm. Visibility is limited to a couple hundred feet. A light rain began at sunrise and has continued through the day.

July 5: Lake Superior has 1ft light blue waves from the SE today. Temperatures made it into the 60's but the breeze off the lake made it feel colder. Overhead was a bright white overcast that was continuous all the way to the horizon.

July 4: The fog rolled in at 5pm. Before that it has been a beautiful day with plenty of sun and temperatures in the low 60's. Lake Superior is mostly calm with only ripples that don't seem to have a particular direction. Once again it is the Fourth of July and our lilacs are in full bloom.

July 3: Lake Superior was glass this morning and turned to a rippled surface as the day progressed. We had a reddish orange moon when we got up in the middle of the night. There was plenty of sun for everyone this afternoon.

July 2: We had a rainstorm in the evening after a rainless overcast day. Lake Superior was almost glass and a pale blue turning to a white mist at the horizon. Temps were in the 60's in Croftville.

July 1: With temperatures in the 60's throughout the day July does feel like summer. We started with sunny skies which soon turned to a white overcast. Lake Superior was a pale blue with 6" waves from the SE.

June
2015

June 30: It was clear and sunny today in Croftville. Lake Superior had 6" light blue waves from the SE. Temps climbed into the upper 60's.

June 29: Thunderstorms came along every couple hours today. Lake Superior was calm and a pale purplish blue until disappearing in to the white fog background. Temps were in the 60's and maybe hit 70 but once again by Lake Superior standards it was muggy.

June 28: Skies are overcast. We have intermittent rain. The lake is glass and a pale gray with limited visibility from fog out away from shore. By Grand Marais standards I would almost dare say it is humid with temps in the low 60's.

June 27: It was a beautiful, warm day along the big lake. Temps were in the 60's and we had partly sunny skies. The clouds at times threatened precipitation but it never came to us. The dirty blue lake mustered up 1-2ft waves and a few whitecaps from the SE.

June 26: It was a sunny day with clear blue skies, temperatures in the 50's and 60's, and the lake was glass. The fog was able to form over the lake and the surrounding hills as the day came to an end.
,br> June 25: We had several bouts of rain today separated by decent weather. Temps were in the 50's. There was ample fog, and Lake Superior was completely still.

June 24: And the rain came back, the very next day. We had heavy scattered showers all day long today in Croftville. Temperatures were warm in the 60's. Lake Superior was a dark blue with 2-3ft waves from the south. These were the biggest waves we have seen in several weeks. Of course visibility was pretty limited with the fog over the lake moving in and out all day long.

June 23: The rain is done, the skies are clear, we are already at 60 degrees, and it is going to be a beautiful day in Croftville. We have 1ft silver blue waves from the SSW with navy shadows on Superior. There was a display of northern lights out last night that entertained my children for an hour or more.

June 22: We had lots of rain today. There was a steady heavy rain from 10 to noon. This was followed by a steady light rain from noon to 5. Then after a 2 hour break a thunderstorm hit us. Skies finally cleared about 9pm. Lake Superior was gray and mostly not visible yesterday with the rain and fog.

June 21: It was a beautiful Sunday on Croftville. A bank of fog could be seen out over the lake. Lake Superior had 1ft blue waves with navy shadows from the SE. Temperatures hovered in the 50's and 60's.

June 20: We had steady rain all day with temps staying in the 40's and 50's. Lake Superior has a gray mist over its 1ft blue gray waves with black shadows from the SE. It is a good day to curl up near a fire, read a good book, and gaze at the lake.

June 19: Temperatures are again in the 60's with overcast white skies. Lake Superior is glass with only an occasional ripple which I think is mostly from boat traffic on the lake. There are many more boats than we usually see out on Superior today. Visibility is pretty limited and at times we cannot see more than 100 yards from the shore before the lake and sky meld into a great white mist.

June 18: Temperatures are in the 60's with overcast white skies. It feels like we could get rain. Lake Superior has smooth 6" waves from the SE and light blue gray with bands of darker color in places.

June 17: Temperatures barely made it into the 50's today in spite of mostly sunny skies. Lake Superior was calm but there was a nice breeze coming off of it which is probably why things stayed so cool in spite of the sun.

June 16: It got down into the low 40's last night by the lake but warmed up quickly this morning with clear blue skies. Lake Superior is bright blue with silver highlights with 6" waves coming straight in from the SSE.

June 15: Our apple tree is finally in bloom along Croftville Road. It is usually the last of the trees to have blossoms. However, our lilac bush is still about 2 weeks from full bloom. Lake Superior is waveless but with a blue gray textured surface and dark navy shadows. The fog has lifted off the lake for the first time in many days around noon. Overhead we have partly sunny skies with temps climbing into the 70's.

June 14: We have a still Sunday morning with only the sound of the birds to break the silence. Skies overhead are partly sunny with big puffy cumulus clouds passing by. The sky over the lake is obscured by a fog. Once again Lake Superior is as still as glass and we see more vessels than usual out enjoying the calm waters. It got down into the low 40's last night.

June 13: Our string of calm days on Lake Superior continues. We have a pale blue still lake with a light fog positioned over it. Without the reflections from the waves you can see every rock on the lake bed. Over the land we have partly cloudy skies and temperatures that barely made it to 60 today.

June 12: It was sunny and warm today in Croftville with temps in the upper 60's and low 70's. Lake Superior was calm once again with only ripples until late afternoon. Then as the fog that had hung out over the lake most of the day beagn to move in, the lake surface developed a textured band.

June 11: Lake Superior was glass today, not even a ripple. The fog hung over the lake maybe a quarter mile from shore. Overhead the sky was clear and sunny and temperatures once again rose into the 60's.

June 10: It was a calm day on Lake Superior with no noticable waves. Skies were partly cloudy and temperatures were in the upper 60's. The pin cherries and elderberries are blossoming. The lake is a pale blue whose smooth surface is broke occasionally by kayakers passing by.

June 9: It looked like we were just minutes away from rain most of the day but no appreciable rain ever came down. There was light fog over the still grayish blue lake. It was almost too quiet without the sound of waves breaking on the rocks. Temperatures hit the high 60's today along the shore.

June 8: It is such a great sight to see Lake Superior when coming over Thompson Hill and descending into Duluth. It used to be a sigh of relief that meant we had left the life in southern Minnesota behind. Now it is a sigh of relief that means we are home. It was hazy with a light fog as we entered Duluth but by the time we got to Grand Marais it was a heavy fog and the temperatures had sunk from 80 on tope of the hill in Duluth to 46 in Grand Marais.

June 7: We are away from Lake Superior today attending the Faribault High School graduation today. A great thunderstorm just glanced by us in Faribault. It was an impressive sight and helped to cool off a hot and humid day. Tomorrow we travel back to Grand Marais.

June 6: We are away from Lake Superior today attending the Mayo High School graduation in Rochester. It is warm and muggy by Grand Marais standards but at times it was sunny and breezy. My nephew checked his smart phone and told me it was currently 42 and foggy in Grand Marais, a 35 degree difference.

June 5: It is warmer today and already into the upper 50's by noon. Lake Superior is a light blue gray with still quite a bit of fog out there limiting visibility. The surface is smooth with smal waves from the SE.

June 4: Cold (40's) and rain (steady all day from before sunrise to sunset) was what we had in Croftville today. As far as for the lake, a calm light blue gray for what little we could see of it. You see, we were banked in by fog all day long as well.

June 3: We had rain on and off all day today along the lake. Temperatures were in the 40's and 50's. Lake Superior was a uniform blue gray with a smooth waveless surface.

June 2: The Juneberries (or Service berries) are blossoming. It looks like the Canada Cherry (or Pin Cherry) are not far behind. I even saw daffadils in someone's yard. When we lived in Oregon daffadils came out in mid February in Eugene. Today was cold with highs in the 40's. Lake Superior turned from a bold blue to gray as overcast skies took over from the sun in the afternoon.

June 1: I know it should be summer, and certainly it is green enough for summer but you wouldn't know it by the temperatures. We had 30 degrees and frost down here on the shore in June this morning. The clear skies let things warm up quickly into the low 50's. Lake Superior was a deep blue with 1ft waves from the SE.

May
2015

May 31: It was a cold morning with temperatures in the mid 30's. There was a lot of frost in the area but none here along the lake. It never made it to 50 today in spite that it was a mostly sunny day with small wispy clouds. Lake Superior is a grayish blue with green shadows and 1ft waves from the SE.

May 30: Croftville was clear and cold today. Temperatures were in the 40's even with the partly sunny skies. Lake Superior was a dazzling blue.

May 29: It was a beautiful spring day with lightly overcast skies and an occasional mist coming down. Temperatures were in the 50's until the wind changed and the air came down from the hill warming things up quickly into the low 70's.

May 28: Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves from the SSW. The lake was a metallic blue with shimmery lavender highlights and navy shadows.

May 27: It was a cool day here today until the wind changed from off the lake to off the hill. Immediately, we went from the low 50's into the 70's. Lake Superior was a crisp blue and we had clear blue skies.

May 26: It is a beautifule spring day in Croftville. Lake Superior has 2ft waves from the SE. The lake is a sky blue with light gray highlights and a slightly purple shadow. Temperatures stayed in the 50's even though we had plenty of sun with the clear blue skies.

May 25: Rain began falling around midnight in Croftville. It was a steady drizzle with periods of light rain that lasted all day and is still raining at 9:00pm. It is fairly warm with temperatures in the 50's from the time I got up to now. Lake Superior is calm. Its surface is a ubiquitous gray that melds into a gray sky almost without any discernable transition.

May 24: So far today we have had clear blue skies and a light blue textured lake with navy shadows and no discernable waves. We have a light breeze and temperatures in the high 50's.

May 23: Lake Superior is calm today with a textured surface on a light blue lake with navy shadows. We had partly cloudy skies with small scattered rains but none of them fell here. Temperatures made it into the low 60's.

May 22: Croftville has clear piercing blue skies over a light blue lake with navy shadows on its rippled surface. Waves are only 1ft from the ESE. With any luck we will hit 60 this afternoon.

May 21: It was a clear blue sky day with silver blue 1ft waves and olive green shadows from the south. It was warmer today and made it into the low 60's. The grass is growing lush and tomorrow I may need to mow for the first time.

May 20: There were sunny brilliant blue skies today in Croftville. Lake Superior reflected the sky with a deep blue lake and silver highlights on the 1ft waves from the south. Temperatures climbed from the 30's to a high in the 50's.

May 19: Croftville stayed in the 40's all day. We had strong winds from the west and 1-2ft gray waves from the SSW.

May 18: It rained all night and is heavily overcast but very windy this morning. Temperatures are likely to stay in the 40's today. The lake has 2ft smooth gray waves from the SSE today. It nice to be back in Croftville and we can see changes in the greening of the forest in just the 2 days we were gone.

May 17: Lilacs really showcase the differences between Grand Marais and southern Minnesota. The lilacs were just a little past full bloom down there on May 17 and our lilac bush near the lake generally is in full bloom on July 4th. That is a 6-7 week difference! We drove back to Grand Marais this afternoon and evening escorting rain storms all the way. One rainstorm before getting to Duluth dropped the temperatures 10 degrees in 10 minutes from 65 to 55. By the time we got back to the North Shore temps were hovering between 45-50.

May 16: We traveled to southern Minnesota yesterday afternoon for 2 college graduations. It was so fascinating to watch as spring progressed as we drove to the south. In Grand Marais the aspens are just starting to leaf out and the grass is just turning green. The birch are still just in the budding stage. But as we moved south more varieties of trees were leafed out and the grass became green and lush. It is summer in the Twin Cities and at 75 and humid it felt uncomfortably hot for those of us who reside in Grand Marais.

May 15: We had a light steady rain all last night in Croftville. This morning it is overcast and foggy with limited visibility out on the lake. The lake has 1-2ft silver waves with green shadows from the ESE although we cannot see what is happening beyond a quarter mile. Without any sun, I suspect we will be hard pressed to get much past 50 today.

May 14: We have lightly overcast skies with the sun struggling to make its way out. Our low temperature this morning was 51 which is pretty warm but at 11:00am it is still 51. Lake Superior is gray with 1ft waves from the SE. The sun is strong enough to create silver white relfections on the crests and dark gray shadows on the troughs of the waves.

May 13: Croftville started at 38 and rose slowly to a high of 50 in the evening. Skies were partly cloudy most of the day but become overcast later looking like it was going to rain. The rain never came although Duluth and Two Harbors got hammered with storms. Lake Superior was a light blue gray with 1ft waves from the south.

May 12: It was a cool day along the Lake Superior shore never getting out of the 40's. Lake Superior had 2ft gray waves from the south.

May 11: It rained steady all night long and all morning today. We have a noticable band of brown water along the shore from the runoff and high waves last night. Today we have 3-4ft waves from the SE. Temperautures began in the mid 30's this morning with a high of 44 this afternoon.

May 10: The waves began picking up overnight and by this afternoon were roaring at 4-5ft from the SE. It has been many weeks since we have had such a turbulent lake with violent breaking waves onto the shore and big whitecaps everywhere on the lake. It is a cold day with temperatures staying in the 40's.

May 9: We have cloudy skies today and it is noticeably colder than yesterday. We are bouncing around in the 40's. Lake Superior is a purplish blue with 2ft waves from the ESE today. It looks like it is clear across the lake with a blue white horizon.

May 8: We had a lightly overcast day with a high crepping into the upper 50's. Lake Superior was a dark blue gray with 1-2ft waves from the SSW. Buds on the apsens are becoming quite noticable.

May 7: The rain found its way to Croftville today just after noon. It is a gentle rain with temps in the low 50's and the rain is falling straight down without any wind. Lake Superior is a bluish gray with olive shadows and has 1ft waves from the SE.

May 6: Temperautres refused to climb past 50 along the lake even though away from the lake it was in the upper 60's. We traveled to Duluth and found lots of sun until we left our Cook County. Beyond Cook County there were bouts of rain followed by bouts of sun.

May 5: Croftville had clear blue skies, a high of 60, and a gentle breeze off a still lake today. Lake Superior was so calm you could see all the rocks on the lake floor. Out towards Five Mile Rock there was some unusual bands in the lake. The bands were not parallel with the shore the way we usually see bands but moved out transverse from the shore. Five Mile Rock was a dividing line between a dark blue band and a almost pure white band which seemed to widen as it got further from the shore. Closer to us was then a textured dark blue band again.

May 4: There were sunny skies and temperatures rising into the low 50's along the lake today. An afternoon wind off the lake made it feel much colder. The lake was a deep blue with 1ft waves from the SE.

May 3: It was an absolutely gorgeous spring day today. Temperatures were in the low 60's with mostly clear blue skies with an occasional puffy cloud passing by. The Lake is mostly calm and sky blue just a shade darker than the sky itself.

May 2: Gitche Gumi is mostly calm and light blue today. We had lightly overcast skies and temperatures that rose into the upper 50's.

May 1: I can't believe it is May already. However, this May unlike last year feels like spring. With the goosberries leafed out and the aspen and birch budding, spring is really here. Lake Superior is glass once again. The skies are lightly ovecast leaving the lake surface a light silver. With the cloud cover I don't think we will see 50 today even though we began the day at 42.

April
2015

Apr 30: The lake is glass for the first time in months. It is a pale silvery blue with the only ripples from ducks and loons swimming past. The morning started with a frost but the clear skies allowed the sun to warm us along the lake into the low 50's.

Apr 29: It is again a repeat of yesterday. Highs in the 50's, clear blue skies, and a light breeze off the lake. Gitche Gumi is a sky blue with navy shadows on the 1ft waves from the SE.

Apr 28: It was another beautiful spring day with high temps in the 50's, clear blue skies, and a calm blue Lake Superior.

Apr 27: Lake Superior was mostly calm and blue today. We had plenty of sun and temperatures again rose into the 50's. I noticed the first signs of budding on the aspens up near the highway.

Apr 26: It was a normal spring day in Croftville, with a high in the 50's after so many cooler than normal days this past week. Lake Superior was pretty calm with 1ft waves from the SE in the late afternoon. It felt warm in the sun and we had plenty of it which made the big lake a deep blue. There was a mirage on the horizon at sunset that clearly looked like land across the lake.

Apr 25: It is still cool with temperatures only in the 40's but the sun maks it good to be outside taking in the spring. The gooseberries are leafing out which are the first of bushes or trees to do so every year. The pussy willow fuzz is being replaced by the green buds.

Apr 24: Lake Superior was lightly overcast with a light gray color in the morning and a steel gray color in the afternoon. We had 1-2ft waves from the SE. Temperatures barely climbed into the 40's with brisk winds off the lake.

Apr 23: We had sun all day and woke up to a temperauture right at freezing. It didn't get a whole lot warmer and finally mangaged to make it to 40 before coming back down later in the afternoon. It was amazing that with all that sun that high in the sky that all we could manage was 40 degrees. Lake Superior was a mostly calm, uniformly colored pale blue this morning. However, by afternoon the winds off the lake and the waves on the lake picked up. Superior took on a deep bight metallic blue with silver highlights.

Apr 22: It was yet another cold day here along Lake Superior in Croftville. Never did get out of the mid 30's and woke up in the 20's. We had partly sunny skies but that didn't make any difference. Lake Superior was mostly calm in the morning but waves picked up along with the winds off the lake in the afternoon.

Apr 21: It is another cold day with temperatures hovering in the upper 30's. We have snow flurries coming down occasionally with a blue gray overcast sky. Lake Superior is a darker shade of the same blue gray and mostly calm.

Apr 20: The rain is sticking around again today and occasionally is coming down as snow. Temperatures are in the 30's. Lake Superior is a bluish gray and relatively calm. Strong winds off the hill are buffeting the surface of the lake.

Apr 19: The rain got here in the early morning hours and has continued all morning and into the afternoon. It is a steady cold rain with temperautres hovering in the upper 30's. Lake Superior has whitecaps from the SE. There are 2 bands on the lake. The brownish band occupies the first 100 feet from shore. The other band goes out to the horizon and is an aqua blue with forest green shadows.

Apr 18: Temperatures plummeted quickly into the 30's when the sun went down last night but rose quickly this morning with the clear sunny skies. We have 1-2ft sky blue waves from the ESE with silver highlights on Superior this morning. They are predicting rain this eveneing but so far it looks like another georgeous spring day.

Apr 17: Lake Superior was a dazzling blue with silver highlights with 1-2ft waves from the ESE. We had clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 60's here along the shore.

Apr 16: It was a little cooler along the lake today with high's in the upper 40's. There as still partly sunny skies and blue 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Apr 15: Lake Superior has 2ft waves from the ESE. They are a deep sky blue with dark olive shadows against a clear blue horizon. Temperatures rose into the upper 50's on another beautiful windy day in Croftville.

Apr 14: Clear pale blue skies sat above the sky blue Lake Superior with navy shadows. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the south and a strong winds from the SE. Temperatures made it into the low 60's for the first time this spring here along the lake.

Apr 13: It rained steady all night long and stopped just after sunrise. It was a warm day in the upper 50's. Dark clouds passed by during the afternoon over the lake. The dark clouds turned the blue lake to a dark metallic gray. The strong winds generated plenty of whitecaps. Once the dark clouds passed Superior returned to its pleasant blue, the whitecaps abated, and we had rolling 2ft waves from the SSW.

Apr 12: Lake Superior was a brilliant blue with 1-2ft waves from the SE. Clouds moved in late in the afternoon and rain began shortly after sunset. High temperatures were in the low 50's.

Apr 11: Another beautiful day along Lake Superior. Temperatures again hit 50 along the lake. There were clear blue skies and 2ft aqua blue waves from the south.

Apr 10: It was a beautiful partly cloudy day in Croftville. Temperatures hit 50 today along the lake. Lake Superior was a pale blue with a textured surface on a mostly calm lake.

Apr 9: We woke up in the low 40's and we stayed in the low 40's all day long. Skies were generally overcast which resulted in a gray lake with dark green shadows. Light to moderate rain fell intermittently through the day.

Apr 8: Temperatures stayed just on either side of 40 today. We have overcast skies and large fluffy snowflake conglomerates accumulated about 2" of wet snow this morning. Lake Superior is a greenish gray with 2-3ft waves from the ESE. The shadows on the waves are a deep olive green.

Apr 7: We have highs in the low 40's, brisk winds, and 2ft waves from the ESE. Lake Superior is a greenish blue with lightly overcast pale skies.

Apr 6: It may be spring but today it is a cold spring day. The low was in the teens and the high was in the upper 30's. The brisk wind off Lake Superior really chills you bones.

Apr 5: Happy Easter! Christ is risen, alleluia! It is a brisk day with wind, lots of sun, and temperatures never making it out of the 30's. Superior is a bright blue.

Apr 4: Croftville Road has partly cloudy skies over the lake today. We had a high temperature in the low 40's. Lake Superior has small light blue gray 1ft waves from the south.

Apr 3: It was an unseasonably cold day today. Temperatures began in the 20's and never got out of the 30's which is a striking contrast to yesterday. Lake Superior was loud with 3ft waves from the south.

Apr 2: It was a gorgeous warm day along Lake Superior was partly sunnny skies and big puffy cumulus clouds passing by. The lake is roaring with 3-4ft waves hitting the shore. Further out there are many more witecaps than normal. I suspect the strong winds off the lake is helping to generate them. Temps started in the low 40's this morning and climbed into the upper 50's this afternoon.

Apr 1: Hello April. Woke up to 41 degrees. By 11am it had dropped to 35. We didn't see 40 degrees again until about 8pm. In the meantime, reports are that it was in the 80's in southern Minnesota. I guess Minnesota is a bigger state than I thought. We heard our first thunder over the lake this afternoon. I thought it was heavy equipment on the highway at first. Lake Superior had 2 bands on it. The first was a brownish band close to shore. The second bigger band was a bluish purple all the way out to the horizon.

March
2015

Mar 31: Snow and light rain was the order of the day. The sun peaked out for a grand total of 5 minutes today from the overcast skies. We had an accumulation of 2" during the morning before the rain and warmer temperatures wiped it out this afternoon. It was quite cold today managing only a 39 degree high. Lake Superior was a blusih green with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Mar 30: It was a beautiful day here on the Croftville Road today. With a high temperature near 50 and plenty of sun, it was a good day to be outside. Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the south.

Mar 29: Woke up to 35 degrees this morning, an overcast sky, and 3-4ft waves from the south crashing on the shore from the south. Then at 7am the snow began coming down quite heavy in spite of our warm temperatures. Within an hour we have an inch of accumulation. However, temperatures are supposed to continue rising and I suspect it will turn to rain.

Mar 28: It warmed up more today. We had clear blue skies and the sun took us from 17 degrees this morning to 41 this afternoon. The 2ft waves from the south piled up the ice fragments onto the shore creating a drift of ice on the shoreline.

Mar 27: It was even colder this morning with 7 degrees down here by Lake Superior. We finally managed 30 late this afternoon while we spent most of the day in the teens and 20's. There was not a cloud in the sky but even the sun as high as it is in the sky now could only manage to muster 30 degrees. This was one cold mass of air. Lake Superior took on different shades of blue throughout the day. There was a band of broken up ice that managed to push its way to shore late this afternoon. The various sizes of ice chunks created what looked like a broken tile mosaic with the tiny pieces of ice creating raised grout lines between the pieces of the mosaic.

Mar 26: Yikes, cold temperatures from the winter are back. We were in the low teens this morning and never got quite up to freezing today. The winds were strong in the morning but calmed down in the afternoon. Lake Superior was an amazing blue with the sun out and was mostly calm.

Mar 25: Southern Minnesota got the snow yesterday and we are getting the snow today. It started at 7am and has gotten heavier as the day goes on. We have about 1 inch of accumulation on the ground at 1pm. It is snowing in spite of the fact that it is 44 degrees outside. I don't think the snow will stick for long. Lake Superior is a light bluish gray that dissolves into a light gray sky. We have 2ft waves from the SSE.

Mar 24: It is a beautiful sunny and windy day on Lake Superior. We hav a deep blue lake with dark green shadows and 1-2ft waves from the SE. The wind is coming in strong directly off the lake. Temps climbed into the mid 40's.

Mar 23: We have no sun today along Lake Superior. The lake is a bluish gray with dark green shadows. We have 2ft waves from the SE. Highs managed to get into the upper 30's today after beginning the day at 20.

Mar 22: Although it is still cold, we are actually warmer than Southern Minnesota today. We have clear blue skies and a high just above freezing. Our daughter was collecting ice shells off of the rocks on the beach. These are thin layers of ice that formed on the rocks from the spray. She peels them off the ice and brings them up as crystal treasures. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the SE.

Mar 21: What a unusual day on Lake Superior. After a couple weeks of consisently above average temperatures today we were well below average with a high of only 30 degrees and a low this morning in the single digits. We had plenty of sun, a very blue lake, and very little waves but a textured lake surface.

Mar 20: Croftville Road has partly cloudy skies and the temperature got close to 50 this afternoon. Lake Superior has small smooth 1-2ft waves from the south. The lake is surprisingly gray which is uncommon when we have some sun.

Mar 19: It is appropriate that for the last official day of winter we had snow. Just a light snow without any accumulation. Temperatures are in the upper 30's and low 40's so it is surprising that it could snow at all. This morning Lake Superior was glass. Not even a ripple. You could see every rock beneath the water.

Mar 18: It was a cooler day with a high in the upper 30's today. We had plenty of sun and very little wind in the morning so ti felt warmer. By afternoon that wind picked up and made things less comfortable along the lake.

Mar 17: Happy Saint Patrick's Day. It is not green here along the North Shore but the snow is still melting. Temps dropped into the 20's last night and made it to the low 40's today. We have a very strong wind out of the west. Lake Superior has a textured purplish blue surface with dark olive shadows. Whitecaps can be seen further out but the wind seems to be suppressing the waves along the shore. There are blue skies with wispy clouds.

Mar 16: The forecast was rain all day. The radar showed rain coming all day. But it never came! We had overcast skies with a high temperautre in the low 40's. Lake Superior had small gray waves from the SE.

Mar 15: Beware of the Ides of March. Lake Superior is blue with a textured surface and 1ft waves from the SE. This morning we saw a sheet of ice heading towards Croftville but it never made it to shore. By afternoon it had moved on to somewhere else.

Mar 14: Happy Pi Day from my daughter and son. It is like a switch has closed shutting off winter and turning on spring. Temperatures stayed in the upper 40's all day here along Lake Superior. We had partly cloudy skies and a fairly calm blue lake with 1ft from the ESE.

Mar 13: It was a beautiful day next to the shore in Croftville. Mostly clear skies, temperatures in the 40's, and plenty of sun. With the sun, warm temperatures, and large waves our ice formations along the shore formed from the spray off the lake are quickly eroding. Once any bare rock can be seen it quickly speeds up the melting. Even our daughter's ice fort has succumb to the waves. It is quite amazing how quickly winter is losing its grip in Croftville.

Mar 12: It was a little cooler today but still in the low 40's. We had overcast skies all day and a strong wind out of the east. This generated many whitecaps out on steel gray Lake Superior.

Mar 11: Temps dropped below freezing last night but quickly rebounded into the 40's with the clear skies. Lake Superior is calm with a textured surface. It is a purplish blue with with highlights against the pale blue horizon with a white streak right at the horizon.

Mar 10: The morning had lightly overcast skies, a little bit of light rain, and a purple horizon across the lake. However, the afternoon changed to clear sunny skies and with that the temperatures ballooned to the low 50's. What a gorgeous afternoon with everybody out walking on the Croftville Road. Lake Superior was bright blue with blinding white reflections in the direction of the sun.

Mar 9: It is the warmest day since November with a high in the upper 40's in Croftville. With clear blue skies, a deep blue lake with green shadows, 2ft waves from the SE, and only a light breeze, this is a truly beautiful day.

Mar 8: It was warm in the upper 20's and 30's today. We had partly cloudy skies and it had the taste of spring in the breeze. Lake Superior was mostly calm and a steel blue against a pale blue horizon. It was a great day to be out enjoying the snow.

Mar 7: It was a warm day and it felt so good not to be bundled up in multiple layers of clothing. Temperatures were in the 20's and 30's. We had partly sunny skies. Lake Superior was surprisingly calm and light blue. There is no ice to be seen in the water here in Croftville. We drove down to Duluth today and it was so different to see the ice on the lake there and hundreds of people out on the lake most of which were ice fishing.

Mar 6: The cold is gone for awhile, I hope for good. It is 16 degrees in Croftville and we are on our way to the upper 20's today. The lake is silver this morning with small roller waves from the south. Skies are partly cloudy. Last night the large moon reflected off the lake and snow so it seemed like twilighjt all night. Only the angles of the shadows changed as the full moon moved from east to west.

Mar 5: The cold lingered another day with 8 below here in Croftville this morning. Temperatures did steadily rise throughout the day making 22 by late afternoon. However, with the rising temps also came rising winds off that cold lake. Lake Superior was a greenish gray with 3-4ft waves in the afternoon from the SE. You could see lots of whitecaps away from the shore.

Mar 4: Ouch, 6 below this morning beside an unfrozen Lake Superior. Our high was only 8 degrees today. The prognosticators are telling us warmer temps are on the way beginning tomorrow afternoon. Right now it is back down to 4 below at 6pm. I hope they are right, this below zero stuff is becoming old, especially in March. Lake Superior was a dark blue today with steam rising off its surface all day long.

Mar 3: We woke up to heavy snow and wind. We picked up a good 4" by the time it quit this afternoon. The sky was white, the lake was a greenish gray with 2-3ft waves from the SSE. The horizon was not visible. Temperatures were in the 20's to freezing.

Mar 2: By this morning we had an open water silver blue Lake Superior as far as we can see. Only a smattering of small ice pieces can be seen out on the lake. Temps dropped last night into the low single digits but the sun is warming things up quickly and we should be in the upper 20's today with the clear blue skies.

Mar 1: Yesterday, my daughter and I were playing out on the foot thick ice. This is a rare event since lake ice is so unpredictable. I actually thought to myself it will probably be weeks before the waves of Lake Superior will be able to eat away at the ice shelf along the shore. Looking out at the horizon I saw ice as far as I could see. This morning I woke up and all the ice was broken up all the way to the shore. We watched as these large chunks of ice boke up into smaller chunks and gradually be pulled out away from shore. Temperautres hit 30 yesterday afternoon. We didn't see a 30 degree temperature for the whole month of February. I like March.

February
2015

Feb 28: Partly cloudy blue skies and high winds are the conditions here along Lake Superior today. Temperatures climbed into the 20's. Lake Superior was frozen blue ice as far as I could see with many pressure ridges. A neighbor tells us that the ice near the shore is now nearly a foot thick. That is quite remarkable.

Feb 27: Clear blue skies, blue ice, and temperatures rising into the 20's after a 4 below start this morning. It was a gorgeous day in Croftville. The winds this afternoon were at times severe, the ice shelf broke off about a mile out leaving deep blue open water as it drifted away.

Feb 26: Clear blue skies, a red sunrise over the lake, and 10 below greets us this morning. I am sure the sun will do its magic to make a beautiful day along our ice frozen lake.

Feb 25: And our cold returns with a low this morning of 14 below. The normal high for this date in Grand Marais is 28 degrees. I don't think we have even had a thaw ib February here. The ice shelf near the shore seems to be pretty stable although you can watch the ice sheets move in and out further out. Temperatures finally managed to find 10 degrees in the afternoon sun before beginning their descent back below zero.

Feb 24: What a difference a day makes. Got up to 22 degrees this morning and 2-3" of fresh snow. However, by the time I had finished shoveling snow the temperature was already going down. By this evening the temps had steadily gone down to 3 degrees. Lake Superior had several breaks in the ice as the ice shelves pulled away and the waves began breaking the shelves into shards and swallowing them up.

Feb 23: It was 18 below this morning once again with an afternoon high of 10 above. Skies are overcast and pure white. It it almost like a frozen breath everywhere. Lake Superior is white as far as you can see. The only way to distinguish the horizon is there is an ever so tiny tint of blue on the lake ice.

Feb 22: It was 18 below once again overnight and never even got close to zero for the high today. The sun and blue skies were out. Lake Superior is a frozen tundra near the shore. The patterns from the pressure ridges of broken ice shards are fun to stare at. Farther out you can see the blue line indicating open water and the steam rising off of it.

Feb 21: Lake Superior is a large white mass except right near the horizon were there is a dark blue band which I presume to be open water. Temperatures are in the teens with partly cloudy skies.

Feb 20: We got rid of the severe cold but with the moderate temperatures came snow. We got about 4-5" of fluffy fresh snow today. It was beautiful to watch come down and light enough that my back didn't hurt too bad after the shoveling. Temperatures were in the teens most of the day.

Feb 19: Wow, 18 below this morning in Croftville. This is colder than we would see along the lake if the lake wasn't frozen. We have clear blue skies except for a few clouds directly over Lake Superior. Lake Superior is a white ice sheet as far as we can see with a scattering of pressure ridges and stacked ice in places.

Feb 18: The cold continues with 16 below this morning along the lake. I can see a channel of open water about 100 yards from the shore. I can tell its open because of the water vapor rising off the surface. We had a large red orange sunrise as the sun showed itself in the small sliver between the horizon and the cloud cover over the lake. Everywhere else we have clear blue skies.

Feb 17: It was 14 below this morning in Croftville. Managed a brief high of 10 degrees before plummeting back down this evening. Lake Superior looks like the arctic with a field of stacked broken ice along the shore. Vey little open water was seen today.

Feb 16: The ice sheets have formed a barrier of stacked broken ice shards for the first 50ft from shore. After that, the sheet moves in and out from the shore creating an opening and closing channel parallel with the shoreline. Temperatures today mad it into the low 20's but the high humidity made it feel much colder.

Feb 15: Ouch, 14 below this morning. Being halfway through February, I hope we will not see much more of the bitterly cold air masses. As the sun rose above the cloud cover on the horizon, temperatures moved upward into the double digits this afternoon. Lake Superior is a uniform frozen white except along the shore. There we can see and hear the ice shelf breaking into to shards as it piles onto the shore or creating chammels of open water as it pulls away from the shore.

Feb 14: It was a cold day today with a high of 1 below down here next to Lake Superior. Lake Superior was ice as far as we could see with a few channels of open water. The stars are so bright tonight and are distinctly twinkling is the clear cold air.

Feb 13: We had a dusting of snow last night (less than an inch) which raised temperatures up to about 10 degrees by morning and about 20 in the afternoon. Skies are white and overcast. The lake is pock marked with regions of ice and water both of which are varying shades of gray.

Feb 12: There was ice as far as we could see today. In the afternoon the ice had breaks in it as we watched the flows and sheets drift to the east. Broken shards of ice began piling up on the shores. Temperautres we very cold with a high of only 4 and most of the day below zero.

Feb 11: We have broken ice with snow on top of it drifting for about a quarter mile from shore. After that Lake Superior is a metallic blue and surprisingly calm considering the strong swirling winds. Another 3-4" of snow fell during the night. We woke to 22 degrees and have watched the temperatures drop slowly ever since.

Feb 10: The ice sheets crinkled yesterday and by this morning were either broken up or moved out away from shore. By afternoon the sheets had moved back in to shore. Temperatures were in the 20's overnight and stayed in the 20's all day. Snow began falling around noon accumulating about 4" by nightfall. The location of the ice became quite visible with the fresh snow.

Feb 9: We have overcast skies today with a low last night of zero and a high this afternoon of 28. Lake Superior is a pale blue gray with an ice sheet extending out for at least 1 mile. It may have been cold enough last night for the lake to freeze but I suspect the ice sheet just drifted in overnight.

Feb 8: I saw my first definate band of broken frozen ice this morning. It was a thin band of about 10ft sitting 50ft off the shore. Coming down the Gunflint trail this afternoon we could see from our bird's eye view that there are indeed sheet of ices forming out on Lake Superior. The lake was a deep bluish green against the pale blue horizon and the white sheets of ice.

Feb 7: We woke up to 3 inches of light fluffy snow this morning. While I was shoveling out a new wave of snow began and continues throughout the day. With the snowfall we cannot see the horizon on the lake. Gitche Gumi is a silver blue with dark green shadows. The waves are now 2-3ft with small whitecaps from the ESE. Temperatures look like they will be hovering in the teens today along the shore.

Feb 6: The big waves dissipated overnight. Today we have 2-3ft rollers from the south. Temperatures are in the teens. With overcast skies the lake is a colorless gray. They are predicting snow for tonight.

Feb 5: It warmed up overnight and was 1 above this morning. The winds were still at 8am but by 10am they were roaring off the lake this time and roared all day long. The waves are 6-7feet from the south and are as large as I have seen them this winter. Judging by the whitecaps I could see further out I think out there they were even larger. Lake Superior had a greenish blue hue to it today which is often the case with whitecaps. Temps rose into the low 20's.

Feb 4: The cold continued this morning. It was 1 above when I awoke but by 10am it had dropped to 3 below before climbing above zero by noon. We ended up with a high of 5 this afternoon. Once again this morning I could see signs of ice shards in the water by the texture of the surface. This does mean that Lake Superior has cooled down enough to begin forming ice and I now expect to see the beginning of ice sheets when the lake is calm and the temperature is low soon. We had gale force winds coming from the northwest this morning. When the gusts hit the lake the surface would shiver. Although the surface is highly textured, the waves were being supressed near the shore from the haevy wind. Sunrise changed the lake from black and white to sky blue and navy as the sun peaked above the cloud cover that has amassed ove the lake from the subzero temps this week.

Feb 3: The cold continues with 2 below this morning and an afternoon high of 14 before sinking back by evening. The skies were mostly overcast leaving Lake Superior calm with a gray pallor most of the afternoon. Even with cloud cover, it was amazingly bright outside last night with the nearly full moon breaking though the clouds and reflecting off the lake and the brillianty white snow.

Feb 2: It was 6 below this morning. I think I may be seeing the first signs of ice on the lake. Superior had patches of rough surfaces that is consistent with small ice chards floating in it. We may still be a long way from seeing any ice sheets, but it may be an indication that at least the surface of the lake has cooled down enough in subzero temperatures to begin forming ice. Typically, it is late February before we begin to see ice sheets forming in our exposed shoreline. Once again the lake is relatively calm and we can watch the gusts of wind hit the surface and move out.

Feb 1: It is hard to believe that February is already here. We got a reminder last night that we have not heard the last of old man winter in the boreal forest. Temperatures plummeted last night down to 8 below. This morning we had the familiar cloud cover over the lake during the cold spells. Lake Superior is mostly calm with a textured silver and black surface that is reflecting the muted sunlight in every direction.

January
2015

Jan 31: We have clear blue skies except way out over the lake where we can see a thin periwinkle cloud cover. Lake Superior itself is a textured deep blue except where the gusts of wind hit the surface and turn the color to navy. The little bit of wave action is too small to determine their direction. Temperatures stayed in the teens and 20's last night and have remained there today. It was a beautiful day outdoors once the 3" of fresh fluffy snow was shoveled.

Jan 30: I didn't see those cold temperatures coming last night. We woke up to 6 below down here next to the lake. Temperautres refused to rise much until noon and then quickly rose to around 20. However, the gentle wind and the high humidity in the air still made it feel awfully cold. Lakw Superior moved from blue to gray as overcast skies moved in and snow began to fall at dusk.

Jan 29: Strong winds off the hill and onto the lake made outdoor conditions quite uncomfortable today. The winds buffeted Lake Superior's surface subduing the waves near the shore even though large waves could be seen further out. Lake Superior was a silver blue and you could watch the gusts of wind make its surface shiver as they traveld out on the lake. Air temps were in the teens and 20's but it felt much colder than that.

Jan 28: We started the day in the 30's and stayed there all day. The skies are overcast leaving Lake Superior with a greenish gray surface with light blue highlights. Waves are 1-2ft from the south.

Jan 27: We had one of the reddest sunrises I have ever seen this morning over Lake Superior. There was just a sliver of sky visible between the horizon and the low hanging clouds. As the sun passed through that gap it was a brilliant red. Temperautres stayed in the 20's and low 30's yesterday. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the south.

Jan 26: It started snowing lightly last night, by this morning we had 2" and by this evening we had a total of 4" of fresh snow on the ground. With the snow came a numbing wind off the lake that made it very cold even though temperatures hovered in the 20's and 30's. The wind also reinforced the waves until we had 6ft blackish blue waves buffeting the shore from the ESE.

Jan 25: We had a little sun, a little clouds, a blue fairly calm lake, a low overnight of 6, and a high of 19 today in Croftville.

Jan 24: We woke with clear skies, colder temperatures in the teens, and a bright blue Lake Superior with 2ft waves from the SSW. We had snow flurries in the afternoon before clear skies took over for the night and temperatures dropped down quickly into the single digits.

Jan 23: The afternoon was georgous here in Croftville. Temperatures hit 40 and Lake Superior was lightly overcast and a pale blue.

Jan 22: It was unseasonably warm with temperature rising to 40 degres, Lake Superior was a bright blue with waves from the SSE. There was plenty of sun to melt away the 1/4" of ice covering everything this morning.

Jan 21: We heard to day that the last ship on Superior made it into port in Duluth today officially ending the shipping season. The Sault Locks should open up in late March. Temperatures hovered in the 20's and 30's today. Lake Superior was mostly calm and a medium blue in color. Skies were partly sunny with intemittent overcast conditions.

Jan 20: We woke up to clear blue skies overhead which will stay with us all day. Over Lake Superior is a different story with a dark gray mass of clouds on the horizon. The sun peaked above these clouds by 9am. Lake Superior is a silver blue with 1ft waves from the ESE. At the right angle the reflections of the sun off the lake are blinding.

Jan 19: Lake effect snow dropped about 4" of fluffy big flake snow in Croftville today. Temperatures started near zero but warmed into the 20's. Lake Superior had small waves and winds from the SE.

Jan 18: Temperatures hovered once again around freezing today. We had intermittent snow several times today accumulating less than a couple inches. The skies were overcast, the lake was gray, and there was almost no discernable waves.

Jan 17: Temperatures rose during the night and hovered around freezing all day. A slippery snow fell on and off accumulating a little more than an inch for the day. Lake Superior was a light purplish blue with 2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE.

Jan 16: It felt like winter again today. Temperatures were back down to below zero this morning and struggled to get in the single digits this afternoon. Winds were intense. Lake Superior was overcast and a light gray with light snow coming down much of the afternoon.

Jan 15: It is warm today hovering around freezing along Lake Superior. However, it is also very windy from mostly the east. We have mostly clear skies with lots of sun. Lake Superior is a purplish blue with large 4ft rollers coming from the south.

Jan 14: Croftville had overcast skies all day. The temperatures were comfortable in the 20's and there was no wind. We had a dusting of snow overnight. With the overcast skies the lake was a uniform dark bluish gray but with 3ft waves that broke near the shore and breaking the uniform gray surface of Lake Superior.

Jan 13: The moon reflected silver off the black lake early this morning. There were 3-4ft waves from the south. Once the sun rose we could see a large black cloud front to the south. Although it is supposed to warm up today you could not tell with the single digit temperatures and high winds in Croftville.

Jan 12: There were 2 ore freighters going by this morning and 2 going by last night. The date must be getting close for the closing of the locks with all the action we have been seeing. The Sault Locks usually close around mid January and then open in mid March. I haven't heard the closing date, yet. It was bitter cold last night waking up to 12 below this morning and not getting to zero until 1pm. We have clear blue skies except for directly over the middle of the lake. The surface is a deep sky blue against a pale blue horizon. The lake is calm but with a textured surface.

Jan 11: Looking out at the lake while laying in bed was so stunning last night. The moon was backlighting the cloud that has amassed over the lake from the below zero temps. Lake Superior itself was black with white highlights of reflected light off the textured lake surface where the moonlight was able to sneak through. This morning the sun has replaced the moon in backlighting the puffy cloud. Lake Superior is silver and you can watch the gusts of wind hitting the surface from the hill and then moving out.

Jan 10: We watched 3 ore freighters go by last night. All were within a half mile of shore but one of them was less than a quarter mile. Our neighbors told us the this freighter actually passed between the shore and 5 mile rock and that is the reason it was so close as it passed by us here in Croftville. We could see all the details of the ship just from the minimal running lights. Today it has warmed up into the teens with partly cloudy skies over the lake. Lake Superior is a dark steel blue with green shadows and 3ft rollers from the SSE.

Jan 9: We had 8 below this morning in Croftville. Skies overhead are blue but the sky over the lake is overcast. Lake Superior has small 1ft waves from the south and is a pale sky blue. Visibility is limted to about a mile with the steam rising off the lake.

Jan 8: Snow returned today and with it the temperatures moderated with a high in the lower teens here along Superior. Accumulation was only a couple inches but the light snow came down most of the day. Sometimes it came down gently but at other times it whirled in a blizzard-like fashion when the winds were gusting. Visibility on the lake was only a half mile with the snow. As sunset approached the snow ended, the winds picked up, and the temperatures dropped back below zero.

Jan 7: We had yet another day of all below zero temperatures today. However, the real story was the wind. With strong winds Grand Marais was the coldest spot in the lower 48 with wind chills at 50 below zero. One of our intrepid guests said that they love this weather and decided to stay an extra night. I think I might not choose the word "love" but watching the steam rise off a roaring lake into a growing cloud directly over the lake is an impressive sight to behold.

Jan 6: It was bitter cold along Lake Superior yesterday. We had 3ft gray rollers from the SSE coming straight into the shore. The steam continued to rise off of Superior up into the amassing cloud directly over the lake. Everywhere else we had clear skies. Our high was 4 below but the winds swirling in all directions made it much, much colder.

Jan 5: It was good to return to Gitche Gumi this afternoon. I got to watch the moon rising over the lake as I drove to Grand Marais. It is nearly full and came up as a large orange orb. It then rose above the clouds and water vapor over the lake turning into a smaller bright white ball. The high as driving along the lake was 1 above on my car thermometer.

Jan 4: We headed to Northfield in SE Minnesota today to take our son back to college. After the snowfall quit yesterday afternoon, the temperatures began to plummet and the winds picked up. We were down to 10 below this morning on the lake and we never got to zero. Lake Superior was a pale blue with 2-3ft roller waves. Water vapor could be seen rising off the surface forming into a cloud directly over the lake.

Jan 3: The snow resumed in the middle of the night. Temperatures actually rose into the 20's overnight. With now 4 inches of fresh snow it has a familiar look of winter with snow heavy at times still falling. Visibility of the lake is only about 100 yards with 1ft waves from the SSE.

Jan 2: We had teens overnight and teens all day today. The sky was overcast and Lake Superior was gray with green shadows and only 2ft waves today. Snow began falling in the afternoon. It felt like lake effect snow with big fluffy flakes coming in horizontally from the lake. We ended up with 2-3 inches before it stopped. However, they say there is another storm on the way tonight.

Jan 1: We welcome 2015 in Croftville with a dusting of snow. It is the kind of snow that would not even be noticed this time of year. However, with the lack of any noticable snow cover down by the lake, even a small dusting is noticed right away. Temperatures remained near 20 overnight. To the south over the lake we have dark clouds that the sun is trying to rise above. Directly overhead we have clear blue skies. Lake Superior is a shiny silver gray with 4ft waves from the south.

December
2014

Dec 31: It warmed up today into the teens. Not a lot of sun but what a difference in the temperature from the past few days. As long as you stayed out of the brutal wind it was quite pleasant outdoors. The winds really generated some huge waves that left a sheet of frozen spray on our stair landing on the beach. We had 5-6ft waves from the SSW breaking with gusto onto our rocks. Those waves have unusually maintained themselves all day long. I guess 2014 wants to go out with a roar.

Dec 30: It is too cold to work outdoors today so I watched the sun rise through the rising steam off the lake into the clouds blanketing Superior. Everywhere else except over the lake is clear blue frigid skies. We woke up to 9 below and it doesn't look like we will see zero today. Temperatures certainly feel like winter but down on the shore we still have no snow cover.

Dec 29: It was 8 below this morning and climbed to 6 above for the high. The good news is that we had sun and clear skies all day except directly over the lake. Lake Superior was calm with a blue textured surface. I watched an ore freighter pass by within a half mile from shore. It was sitting high in the water and must have been heading towards Silver Bay, Two Harbors, or Duluth to load.

Dec 28: Clear blue skies everywhere today except directly over the lake. Lake Superior is calm with a textured blue surface with dark navy shadows. Temperatures really dropped overnight to single digits. They say it will be even colder tonight.

Dec 27: Another day of overcast skies but this time temperatures hovered just below freezing. They say much colder temperatures are on the way for next week but doesn't look like any significant snow in the week ahead.

Dec 26: We had a clear sky for awhile this morning. A hike up Pincushion Mountain revealed a sky so clear that Isle Royal and the Susie Islands could clearly be seen. By afternoon lightly overcast skies returned with temperatures right around freezing. Lake Superior was gray and relatively calm.

Dec 25: Merry Christmas. We woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground. I don't know if that qualifies for a white Christmas or not, but considering that it is 37 degrees I would have to say not. I think this is the first non-white Christmas we have had here since 2002 when we were looking at the property between Christmas and New Years and there was no snow along the lake. Today we have 2-3ft greenish gray waves from the SSW.

Dec 24: We had sun for almost an hour today. It has been many days since that has happened. But no sooner did we feel the sun on our face before we saw the black clouds to the south making their way towards us. Most of the day was heavily overcast in the 40's with occasional drizzle. Waves on Lake Superior were 2ft from the SE.

Dec 23: The rain continues with temperatures hovering in the upper 30's and lower 40's. Lake Superior has 3ft waves from the SE. Ther are 3 distinct horizontal bands in the lake. There is the brown band close to shore due to all the runoff from the past several days. Then there is the aqua green transluscent band just past the runoff. Finally there is the grayish blue band starting at about a quarter mile out going to the horizon.

Dec 22: We had 3-4ft waves coming in straight from the SSE today in Croftville. The heavy drizzle continued all day long and we never did see the horizon. Temperatures stayed in the upper 30's. All the recent snow has now once again mostly melted away. Maybe we are looking at a green Christmas.

Dec 21: I returned to the big lake today after being in southern Minnesota for 3 days. It was so foggy that I didn't even get a glimpse of the lake until we were down at the waterfront in Duluth. Snow followed us up the shore until Silver Bay, then the wet snow changed to a cold rain. The temperature was a constant 33 degrees all along Highway 61. Here in Croftville we had 2-3ft gray waves coming straight in from the SSE.

Dec 20: Once again I am away from Lake Superior today. I woke up during the night and looked out the window at my brother's to see house and yard lights from a neighboring farm. My first thought was that was an unusually lit ore freighter before I realized I wasn't at home.

Dec 19: No report from Lake Superior today since I was in Rochester and Owatonna today. I sure miss the sounds of the Lake.

Dec 18: We have clear blue skies in Croftville for the first time in many days. There is some perpetual clouds over Superior that we always have when it is cold overnight. It was the first time I could see the moon crescent at night for quite some time. Lake Superior is a light blue with black shadows and 1ft waves from the SE. We had a low of 10 but the sun has quickly jumped us up into the upper 20's.

Dec 17: The snow quite this morning and the sun made it presence occasionally. Lake Superior had 2-3ft blue gray waves from the south. We saw 4 ore freighters pass by today and 2 others through the snow during the night. Two of the freighters were less than a half mile off the shore. What a treat to see them so close.

Dec 16: The rain changed to snow last night and we woke up to 3" of new snow under a sheet of ice. Temperatures stayed in the low 20's today and the snow continued all day long sometimes heavy. All together we picked up another 3" during the day. Last night I watched 3 freighters go by lit up. One was particularly close to the shore judging by how fast the ship crossed our field of vision. Today we fought strong winds off the gray lake.

Dec 15: Rain, fog, and drizzle all day long today with a high of 42 and a low of 40 overnight. Lake Superior was mostly calm and a dreary gray that blended into the gray sky. Most of our snow washed away today. Even the cross country ski team was seen running on Croftville Road today for lack of snow.

Dec 14: And yet another day of all day fog. This time, however, there was drizzle to go with it. Temperatures hovered between 36 and 42. Lake Superior was a dark gray with 2ft waves that melded seamlessly into a gray sky.

Dec 13: It was foggy all day again today. Temps started above freezing overnight and climbed into the low 40's. Lake Superior was an indistinct gray with 1-2ft waves.

Dec 12: We have fog today over the lake and the land. Temperatures climbed to 34 and stayed there. Lake Superior is overcast and gray with 2ft gray waves from the south.

Dec 11: It was a beautiful sunrise over the lake. Lake Superior was surprisingly still for this time of year here in Croftville. After the multicolored sunrise the lake settled into a textured sky blue with navy shadows. High temperatures were right around freezing.

Dec 10: Today in Croftville we had an overcast sky with a bluish gray lake and 1-2ft waves. The high temperature was 28. I watched an ore freighter all lit up pass by about a half mile out in the early morning hours.

Dec 9: It was much colder today with a high in the low 20's and lows in the single digits. Lake Superior was a transluscent blue against the clear blue skies.

Dec 8: We woke up with about 4" of wet snow this morning. A rain/snow mix continued until noon. In the afternoon the precipitation quit and the temperatures rose into the low 40's. The still air was a pleasant change from battling strong winds yesterday. However, Lake Superior was still exhibiting 4-5ft waves from the south.

Dec 7: There were huge 5ft transluscent aqua waves from the SSW all day today. The sun in the morning turned into a snowstorm in the late afternoon. The gale winds blew the snow horizontal for several hours into the night.

Dec 6: It was a clear sunrise this morning out over the lake as we approach the winter solstice. The long distance the light has to travel through the atmosphere makes the sunrise redder than usual. Lake Superior is calm and a light blue with navy shadows on the rippled surface.

Dec 5: We had a respite from the cold today. Temperatures unexpectantly jumped to 40 with clear sunny skies. Waves are still from the SSW but are subsiding to only 1ft. It is nice to finally have a break in the cold that beagn a whole month ago.

Dec 4: Temps were in the teens and 20's. We had 3-4ft waves from the SSW on a blue gray Lake Superior. With some cloud cover over the lake, we had the most amazing palette of colors for the sunrise. Once again ore freighters can be seen moving past Croftville.

Dec 3: We watched a saltie pass by Croftville this afternoon. It was a beautiful ship sitting much higher out of the water than the ore freighters. We saw a couple ore freighters, too. Shipping is really busy on the lake right now and the storms and winds mean they all take the more northernly route by us. Lake Superior was an amazing blue with 4ft waves from the SSW. Temperatures in our part ranged from single digits this morning to a high of about 24 before dropping back into the teens.

Dec 2: It is still cold but warmed up to 20 today which would feel like a heat wave if it was not for the intensive winds. Lake Superior is a darker gray than the overcast skies. The 2-3ft waves are coming from the SSW. I have seen 3 ore freighters passing by today which probably means there were more. One was very clode to shore, less than a quarter mile. They seem bigger than life when they are that close.

Dec 1: December came in with ridiculously low temperatures. We had a low this morning of 8 below and a high of 8 above along the lake of all places. Lake Superior had the characteristic curls of steam rising in a helix above the gray surface. Although skies above the land were mostly clear, the lake had an everpresent cloud over it.

November
2014

Nov 30: The day started at 22 degrees and steadily dropped through the day down to 12. We had clear skies and a bright blue lake with 6 inch waves from the SE. We could see some partly cloudy skies to the south over the lake.

Nov 29: We got back to the Lake Superior after dark. Skies were overcast so the lake was dark and pretty quiet.

Nov 28: We were once again in SE Minnesota enjoying time with family. No call from guests so everything is OK at Croftville Road Cottages.

Nov 27: We were in SE Minnesota today to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. The word from the folk in Grand Marais was the cold temps are continuing.

Nov 26: Lake Superior is a textured gray today with a lighter band near the horizon. Skies are overcast with light snow falling. Temperatures dropped into the teens overnight and rebounded into the 20's this morning.

Nov 25: Croftville has partly sunny skies, temperatures climbing into the 20's, and no wind finally. Lake Superior is a greenish blue with 1-2ft waves from the south. An ore freighter passed by unusually close to shore. Maybe they just cannot believe that the winds from the last few days has finally subsided.

Nov 24: It rained during the night and switched over to freezing rain about 4:30am. By daylight it had switched to snow and strong steady winds with occasional gusts that can knock you off your feet. Temperatures were 40 at 4am this morning and then quickly dropped into the low 20's where they have stayed all day. Snowfall continued all day but was light with only a couple inches of accumulation, I think. It is hard to tell with the wind blowing so hard.

Nov 23: What a great sight to be back home along Lake Superior this evening. However, we only got glimpses of the lake with the heavy fog that followed us up most of the North Shore from Duluth.

Nov 22: We were out of town for a funeral today and did not see the lake. I was told we had our first thaw in over 2 weeks.

Nov 21: The winds really picked up last night and as a result we have 3-4ft waves from the south this morning. Lake Superior is silver with aqua shadows. Overnight it got to 8 degrees next to the warm lake and is warming up nicely to 30 today in spite of the nasty winds.

Nov 20: It was the coldest day of the season so far here in Croftville. We only had a high of 11 and combined with the strong winds that picked up in the afternoon it was bitter cold. Lake Superior was gray against a gray sky with 1-2ft waves from the south. I noticed 2 ore freighters passing by.

Nov 19: The news from Croftville: cold and windy with 2ft waves from the SSE. Will this string of cold temperatures ever subside?

Nov 18: We had partly sunny to overcast skies today in Croftville. The lake was a silver gray with navy blue shadows. Winds were not as strong today and we had 1ft waves from the SSE against a highly textured surface. Several ore freighters have passed by close enough to see the spray as the bow breaks through the waves. Nothing new temperature-wise with an abnormally low high of 19 around noon.

Nov 17: Yikes! A high of 17. A low in the single digits right here alongside our big relatively warm body of water. And then there is the gale force wind. Lake Superior is gray with large whitecaps visible far out from the shore.

Nov 16: It was good to return to Lake Superior late this evening. We rarely enter Duluth from the south via Thompson Hill when it is dark. The lights of Duluth and their reflection off the water in the harbor was spectacular. It was cold everywhere in Minnesota today. It never got above the teens anywhere even along Lake Superior. This is a highly unusual sustained cold spell for November. It has been 10 days since we had any above freezing temperatures and forecasts show still another week of even colder temperatures.

Nov 15: We are leaving for a day to say goodbye to a dieing parent in SE Minnesota. It is hard to leave our beloved Lake Superior for such a meloncholly reason. He has lived a long life which we will celebrate, but that doesn't change how much he will be missed. It was the coldest night of the year last night dropping into the low teens even beside this big warm body of water. This morning the lake is blue with 2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE. Skies are clear except directly over the lake where there is some cloud cover or overcast.

Nov 14: Temperatures actually made it to 30 today. We had plenty of sun and a steel blue lake against an intense sky blue sky. Big waves with whitecaps were commonplace. Up next to the shore we had 2ft waves but further out you could tell they were much, much larger.

Nov 13: There were so many ships passing by today that I lost count. I saw at least 4 and maybe as many as 6. With November storms most of the freighters now choose the safer northern route across the big lake. It was cold today with a high of 24 with snow flurries.

Nov 12: Lake Superior was gray and surprisingly calm with 1ft smooth waves. The sky overhead looked like snow and for a brief time this morning it came down heavy. Temperatures stayed in the 20's all day. Teresa saw several ore freighters pass by. The one might have been a saltie since it was sitting so high.

Nov 11: Lake Superior has 3ft waves from the SE that seem to have an unusually long period. The sky and the lake were a uniform gray. Snow flurries fell occasionally and the temperature never got above 28.

Nov 10: It was cold and snowy this afternoon. This morning we had dark gray skies against a dark gray lake. Superior had 2-3ft waves from the south.

Nov 9: We saw several freighters passing by today. Temperatures ranged from 20-32 degrees. We had light snow for much of the day, too light for accumulation but it was pretty coming down. Lake Superior was gray with 2-3ft waves from the south.

Nov 8: It only got to freezing today. The wind was blowing off the hill onto the lake which kept things cold. We had sun, snow, and clouds onn and off throught the day. Lake Superior switched back and forth from blues and grays. The waves close to shore were being subdued by the wind buffeting the surface but further out you could see signs of large waves.

Nov 7: The temperature was 40 this morning and stayed 40 all day long. The wind picked up late in the morning and began building waves out on Superior. By late afternoon we had 4ft waves from the south with gale force winds also from the south. It misted on and off during the morning but by 2:00 a steady rain had begun. If you love storms on Lake Superior this is the time to be here.

Nov 6: We had some some, some partly cloudy skies, some overcast skies, and some light rain today. Consequently, Lake Superior had too many faces to mention them all as the changed constantly through the day. Temperatures hovered in the 30's and low 40's but the breeze this afternoon made it feel much colder.

Nov 5: We had some light rain today and showers last night. Once again we have overcast skies with temperatures in the 30's and 40's and Lake Superior is gray.

Nov 4: There was rain overnight,temps were in the 30's and 40's, and Lake Superior was gray and overcast. We saw 2 ore freighters passing by today.

Nov 3: It was actually warm this morning with an overnight low of 42 here on Lake Superior. The winds picked up this afternoon, the lake grayed over, and temperatures beagn to drop. We had 1-2ft dark gray waves from the south. A light rain began after sunset.

Nov 2: Lake Superior was a stark blue with 1-2ft waves from the south. Temperatures were mild with a low of 38 and a high near 50. We had partly cloudy skies with plenty of sun.

Nov 1: November began with an overnight low of 20 which is the coldest night of the fall so far. It is time to put away water hoses, remove the frozen plants, and put summer furniture away. Lake Superior had a blue textured surface today against a clear blue sky.

October
2014

Oct 31: It was the coldest day of the fall today. It was 27 overnight and never got past 35 degrees today in spite of lots of sun and no wind. Lake Superior was a calm crisp deep blue. The snow from the previous night disappeared by late afternoon except along the north side of the buildings.

Oct 30: The first snow arrived today. The day started with sunshine and 42 degrees. As the day progressed, the sun turned to overcast, overcast turned to rain, and after dark the rain turned to snow. We ended up with about an inch of accumulation. It was a calm day both on Superior and with the wind. The lake continued to change hue as the weather overhead changed.

Oct 29: It was an overcast day on Lake Superior with temperatures in the 40's. The lake was gray with 1ft waves from the SE.

Oct 28: We traveled down the shore to Duluth today. It is amazing to see just how the landscape has changed so rapidly from fall to early winter in the last week. The skies are dark and overcast and the rain that is coming down looks like it could easily change to snow in a heartbeat. The hills are now bare of leaves and green. Even the evergreens have changed their hue to the very dark green of winter.

Oct 27: The 1ft waves on Superior are still coming from the SW today. We have partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the upper 40's.

Oct 26: The winds are still here but the powerful gusts from yesterday are now gone. Lake Superior has 2ft steel blue waves coming at the very unusual and oblique angle of the WSW almost parallel with the shoreline. Skies are clear and temperatures started in the 40's but quicly rose into the 50's.

Oct 25: It is a beautiful warm fall day along Lake Superior. We have a steel blue lake except where the reflecting sun is an array of blinding white and silver. There are powerful gusts of wind off the lake that are tossing anything not tied down about effortlessly. The morning sun is warming the air quickly and will get us into the 60's this afternoon.

Oct 24: A heavy fog rolled in last night and stayed until noon today. It was so heavy I thought for sure it had rained overnight. When the fog finally burned off, we had clear blue skies and the temperatures rose into the upper 50's. Lake Superior has a rippled surface with sky blue highlights and navy shadows.

Oct 23: There was rain overnight and rain this morning. Although the rain ended by midday, a mist continued the rest of the day. Temperautres were in the 40's and maybe made it to 50. Lake Superior had a rippled gray surface but no discernable wave direction.

Oct 22: Strong winds off the lake made today cold in spite of the partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 50's. Lake Superior once again has light blue highlights and dark green shadows on its 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Oct 21: It is a pretty late fall day. The leaves on the birch and aspen are now mostly down. Temperatures have warmed into the 50's but started around 30 this morning. Skies are partly cloudy and Lake Superior has light blue highlights with dark green shadows on the 1ft waves from the SE.

Oct 20: Croftville has partly cloudy skies with a brisk wind off the lake. Temperatures are around 50 but feel much colder in the wind. Lake Superior is mostly calm with just a mrumuring as the small waves brush against the rocks. The lake is a dark blue except near the shore where you can see the reds and blacks od the rocks beneath the clear surface.

Oct 19: We came over the hill entering Duluth about 2pm today and saw Lake Superior for the first time in 2 days. Instinctly, I let out a sigh as I thought welcome home. We could see ore freighters being loaded in the harbor. Temperatures near the lake dropped from the 60's to around 50 as we came down the hill to the lake.

Oct 18: We were away from Lake Superior today enjoying the oak trees in full color down by LaCrosse. I forgot how much I love falls in SE Minnesota but I also realized how quickly I feel out of place without lake. It was hard to sleep without hearing its call, everything is so quiet without it.

Oct 17: The rain began as a mist but developed slowly into a steady soaking rain. The clouds were so dark they were almost black. Lake Superior had spots of sun you could see shining on its surface amidst the dark gray waves. Temperatures hovered in the 40's and low 50's.

Oct 16: We were told we would have one more day of indian summer but Lake Superior had a different plan. The day started with a heavy frost. The sun started warming things up quickly but temperatures stalled in the 40's when a breeze started blowing off the lake. Lake Superior was fairly calm with 1ft shiny gray waves. Later in the afternoon things beagn to cool off even more when fog rolled in off the lake.

Oct 15: It was a beautiful fall day along Lake Superior with temperatures reaching into the 60's. The bright blue lake with 1-2ft waves spakled in the sun.

Oct 14: Warmer temperatures made it feel like indian summer here in Croftville. We had clear skies, a bright sun, lots of color, and 1-2ft waves on Lake Superior.

Oct 13: Cold, overcast, and drizzle describes Croftville today. Although temperatures did manage to find the 50's it felt much colder. Lake Superior was quiet and a placid gray.

Oct 12: And once again another perfect fall day. Clear blue skies, a bright blue lake with 2ft waves, and a light breeze. It did get a little warmer today into the 60's.

Oct 11: It is another perfect fall day along Lake Superior. Clear blue skies, a bright blue lake with 2ft waves, and a light breeze. We woke with a frost but temperatures rebounded quickly into the 50's.

Oct 10: Temperatures made it back into the 50's today in Croftville. With lots of sun and much less wind, it was a beautiful fall day along Lake Superior and the perfect time to enjoy a campfire.

Oct 9: Croftville had strong winds from the north, cold temperatures in the 40's, and partly sunny skies. The winds churned up the waves on a turbulent Lake Superior to 4ft and the noise was thunderous.

Oct 8: We woke up to the lunar eclipse in the west, strong winds off the lake, and the heaviest frost I have seen on top of our construction site. It was so thick it almost had to be shoveled but sweeping sufficed. Temperatures never made it to 50. Lake Superior had 3ft waves from the SW.

Oct 7: Croftville and Lake Superior had strong winds, a mixture of rain and sleet, and cold temperatures that started the day around 50 and then decreased in temperature through the day. Lake Superior had 3ft waves from the SSW.

Oct 6: The wind was blowing hard from the west. Lake Superior was deafening with the 3-4ft waves breaking from the unusual direction of the SW. We had sun at times but most of the day had ominous looking clouds that looked like they could break into rain or snow at any moment. Temperatures started in the 30's and creeped their way to 50.

Oct 5: The sun was out but it was cold with a high just making it to 50 today. Lake Superior was a steel blue with whitecaps and plenty of noise. The winds were strong with a feeling of late fall. I Hope they don't blow off too much of our beautiful fall foliage.

Oct 4: It misted all day long here in Croftville. We had gray overcast skies over a gray lake with 1ft waves from the south. Temperatures hovered around 50.

Oct 3: We didn't get any snow but there was snow to the southwest of us. The clouds were unmistakable as snow clouds that we haven't seen since May. It wass exciting to see but I am not ready for snow yet. Lake Superior had a strong wind off of it and temperatures were in the 40's and 50's.

Oct 2: We had a day of partly sun and a high in the 60's. There is no question now that Croftville is in peak colors right now. Lake Superior is now becoming consistently louder as fall is now in full stride.

Oct 1: October begins with rain, overcast skies, and a blue gray Lake Superior. The rain began in the early afternoon and continued until about 10pm with an inch or more total here by the lake. I woke up to 51 degrees and throughout the day it stayed right there with 49 degrees by late afternoon. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the SE.

September
2014

Sept 30: September ends with beautiful fall colors, a crisp cold wind off the lake, and a high in the high 50's. Lake Superior had 2-3 foot blue waves with navy shadows breaking in a roar on the shore. Some of the aspen trees leaves have begun to fall off near the shore turning brown quickly after just turning gold a few days ago.

Sept 29: The rain started late last night after large storm clouds rolled in just before sunset. It rained all night long. This morning we can see the rain as it has moved over the lake and on to northern Wisconsin. We are back to clear blue skies here but Lake Superior is a dull bluish gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE. Temperatures are still in the low 40's at 9am and I am hoping we will get into the 50's this afternoon.

Sept 28: It was a picture perfect fall day in Croftville. Clear blue skies, a morning low of 50 and an afternoon high of 65. The deciduous trees are nearing full fall colors and there was a pleasant breeze in the air. Lake Superior was a deep sky blue with 2ft waves from the south and some whitecaps could be seen further out on the lake.

Sept 27: Throughout the day today the waves on Lake Superior have been building. We started with a still smooth as glass lake this morning. By noon we could begin to here the lake as the small 6" waves began to rustle on the rocks. By evening the waves were at 1-2ft from the south and making quite a racket as we sat with friends by our fire. It was hot today with temperatures in the 70's.

Sept 26: Clear blue skies, highs in the 70's, and a clear calm Superior were our conditions at Croftville Road Cottages today. Every tree and bush are showing some sign of color change now but we are still a ways from peak color yet. It was fun to see the stones and boulders beneath the surface.

Sept 25: The lake was calm and quiet here in Croftville today. We had some sun and some overcast skies. The light overcast over the lake blended the light blue lake with the slightly lighter blue horizon line so you could almost not distinguish between the two. Temperatures stayed in the low 60's even though there were predictions for it to rise into the 70's.

Sept 24: Clouds came rolling back today along the North Shore. There were a few sprinlkes at times but it looked and felt like it could rain at any moment even though it didn't. Without the sun, the mid 60's temperatures felt much cooler. The trees have really made some dramatic changes in the last day. It is looking more and more like fall all the time.

Sept 23: Lake Superior is clear blue with 2ft waves and a mostly sunny sky. The high temperature was in the 60's. We can smell wood fires which is appropriate for the first official day of fall.

Sept 22: Gitche Gumi has silver blue 2-3ft waves from the SSW with dark green shadows. The day has clear blue skies, plenty of wind, and a high temperature of 65.

Sept 21: Lake Superior is a deep sky blue with 2-3ft waves and whitecaps from the SSW. Haven't seen waves from this direction for quite some time. It usually means a change in weather, maybe we will be done with the rain for awhile. It is windy with partly sunny skies and temperatures getting up close to 70.

Sept 20: Lake Superior was a dark purplish blue today with 2ft waves from the south. It was surprisingly warm today with temperatures roght around 70 all day long. This was in spite of limited sun and plenty of storm clouds passing by. We finally did get rain late tonight. I am not sure when it happened but the gold and reds are really becoming apparent on the trees. I bet that the maples a little inland are really becoming full of fall colors.

Sept 19: It misted this morning, rained lightly this afternoon, and then dumped 2" of rain in about a half hour in the late afternoon. Lake Superior was loud enough that we couldn't be sure if it was the lake or the thunder. The lake had gray 2-3ft rolling waves. Temperatures were in the 50's.

Sept 18: It was cold and windy in Croftville today. Lake Superior was a dark blue with whitecaps. Temperatures didn't make it out of the 50's.

Sept 17: What an unusual day along Lake Superior. It was cold in the 50's and has already dropped into the 40's by sunset. It misted lightly all day long without interuption. It never accumulated enough to get anything thoroughly wet, but it never stopped. Most of the day also had a brisk wind off the lake. Lake Superior had 3ft gray waves that were relentless.

Sept 16: It was windy and partly sunny today. Lake Superior was loud with 3-4 blue gray smooth waves that broke with a crash at the shore. The day actually started warmer than usual in the low 60's but cooled into the 50's as the day progressed.

Sept 15: Lake Superior had sunny to partly cloudy skies overhead today. There were 3-4ft waves from the SE with a steel blue surface and whitecaps. Temperatures were in the 50's.

Sept 14: It rained last night pretty hard. Today it was mostly overcast, cold, and windy. Temperatures made it into the mid 50's.

Sept 13: It feels like fall in the air. Lake Superior has 2-3ft waves and is a silver blue in the partly sunny sky. Leaves are starting to have hints of reds and golds. Temperatures started in the 40's and got close to 60.

Sept 12: It was the coldest day in Grand Marais probably since May. Our high just made it into the 50's. Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the SE and was a silver blue. Overcast and stormy skies passed over periodically but produced only a heavy mist. We saw a hummingbird in the feeder at Cottage 3, it must be close to the time for those guys to leave.

Sept 11: Lake Superior really roared last night and kept some of us up. It is much calmer this morning with 2ft silver blue waves from the SE. We have partly cloudy skies and temperatures dropped in the 40's along the shore last night but got down to freezing up the Gunflint Trail. Looks like a high in the mid 50's today which is 10-15 degrees below what we have been having.

Sept 10: We had heavy rains and gale-like winds along Lake Superior today. Waves were 5ft in height from the ESE with large whitecaps at times. We saw our first ore freighter passing by for the fall season yesterday. Generally, the freighters take the more southernly route across the lake except when they expect poor weather and then they take a route that passes by us. I expect we will begin to see ships more regularly from now on now that the lake has become more turbulent.

Sept 9: What a change in the weather. Temperature-wise it was still in the 50's and 60's but the sun left early this morning and we have overcast gray skies. There should be heavy rains tonight and tomorrow but nothing has showed up yet this evening. Lake Superior has 3ft greenish gray waves from the SE.

Sept 8: Lake Superior was a stark blue with large loud 3-4ft waves from the SE against a light blue sunny sky. Overall it was a cool day in the 50's and 60's although if you got out of the wind but stayed in the sun it felt warmer. The whitecaps out on the lake were spectacular.

Sept 7: As we approach the full moon later this week the night skies are becoming brighter and brighter. Tonight it was almost like walking in the daylight except for the greatly enhanced shadows. The moonlight off the lake was almost blinding.

Sept 6: It was another beautiful breezy day in Croftville. Lake Superior was a steel blue against the sunny blue skies. Temperautres stayed mostly in the 60's.

Sept 5: It was a sunny, breezy, 60 degree day here in Croftville. Lake Superior was a crisp blue with 2ft smooth waves. The hummingbirds were feeding heavily in the feeders hanging from the cottages.

Sept 4: Somehow it didn't rain overnight but it more than made up for that this morning here in Croftville. We had heavy rains for a couple hours and then the rain lingered for a couple more hours after that. Surprisingly, the sun made a brief presence this afternoon before stormy overcast skies returned. Lake Superior is loud and gray with 3ft waves from the ESE.

Sept 3: The dragonflies were everywhere today. I love to watch them flitting about with their distinctive motion and sound. Except for the rain showers overnight and during the morning, it was a beautiful fall day. Lake Superior was a stark blue with 2ft waves from the SE. Temps were in the 60's but it almost felt hot when the sun came out and warmed the moistur in the air.

Sept 2: We had a partly sunny day with large white clouds and sometimes stormclouds passing by. We did get a 10 minute deluge and then the sun came back again. I bet we got a quarter inch of rain in those 10 minutes. Lake Superior was a depp blue with 3ft waves and some whitecaps from the south. Temperatures stayed in the 60's.

Sept 1: September begins with rain, overcast skies, and a grayish green Lake Superior. It rained heavy overnight and the lightning and thunder put on quite the show. Waves picked up overnight, too. We have 2-3ft roller waves from the south. It actually warmed up overnight with morning temperatures in the high 60's. We are hoping for this large storm area to move to the east leaving us with a sunny afternoon.

August
2014

Aug 31: The day started with a heavy dew that is familiar in the fall. We had mostly blue skies and a blue Lake Superior with 1-2ft waves until late afternoon when storm clouds showed up. Rain began around 6pm and continued on and off to dark. Temperatures hovered in the 60's all day.

Aug 30: We have a lightly overcast sky today. Lake Superior is calm and a light blue gray. The horizon is clear which may mean the weather is nice in northern Wisconsin but it doesn't seem to be coming our way. Temperatures are in the 60's today.

Aug 29: It began raining at 9am and was still raining when the sun went down. The rain was heavy at times but was a heavy drizzle most of the day. Lake Superior was a light gray with 1ft waves. The horizon sometimes looked like it might clear up. Temperatures started in the 50's and didn't get past the low 60's.

Aug 28: Clear blue skies, a warm sun, a comfortable breeze, and 1-2ft grayish blue smooth waves from the south describe the day on Croftville Road.

Aug 27: It was a beautiful windy day along Lake Superior in Croftville. We had sunny blue skies as the backdrop for a deep blue lake with a textured surface. Surprisingly, in spite of the wind, the lake was waveless and quiet. Temperatures were on the chillier side starting in the low 50's and getting into the mid 60's.

Aug 26: Temperatures were in the upper 60's today and maybe hit 70. Lake Superior had 4ft roller waves from the SSW which were quite noisy when they broke. The lake was a greenish gray with partly sunny skies.

Aug 25: We returned today from taking our son to college. I was told we had a horendous rainstorm last night and jugding by the amount of water in our construction site I believe it. It was very windy today and had the distinct feeling of fall in the air in spite of the temps in the upper 70's and low 80's. Lake Superior was a deep azure blue with lots of whitecaps to be seen away from shore. I would say the waves were 2-3ft from the SE.

Aug 24: We left early this morning to take Joey to Saint Olaf to begin college. The lake was gray and the sky overcast. There were places along highway 61 that we could see it had rain overnight. Our detour for road construction took us into dense fog near Finland. As we watched Superior we could see the fog roll in and out from the shore.

Aug 23: This is the same story for the fourth day. The overcast skies remain. Temperatures stayed in the 60's overnight. Lake Superior is gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE. And it looks like it could rain almost any minute but it hasn't for 4 days now.

Aug 22: The overcast skies remain. The air is humid by North Shore standards. But, we still have not had any rain since Tuesday in spite of constant signs for it. Lake Superior is gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE. There is a dark thin line at the horizon. Temperatures stayed in the 60's overnight.

Aug 21: I thought for sure we would get rain last night, I thought for sure we would get rain today. We didn't get either, hooray. There was lots of fog, there was much overcast skies. However, for about 10 minutes the fog burned off and we had sunshine then the fog drifted back in. Lake Superior, or at least what we could see of it, was gray with 2ft waves from the SE. We watched a boat bob around in the waves about a quarter mile out. Jugding by the way it was being tossed about I suspect the waves were larger away from shore.

Aug 20: It is a beautiful sunrise with sun finding slits to break through the overcast skies. Superior is a silver gray and calm with a slightly textured surface. The horizon is dark and I suspect there is rain falling in Michigan's UP. It stayed warm overnight staying in the mid 60's.

Aug 19: We had light rain all day until about 3pm. After that, skies were overcast and at times it looked like it would rain again. Lake Superior is a light silvery gray with 1ft waves generating a gentle sound of braking waves. It is unusual that the lake is lighter than the horizon.

Aug 18: We woke up to rain and the rain stuck around on and off all day. Temps are in the 60's. Lake Superior was gray with 2ft waves.

Aug 17: Lake Superior is deep blue today with silver highlights, dark green shadows, and 2ft waves from the SE. Dark clouds this morning suggested rain was imminent but it never materialized. By late morning we had partly cloudy skies.

Aug 16: Lake Superior is deep cobalt blue today bright whitecaps from the 2-3ft waves. It was sunny day that at times was interupted with overcast skies.

Aug 15: The lake got its voice back today. 6" to 1ft waves let Superior use its vocal chords. We had a strong breeze and sun all day long making it a great day to be outside. Temps started in the upper 40's but ended in the 70's.

Aug 14: Again, I heard the lake breaking against the shore last night but once again when I got up this morning I found a calm Lake Superior with a deep blue textured surface. I am starting to think I am dreaming. I watched 2 otters swimming and playing near the shore this morning. We have clear blue skies, a heavy fall-like dew, and an ovenight low of 50.

Aug 13: We had rain again late last night even though there was no rain forecast at all. While I was laying in bed I heard what as of late has been an unfamiliar sound, the sound of the waves breaking on shore. However, getting up this morning Lake Superior is once again placid but with a textured surface generated from the cool breeze. We are in the 50's this morning, the skies are clear, and it should be a beautiful day along the Croftville Road.

Aug 12: It was cool overnight with the temperatures in the 40's this morning. Skies were clear blue all day with a warm breeze in the air. We ended up with a high near 80. Lake Superior was calm once again with a light blue textured surface. There are some horizontal bands of completely still water out away from the shore. Late in the afternoon some dark clouds began to move in from the north.

Aug 11: Wow, there was rain, thunder, and lightning all night long and it was still raining this morning. Rain lingered in a spotty way into the afternoon before blue skies finally prevailed. Lake Superior was mostly calm with a blue and silver textured surface against a foggy horizon. Temperatures were in the 60's and low 70's.

Aug 10: It was a warm sunny day in Croftville. Temps made it into the upper 70's. Lake Superior was a pale silver blue glass surface. Once again there were lots of small crafts out on the big water.

Aug 9: We were inland today and didn't return to Superior until sunset. The lake was so still and it surprises you that a body of water that large can be so flat and silent. Inland the temperatures were in the 80's but once we were back along the lake we fell into the 60's.

Aug 8: It was hot by Lake Superior standards today with a high in the upper 70's. Lake Superior was still a still light blue. There were lots of small craft out on the lake all day long. There was also lots of sun. Who except someone who lives on Lake Superior would call the upper 70's hot?

Aug 7: We had a warm sunny day along Lake Superior here in Croftville. The lake was still and dotted with small boats this morning enjoying the calm pale blue surface. In the direction of the rising sun sun the reflection off the lake was blinding. We had a high in the low 70's.

Aug 6: I traveled to Duluth today and enoyed the beauty of the North Shore all the way down and back. There is lots of road construction and the heavy rain ovenight made conditions on the construction muddy. Lake Superior itself had only small 6" waves and was a deep blue. Temperatures started in the 60's and maybe just made it to 70 by late afternoon.

Aug 5: We had a mixture of skies today including fog, overcast, partly cloudy, amd blue skies at times. By late in the day we could see the heavy thunderstorms forming to the north and coming our way. Lake Superior was calm and pale blue. Temperatures were in the 50's and 60's today.

Aug 4: There was plenty of sun on Croftville Road today. The blue skies were reflected off the mostly calm lake surface. We had a high temperature in the low 70's.

Aug 3: We have temperatures in the 70's. A calm Lake Superior has a light haze over it that makes the horizon just barely visible. Skies have alternated with a light overcast to blue skies with light clouds passing by. Once again the lake has many small boats out enjoying the calm surface.

Aug 2: It was a picture perfect day in Croftville and perfect weather for the Fishermen's Picnic. Temperatures were in the 70's, clear blue skies, and a cool breeze in the air. Lake Superior was a light blue glass. With the still water and Fishermen's Picnic in Grand Marais there were lots of small boats dotting the lake. The light fog covering the lake made the boats look like they were floating in the air above the surface.

Aug 1: August begins with good cool weather just like we have had all summer with a high temperature today in the low 60's. Skyward we had a little of everything including clouds, overcast, fog, and sun. The only thing we didn't get was rain. Hooray! Lake Superior is a calm pale blue against a white foggy horizon.

July
2014

July 31: It feels warm today with temperatures already well in the 70's by 11:00am. We have clear blue skies with a white horizon and a calm shiny silver blue lake. We are hoping for our first day since since July 24th without rain. I am crossing my fingers.

July 30: Croftville was cold along the lake today. Temperatures were in the 50's and low 60's. Lake Superior was calm and light blue except when it was raining. Then the thunderheads passing by pelted us with rain and turned the lake gray.

July 29: Rain is the story in Croftville today. We had a heavy thunderstorm just before noon and then a really big thunderstorm passed through just before 5pm. In between it was nice enough for people to be out and about in order to get caught in these storms that seemed to pop out of nowhere.

July 28: We had a big burst of rain and thunder this afternoon. It is warm, a bit humid, and the mosquitoes are out in full force. Lake Superior is spectacular with the fog creating mirages out near the horizon. July 27: It was a cool day along Lake Superior with scattered rain showers throughout the day. The lake was calm and gray.

July 26: It was a georgeous day along Lake Superior. There was lots of sun, blue skies, and a calm blue lake. We sat outside enjoying a fire, family, and friends until a thunderstorm came from the SW and forced us inside.

July 25: The lake is calm. We can hear the conversations of the people talking a quarter mile out from the shore and the smooth light blue surface. Highs are just short of 70. We had some rain showers, some sun, but mostly we have had big white puffy clouds moving through a background of blue skies.

July 24: We had a beautiful day in Croftville. Lake Superior was a bright blue that was about a shade brighter than the deep blue sky. Gitche Gumi was still and silent. There were clear skies after the fog burned off and plenty of sun. Temperatures were pleasant with a low of 45 and a high of 70.

July 23: We woke up with lots of fog. Lake Superior is once again silent and still except for some swooshing sounds as the water brushes against the rocks. It was warm with a high somewhere around 70. The fog eventually receded but continued to provide amazing mirages out near the horizon. It looked giant white mesas across the crisp blue lake. The sky eventually filled with large cumulus puff balls that looked extra white against the deep blue sky.

July 22: An impressive thunderstorm with heavy rain hit about 3am with the last remnants passing through at 9am. It was quite a light show for those who could not sleep through it. This morning the fog lifted early but the skies remain overcast. Lake Superior's horizon has a dark blue band. The rest of the lake is a purplish blue with 6" waves from the SE. Sun over the lake reflects off the small wave crests. It feel like it will be a hot and humid day by Lake Superior standards.

July 21: The day along Lake Superior started with fog covering the lake. You could see clear skies directly overhead. Gradually, the fog burned off and we had a surprisingly warm day in Croftville where the high made it to 80. However, temperatures see-sawed many times as the breeze changed directions on and off the lake. Lake Superior had 1-2ft blusih gray waves once the fog left.

July 20: Lake Superior had 2ft gray roller waves today. It is fun to hear the lake again for a second day after several days of calm. Skies were overcast with the sun finding its way through at times. Lingering cool temps by the lake kept the high in the 60's even though highs were reported to be in the mid 80's up the trail.

July 19: Lake Superior has a voice for the first time after several days of calm. Gray smooth roller waves grew to 3ft today. Skies were lightly overcast with periods of sun. At times the skies threatened rain but that never came to pass.

July 18: Sunny and still cool describes Croftvillle today. Highs climbed into the upper 60's. Lake Superior was calm and a pale blue gray. The horizon is fuzzy but lighter than the lake. Any breeze is nonexistent.

July 17: It is still cool in the shade but it feels warm and pleasant in the Croftville sun. Temperatures started in the 40's and made it into the upper 60's today. It was a mostly clear day with a calm pale blue lake. There were white mirages near the horizon and the water was calm enough that you could see the rocks on the lake bottom for quite a ways out.

July 16: Croftville had a beautiful partly cloudy day with plenty of sun and big fluffy cumulus clouds. Temperatures rose into the low 60's and still felt chilly in the shade. Lake Superior had a blue textured surface but no real waves. There were some mirages at the horizon.

July 15: The rain quit overnight and it was a partly sunny day here in Croftville. Temperatures stayed on the cool side only raching the low 60's. Lake Superior was blue and mostly calm.

July 14: It rained during the night, it was raining when I got up, it was still raining even when the sun came out, and it is raining now as I prepare for bed. At times it rained hard, at times it just drizzled, and sometimes it was little more than a mist, but it never completely stopped. Temperatures were in the low 40's this morning and barely made it into the 50's today. Lake Superior was mostly gray with a textured surface.

July 13: It was a fairly nice Sunday with some sun. Temperatures started in the 40's and ended in the 60's here along the lake. Lake Superior developed 2-3ft waves by the end of the day from the strong winds during the day. Rain found us in the evening.

July 12: It was a sunny day with blue skies and a blue and calm Lake Superior. Temperatures rose to a high in the low 70's here along the lake. My daughter picked enough wild strawberries to put in pancakes. The tiny little berries are amazing bursts of flavor.

July 11: The rain began at 5am this morning and continued onn and off all day. The sky is heavily overcast, the lake is a silver gray, there is quite a bit of fog, and Superior is calm. Temperatures have stayed in the low 50's all day long.

July 10: Lake Superior is calm with a textured surface of light blue with aqua shadows. We had clear skies most of the day and cool temperatures in the 50's in the shade.

July 9: There were lots of fluffy cumulus clouds passing by Croftville today. Lake Superior was blue and surprisingly calm with small waves from the SSW. When the sun was out it was and the breeze was not off the lake it felt warm in the 60's but when you had shade or the breeze switched from the lake temps would plummet into the 50's and even the 40's. I think someone forgot to let the one in charge know it is July.

July 8: It rained in the early morning hours and then misted all morning. Lake Superior was from a medium to light gray depending on the intensity of the overcasty skies. Waves were 6" to 1ft from the SSW once again. The rain has pretty much wiped mout any remaining blossoms on the juneberries but our lilacs are finally infull bloom.

July 7: Lake Superior had 1-2ft grayish blue waves from the SSW. We had plenty of sun which got us into the upper 70's at times. However, when a strong breeze off the lake showed up temperatures would quickly plummet into the low 50's. It is funny to think that the presence and slight change in direction of the wind can oscillate the temps from the upper 70's to the low 50's.

July 6: Rain, lightning and thunder all night. By the time we had dried things out around 2pm it started the cycle all over again. Lake Superior, or at least the 20-30ft you can see, is gray and calm. Temps managed the low 60's and it almost feels muggy. The mosquitoes and flies are out in full force.

July 5: Rain overnight all night, rain in the afternoon, and rain all evening. Boy, did we get a lot of rain. Temperatures by the lake stayed in the low 50's. Lake Superior had too much fog to get a good idea what it was like but it was mostly calm the little bit of it we cold see. When the fog rose briefly it looked like snow covered mountains across the lake.

July 4: It was a great day for a holiday along Lake Superior. The weather was impeccable with sun and a high temp in the low 70's. Rain did manage to find us right before fireworks time in the harbor.

July 3: It was a gorgeous partly cloudy day. Lake Superior was a deep blue with 6" to 1ft waves. However, the word of the day is mosquitoes. Usually, mosquitoes are not too bad along the big cold lake. Today the mosquitoes were out as if we were at a lake up the Gunflint Trail. I guess the recent rains have them out in full force, there were even some out in the sun.

July 2: Lake Superior was calm and light blue today. We had plenty of sun and warm temperatures in the 60's.

July 1: The first day of July was a little windy and threatened us with storm clouds at times. However, overall it was warm and sunny and felt like summer. Lake Superior was stunningly beautiful with the dark blue lake set against a changing horizon line as cloud fronts passed on by. The lake itself has 2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE.

June
2014

June 30: It was a very windy day and churned up 4ft waves on Lake Superior from the SSW. We could feel the spray from the lake all the way up on our construction site. It looked like rain with ominous storm clouds filling the sky many times but in the end we had no precipitation. The strong wind made it feel colder than the 60 degree high would have indicated.

June 29: There was more rain and thunder overnight along Lake Superior. There are times today that it appears the sun wants to come out but the fog cover is just too heavy. Lake Superior has gray 1ft waves from the SE with visibility usually for only 40ft from the shore. The temperatures started in the 60's this morning and have gone down slowly through the day.

June 28: We had some rain and thunder overnight in Croftville. The lupines are now in full bloom. By North Shore standards it is muggy today with high temps in the upper 60's. The sun broke out by mid-morning. There is a bank of fog over the lake. The most I have seen of Lake Superior is from 10 to 100ft as te fog moves in and out from the shore. The little I can see of the lake shows a light blue 1-2ft waves with navy shadows from the SE.

June 27: The Lake Superior sky couldn't decide what it wanted to be today. There were times it was almost black and we were sure we would get wet. There were happy fluffy clouds passing by in the sun at times. Somtimes we had a light overcast skies and other times it was clear and sunny. There is also a mirage out on the horizon that looks like we can see land across the lake. I suspect the mirage may be from a fog bank. Temps would spring into the 60's in the clear skies but quickly jump back down in the 50's when the sun disappeared. Lake Superior itself has 1ft waves from the SE.

June 26: Wow, a second day of sun. That has not been happening very often this month. The sun actually felt warm this afternoon with temps making it into the mid 60's after starting with a low overnight of 41. Lake Superior was mostly calm and quiet today with a sky blue middle band sandwiched by 2 silver blue bands near the shore and horizon. My daughter informed me that our lilac flowers are now budding.

June 25: It was sunny today in Croftville. Lake Superior was a silver blue with 1-2ft waves from the SE. It is still cold but it got close to 60 this afternoon.

June 24: We had heavy rain all morning which turned to heavily overcast skies and wind in the afternoon. It was very cold today with a high of 49. Lake Superior was turbulent and loud with 2-3ft waves.

June 23: It was cold but for the most part sunny today. We had a high in the low 50's. Lake Superior was a deep blue with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

June 22: There was no rain today in Croftville but there was lots of fog. Temperatures started in the 40's and climbed into the 50's. The cool fog was kind of fun and our daughter spent much of the day hiking on the rocks in the fog along the shore.

June 21: The rain, fog, and drizzle continued on through most of the day but conditions dried out in the later afternoon. You couldn't see much of Lake Superior with the fog but its presence was heard.

June 20: The rain began this morning about 5am. It continued strong until about 11am and then was on and off until 3pm. Lake Superior was overcast and gray with 2-3ft waves from the SE. It was a cold day along the lake staying in the low 50's from early this morning all the way to dark.

June 19: The weathermen have been predicting rain all day but somehow our little NE corner of Minnesota missed it all day long. We had a fair amount of sun, cold temperatures in the 50's, and we could see the storms to our southwest. Lake Superior had strong 2-3ft brilliant blue waves from the ESE.

June 18: It is cool, sunny, and windy today in Croftville. Lake Superior has deep sky blue 1-2ft waves with dak bluegreen shadows from the SE. Temps stayed in the low 60's but the breeze off the lake made it feel much colder.

June 17: It was a beautiful summer day in Croftville. Lake Superior was relatively calm with 6" to 1ft waves from the south. We had a sky blue lake with navy shadows and silver highlights. There was lots of sun with temps getting close to 70.

June 16: Today was an amazing day to watch Lake Superior. The sky changed so many times with sun, clouds, fog, and storm fronts. Everytime you would look at the lake it would be different in visibility, bands, colors, and textures. Temperatures started in the low 40's and climbed there way to the low 60's eventually. June 15: It really rained today, maybe a couple inches. Lake Superior has large 4ft smooth waves from the south that break with an ominous crashing sound. You can feel the ground shake when you are standing near the shore. Temperatures stayed in the 50's even when the sun came out in the late afternoon.

June 14: Today was heavily overcast along Lake Superior with waves of rain occuring throughout the day. You could only see a little of Lake Superior before it disappeared into the mist. However, there was no doubt of its presence when the waves broke near the shore. Temperatures started in the 40's and stayed in the 50's today.

June 13: Wow, did the wind blow last night on the lake. Surprisingly, waves had subsided by morning to 1-2ft from the SE. It was a beautiful sinny day by the lake with temperatures in the 50's and 60's. Lake Superior was a silver blue with black shadows.

June 12: It rained hard last night. It is cold and wet today in Croftville. Highs were in the upper 40's. About 5pm the winds started and did it blow off the hill and onto Lake Superior. In little time the lake had built up impressive 4ft waves. Lake Superior was a steel blue with whitecaps everywhere you looked on the lake.

June 11: Cool and sunny describes Croftville today. Clouds hav started to roll in this late afternoon and it looks like rain might not be far off. In the meantime Lake Superior is mostly calm with 3 bands with different shades of blue. The last band almost blends in with the sky and you have to concentrate to make out the horizon line.

June 10: It was warm in the sun and cold everywhere else along Lake Superior. We had sunny skies but in the shade the temps stayed in the 50's. Lake Superior was a pale blue and mostly calm.

June 9: It was colder today with the highs along the lake in the low 60's. Lake Superior was completely calm and pale blue. Sometimes it looked like mist rising from the horizon. Skies were partly cloudy with plenty of bright sun. I noticed that the Juneberries (also called Serviceberries) are now in full blossom.

June 8: It was a beautiful summerlike day in Croftville today. Although I never looked I am sure it must have been in the 70's this afternoon. The sun dried out our construction site from yesterday's rain. The leaves on the trees are really growing and the mosquito's are out for the first time this spring along the lake.

June 7: It started raining during the night and rained steady all morning. It finally stopped about 1pm but the sun was noy able to find its way through the overcast skies. Heavy fog followed the rain later in the day and left Lake Superior invisible even when standing near the shore.

June 6: There was plenty of sun and warmth along the shore today. Lake Superior had only 1ft waves from the SE. The surface was textured with navy shadows and silver highlights. We had a high in the low 70's today and the leaves on the aspens are beginning to fill out.

June 5: It is still mostly sunny today but the temperatures have dropped 10 degrees into the low 60's. Superior is rougher with 1ft waves from the ESE. There is a pale blue (almost white) band a couple miles out on the lake but I have no idea what the source of this is.

June 4: It was warm in the low 70's along Lake Superior today. We had sunny skies, the lake was a deep blue, and the surface was calm. We took a little cruise in the canoe after supper and even with the calm conditions you could still sense the ever so gentle rhythmical rising and falling of the lake. Two beavers let us know they did not want any company with the slapping of their tails.

June 3: You cannot get a more picture perfect day on Lake Superior than today. Highs were in the 70's with clear blue skies. The hummingbirds were going crazy in the feeders and the wild strawberries are finally blossoming. Lake Superior has 6" smooth waves from the SE. As our one guest said, "It doesn't get any better than this."

June 2: The rain, mist, and fog continue once again. Temperatures struggled to get into the upper 40's today. The gray Lake Superior did have 6" to 1ft waves today and it was nice to hear the voice of the lake after it being mute for so many days.

June 1: We welcome June here in the boreal forest. June greeted us with rain continuing overnight and on and off through the day. Temperatures are in the 50's today and Lake Superior is calm and gray when you can catch a glimpse of it through the heavy fog. You could here the fog horn coming from the Grand Marais harbor.

May
2014

May 31: What a difference a day can make. Skies were heavily overcast today with rain and mist throughout the day. Lake Superior remained mostly calm and gray with the lake blending seamlessly into the sky a couple hundred yards out. Our son's graduation reception was today and it turned out well in spite of the weather. We had a large canopy between cottages 1 and 2 and we had all 3 cottages open for guests to go in and warm themselves in the living rooms by the gas stoves.

May 30: It was sunny, highs made it into the 60's, and Lake Superior had 6" waves coming straight in from the SSE. There was a light streak about 80-100ft out in the lake. Our guests speculated that that the waves coming in were interacting with the undertow going out. They observed that the water fowl and the debris in the lake seemed to congregate along this line.

May 29: It was a great night for a fire. Lake Superior was calm and highs today made it to the low 60's. By nightfall we had slipped back into the upper 40's and the fire felt so good. We watched the planets come out one by one but got too tired to watch the stars.

May 28: It was cold overnight and stayed cool along the lake not getting past the low 50's today. We traveled to Duluth today and got to see the sight of the shore in Duluth near the lift bridge covered with ice that drifted in from the lake. In the boreal forest the aspens are starting to turn the light green we are familiar with as a sign of spring. The ferns are popping up their fiddle heads on the forest floor.

May 27: Temperatures went down a notch today with highs in the 50's along Lake Superior. We had a clear blue calm lake. There were 3-4 layers in the lake today with distinctly different colors and textures for each band. One band was a thin white band the drifted from the east to the west about a half mile out. Do I dare think that it may have been ice? We had a highly textured band near the shore and a pale blue glass band further out. The gooseberries are blossoming and the thimbleberries are rapidly coming up out of the ground.

May 26: We had sunny skies with wispy high clouds passing by occasionally in Croftville today. Lake Superior had 6" waves from the SSE with a blue textured surface and silver highlights. It was hot by North Shore standards and may have got close to 80. The birch are now leafing out and the aspen should not be far behind. I noticed the lilacs are budding.

May 25: It was another beautiful day in Croftville along Lake Superior. The lake was calm and a pale sky blue once again. There were many mirages out on the lake to confuse our guests. "No, you cannot see the south shore from here." Temperatures were once again in the 60's. Overnight the balsam aspen began budding.

May 24: Wow. Sun all day. Highs in the 60's. The birch trees are budding. Lake Superior is pale blue glass. As evening came fog developed over the lake and gradually blended the sky with the horizon.

May 23: Lake Superior was calm and a pale sky blue. The sun and the moisture rising off the lake created mirages. 5 Mile Rock appeared to be floating above the lake for example. We had a mostly sunny day and certainly the warmest day we have had along the shore this year. Temps were in the upper 50's and perhaps even the low 60's. However, cold breezes off the lake reminded us where we are.

May 22: It was a beautiful spring day today. We had a decent amount of sun. Lake Superior was blue and calm with a textured surface. There where lots of mirages out near the horizon. Sometimes I could swear I was seeing an ice shelf out there but than 5 minutes later it would be gone. Temps were in the 50's with pockets of heat when the sun would come out and then pockets of cold when the breeze would catch us off the lake.

May 21: The birch are budding, the honeysuckles are budding, but the aspen still do not have buds here in Grand Marais. We traveled to Duluth today for Joey's last track meet. The aspens are now budding in Two Harbors so it shouldn't be much longer before it gets to Grand Marais. There were beautiful skies but those stunning cloud formations also produced pockets of rain showers. It was warm when the sun was out but quickly dropped back into the low 50's as soon as the shade began. Duluth still has a considerable amount of ice near the harbor.

May 20: It rained all night. Then it was fog and mist until 2:30 this afternoon. You could feel when a small gust of wind would break the mist with a belt of cold air off the lake. In many ways it almost felt like a summer day except nothing except the gooseberries have leafed out yet. Temperatures were in the low 50's. Lake Superior could barely be seen through the fog. It had 1ft gray waves from the south.

May 19: Lake Superior is metallic gray today with 1-2ft waves from the SE. Skies are partly overcast. Temperatures have held right under 50 for most of the day.

May 18: Partly overcast skies and light rain changed into partly cloudy skies by lat afternoon here in Croftville. Temperatures were in the 50's. Lake Superior was calm and pale blue. We could hear a chorus of loons out on the lake most of the afternoon.

May 17: The gooseberries have now leafed out. They are usually the first to do so. The elderberries should not be far behind. It was another cold night last night but temps have quickly rebounded into the 40's. Lake Superior has smooth 6" to 1ft waves from the SSE. The skies are partly sunny and the lake is a light sky blue.

May 16: It was cold again today. It got down to 31 overnight and just made it into the low 40's for the day. We had snow flurries coming down in the late morning. Lake Superior is calm today with an almost greenish gray glass appearance. Skies were lightly overcast.

May 15: The cold temperatures continue with a high only in the low 40's. Lake Superior has only 6" smooth waves today I think from the SSE. Skies are partly cloudy and the lake is a striking blue except near the shore where it is a reddish brown. The birds are everywhere and driving our cat crazy with their singing.

May 14: They were predicting rain today but it never happened and we even had sun much of the day. It was cold with temperatures in the 30's and 40's. Lake Superior still had some ice chunks washing up on shore this morning. There is a lot of debris in the water from Devil Track River runoff. The lake has the brown band near the shore and then turns to a greenish blue out to the horizon. Waves are only 1ft from the SE today.

May 13: Wow, another heavy rain last night. You could hear the waves building through the night. In the morning we had 3-4ft waves from the ESE. Skies are partly cloudy and temperatures hovered in the 40's and 50's. Ice began drifting up on shore today. It is quite remarkable to have ice chunks building up on shore in the middle of May.

May 12: A light rain fell all day long in Croftville. Winds were brisk and the waves were 2-3ft with many whitecaps from the ESE. A couple large ice shelves past us by this morning, the one was not more than a quarter mile from shore. Later smaller chunks that looked like mini icebergs floated past. Lake Superior was gray except near the shore where it was distinctly brown from the runoff. Our guests saw the first hummingbirds of the year outside cottage 3 yesterday. Maybe we are going to get spring afterall.

May 11: We woke up to rain but it turned sunny by mid-morning and was a spectacular day with temps in the low 50's. We had Mother's Day breakfast at Nanabijou and while there saw ice chunks (ranging in size from a motorcycle to a small car) drifting in to the shore. Now we can see the ice shelf out near the horizon that is the source of the ice. It is moving towards us, it will be interesting to see if it makes it to the Croftville shore by morning. Lake Superior is a deep sky blue with whitecaps from the SE except near the shore where it has some browns and green tints in it.

May 10: I can't think of the last time we had a totally sunny day here in Croftville. It was sunny when we woke up, there were clear skies all day long, and we plan to watch the sun go down with our first outdoor fire tonight. Lake Superior is a marine blue with silver highlight and green shadows. We have 1ft waves coming sraight from the SSE.

May 9: It was drizzle and overcast all day long until late afternoon when the sun decided to peak out for awhile. Temperatures are in the 40's and 50's. Lake Superior had an unusual amount of tree debris floating in it today. It must be runoff from Devil Track River after the huge thunder storm on Wednesday night.

May 8: There was an amazing thunder/lightning storm last night. I am not sure how much rain we got but it sounded like several inches while listening to it from bed. The entire area was fog today all day long. We could hear the fog horn from the Grand Marais harbor here in Croftville. Temperatures stayed in the low 40's and the rain has wiped out almost all the snow now. We still have small piles on the north side of the cottages and snow down on the rocks.

May 7: There is a storm brewing. We had light rain and overcast skies today but you can sense that something more is on the way. Waves are picking up this afternoon and are now 2-3ft. Temps are once again in the 40's.

May 6: It was another day of overcast skies and a little drizzle here in Croftville. Lake Superior was gray and fairly calm. Lots of birds out on the lake.

May 5: We had overcast skies, temps in the 40's, and a gray Lake Superior with 1-2ft waves today.

May 4: It was a beautiful spring day along Lake Superior. It was mostly sunny, temps in the 40's and 50's, and the birds were going crazy. Lake Superior was a deep blue with silver highlights on the crests of the 1ft waves from the SE.

May 3: Teresa saw 2 loons in some sort of mating ritual on the lake today. I have heard that the reason there are so many of all sorts of birds along the shore right now is that they are waiting for the ice to go out and the snow recede around the inland lakes. Temperatures are in the 40's today and we saw the sun for about 5 minutes this afternoon. Skies are overcast and gray with light rain and drizzle coming down about half the time. Lake Superior is gray and mostly calm.

May 2: You can see the brown band of runoff water along the perimeter of Lake Superior today. Further out is the characteristic metallic gray that you see on overcast days. The lake has 1-2ft waves from the SE. Temperatures are in the 40's and we have intermittent rain showers coming down.

May 1: With the arrival of May in the boreal forest those of us living here hopes that might also mean the end of winter. Most of the snow has now disappeared. The exceptions are down on the shore which still have the large ice ridges built up over the winter. The north sides of buildings also have a lot of snow especially buildings that had to be shoveled out leaving huge piles on either side of the driveways and sidewalks. And of course there is a lot of snow left in heavily wooded areas that have not allowed the sun to get in and do its snow melting magic. Temperatures hovered in the 40's today with overcast skies and a fairly calm and gray Lake Superior. Teresa said she saw at least 4 ore freighters passing by today.

April
2014

Apr 30: Skies over Lake Superior today are overcast leaving the lake a bluish gray except near the shore where it is a brownish gray. Lake Superior has 1-2ft waves from the SE. Skies are light gray and for the first time in several days the wind is light as well. Temperatures have stayed in the low 40's and we have had drizzle and light rain scattered throughout the day.

Apr 29: Strond winds continued throughout the day once again in Croftville. There were many ore freighters and coast guard ships that moved by today. Lake Superior was turbulent also powered by the strong winds. 3-4ft gray waves with whitecaps could be seen all the way out. Temperatures roller coastered from low 30's to high 40's throughout the day. Rain and a snow-rain mix fell depending on the temperature.

Apr 28: No rain like they predicted today. No snow like they predicted today. No cold temps like they predicted today. What we have is wind. Strong wind that knocks you off your feet is you get off balance. It is driving 3-4ft waves with whitecaps from the SE. And it is unrelenting. Temps in Croftville are in the upper 40's and the skies are overcast.

Apr 27: We arrived back in Grand Marais this afternoon after driving through heavy rain and strong winds all day from Northfield. The rain stopped in Cloquet and we found partly overcast skies, strong winds and temperatures in the low 40's here in Croftville. Lake Superior is speckled with whitecaps from the ESE. The waves are 3ft, aqua blue, and loud with an undulating ice slurry near the shore.

Apr 26: We were away from Lake Superior today visiting Saint Olaf College with our son, Joey. It was interesting to walk and drive through the hardwood wooded areas in southern Minnesota. At this time of the year you can pretty much hike through these forests in any direction you want without coming across any severe obstacles. How different our boreal forest is with its rock outcroppings, thickets, and gorges that constantly restrict your way.

Apr 25: We left for Saint Olaf College in Northfield at 6:00am this morning but before that could happen we first had to shovel out 6" of wet sloppy snow to get out of the driveway while it was still coming down hard. Of course Croftville Road wasn't plowed yet but the surprise was that the last 14 miles of Highway 61 wasn't plowed on the west end of the county. By the time we got to Duluth there was only 2" of accumulated snow and not far past that the highways were dry. 350 miles away from Croftville at Saint Olaf we found near 70 degrees and green grass. We heard that Grand Marais ended up with 8-10 inches of the white stuff.

Apr 24: The winter storm did not hit until 2:30pm. And hit is the right word. We had only about 5-10 minutes of mist and light snow before winds picked up and the snow was coming down heavy. It has continued to 10pm with no signs of stopping. Temperatures are hovering around freezing and we now have about 4 inches of very wet sloppy snow on the ground. Only one week left in April and it still looks like winter.

Apr 23: Lake Superior is glass this morning. It is a pale blue that matches the pale blue sky at the horizon. There is also a haze near the horizon which makes a seamless transition between the sky and the lake. Here in Croftville we have clear blue skies and sun. It is already 50 at 10am which is much warmer than all day yesterday. Out on the lake we have 2 freighters and 2 small ducks that are keeping us amused.

Apr 22: It was a bit colder today with highs getting into the mid 40's. However, there was plenty of sun to warm you up and the wind didn't pick up until late afternoon. Lake Superior had a deep blue surface with silver highlights on its textured surface but no discernable direction for the waves. I saw a few patches of smooth water which might indicate sheets of melting ice.

Apr 21: It was a beautiful spring afternoon here in Croftville. Blue skies, a blue lake, gentle breeze, and warm sun. There was a little rain this morning and the winds really picked up at sunset but that couldn't take away the joy of being outside on a springlike day.

Apr 20: Happy Easter! It looks and feels like spring outside. The remnants of yesterday's storm should be melted by the end of the day and then we can go back to melting the winter's snow pack. Temps in the 40's and 50's and mostly sunny skies. Lake Superior has a textured light blue surface with navy shadows and silver highlights. There is a thin strip of haze at the horizon.

Apr 19: And winter slaps us in the face once again in Croftville. I am not sure where this came from but it started with 3 inches of wet snow followed by sleet and freezing rain. Eventually we were just left with rain by noon. I decided that with the temperatures in the 40's I am going to not shovel and let it melt.

Apr 18: Lake Superior was a pale blue this morning with only ripples on its surface. You could see a few ice cube slurries in spots. Temperatures were mostly in the 40's today with sun that is making slush out of yesterday's snow. Saw a couple bald eagles fly by, probably to sit in the nearby broken spruce which seems to be a favorite of theirs.

Apr 17: Croftville woke up to 4 inches of wet snow and by noon when I thought it was going to end we had 6 inches. But it is now 3pm and snowing heavy once again. However, the temperature is 42 down by the lake and most of this stuff falling now is melting. Lake Superior has a brown band of water for the first 100ft from shore. It could be from runoff from the melting of snow this week or it could be from the huge waves I could hear last night churning the bed of the lake up. The rest of Lake Superior has a greenish blue tint to it with much smaller 2ft waves from the SE.

Apr 16: There is a winter storm on the way and you can see it approaching from the south. The good news is that it is very slow moving and didn't reach us until 4pm even though it was in Duluth this morning at 8am. Lake Superior had 3ft gray waves from the SE with a healthy amount of whitecaps. The winds were strong all day long off the lake. Skies were overcast and temperatures were in the 20's and 30's. Apr 15: It was another cold day in Croftville. It started in the teens and temperatures fluctuated up and down through the day eventually getting just above freezing in the sun. Lake Superior was calm in the morning but the strong winds finally got the waves going. We had 3ft deep blue waves with whitecaps from the south.

Apr 14: It was cold, mostly sunny, and with occasionally strong gusts of wind in Croftville today. Lake Superior had small waves and ice slurries in places. It is almost like the waves corral up the ice into isolated regions. There are no longer any large chunks of ice visible any more. It was strange having below freezing temperatures after having so many thawing days this past week.

Apr 13: Lake Superior is calm and a grayish blue with no ice visible on it. Temperatures hovered in the 30's and 40's and once in awhile the sun would almost come out. It was a nice day to be outdoors. Only some sunshine could have made it better.

Apr 12: I woke up to strong winds and 2-3ft waves from the SE. All day was overcast, temperatures started in the 40's and dropped into the 30's. We had a little rain. We had a little snow.

Apr 11: Came back today from Brainerd and Minneapolis. I am amazed how "built up" the Brainerd area is. Brainerd is beautiful with its mixture of pines, birch, and oak and its lakes. I can see why it is a popular resort area. But I would be hard pressed to call it a wilderness. Having lived in Grand Marais for over 10 years, I really miss the boreal forest even for a day. On our return, Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the SE. I could see that it had been another warm day here and we lost more of our snow.

Apr 10: No more calm Lake Superior today! We have sky blue 2ft waves with navy shadows from the SSW. Farther out there are many whitecaps and no sign of ice on the lake today. There is a powerful wind blowing off the lake that kept blowing my heavy construction tools right off the floor trusses. Temps are in the 50's and we have clear blue sunny skies.

Apr 9: There was not much sun today in Croftville. However, we woke up to 40 degrees and the 40's is where temperatures stayed for the day. The prediction was for rain tonight but instead we got light sleet and snow during the day. Lake Superior is still completely calm. We have open water as far as we can see with pockets if ice slurries.

Apr 8: Lake Superior is completely still yet again. The ice chunks are still there but fewer. It is a beautiful spring-like day and mostly sunny. Temperatures are in the 40's and almost feel like 50. The tops of the benches around the fire circle for Cottage 2 showed up today with the melting snow.

Apr 7: Temperatures started in the 30's and worked their way into the 40's on a day of light rain. No one was predicting rain but it hung around all day. Lake Superior is a light gray against a light gray horizon. Patches of open water where a little darker and patches of ice chunks were a bit lighter. Lake Superior is completely still and as near as I can tell there is no breeze either. The rain is doing its part in melting the snow.

Apr 6: Lake Superior was completely still all day long. The surface was a combination of open water, chunks, and thin layers of fresh ice holding them together. We had rain most of the morning, overcast skies for the afternoon, and temperatures in the 30's and 40's.

Apr 5: Lake Superior was calm and still today. There was open water, ice chunks, and fresh thin ice tieing it all together here in Croftville. As we traveled to Duluth today we saw more and more ice on the shore and by the time we got to Beaver Bay the ice was packed solid. Returnng home at sunset we saw the first real evidence that the sun has been working on melting our snow pack. The gravel shoulders on Croftville Road were completely visible on the north side of the road.

Apr 4: The winter storm finally hit about 7:00pm last night. By morning there was 4 inches of fresh heavy snow on the ground. By the time it ended about 11am we had 6-7 inches of the stuff. We got lucky, I heard that Duluth had 14". When the storm ended it warmed up into the 30's and 40's and even had partly sunny skies. That fresh snow was backbreaking slush by the time we were finished shoveling out. Lake Superior had bands of churned up ice between bands of open water. The lake was quite turbulent but different bands on the lake seemed to be moving in different directions. Occasionally larger sheets of ice could be seen like floating islands drifting by.

Apr 3: They are predicting a winter storm to hit but it never got to us today. Lake Superior, however, showed all the signs of the impending storm. Strong winds, a violent looking lake with 2-3ft waves. There were also lots of whitecaps that would throw chunks of ice into the air. The lake was an aquamarine blue. Ice of all types was visible. The skies were dark and overcast with temperatures in the 30's but feeling quite a bit colder in that wind.

Apr 2: It was a nice day out with sun and temps reaching the 40's. Lake Superior was calm and broken ice was visible everywhere on the lake. It felt good to feel the sun's warmth working on melting at least some of this snow.

Apr 1: The new month brought us an old and not very welcome guest, snow. There wasn't a lot of snow that came down, maybe only 2 inches. However, the gale winds forced that snow around everywhere in classic southern Minnesota blizzard fashion. What I could see of Lake Superior was an ice slurry and 2ft waves. You could watch the gusts buffet the surface of the lake and momentarily subdue the waves the way your hand can smooth out a wrinkled sheet on your bed. Temperatures started the day around freezing and quickly fell into the teens where they remained.

March
2014

Mar 31: There was a little sun when we woke up but that was gone by 10am. Then the winds picked up, and the waves began moving, breaking, and churning the ice on Lake Superior. Rain began to fall at 2pm and soon changed to freezing rain. It did not freeze overnight and stayed near 40. Those temperatures began to recede by mid afternoon and hover right around freezing.

Mar 30: Lake Superior is once again completely still today. There are no real bands of anything out on the lake. It is just a jumble together soup of ice shelves, open water, broken up ice, and small sheets of ice and snow all the way to the horizon. Temperatures already hit the upper 40's by noon.

Mar 29: Lake Superior was completely still yesterday. We had ice for the first hundred yards followed by open blue water for another half mile or so. After that, it was a solid ice shelf as far as I could see. The weather was mostly sunny and warm with temperatures in the 30's.

Mar 28: We saw another Coast Guard ice breaker go by last night. Today, most of the ice was gone with only about 200ft of stacked ice piled upon itself by the shore. The lake had a very textured surface which I think is caused by all the small pieces of ice in the water. Lake Superior was a deep blue this morning with sunny skies overhead. The sun warmed the temperatures into the 30's and it may have hit the low 40's this afternoon.

Mar 27: Overnight the broken up sheets of ice covered with the fresh falling snow moved into shore. There is ice and snow on the lake as far as I can see. What a difference a night can make. With the falling snow the temperatures stayed near freezing overnight. We have moderate snow coming down and have so far accumulated about 2" by 11:00am.

Mar 26: We watched an ore freighter sit out in front of us with its lights on all night. This morning we watched it turn around. I think it may be stuck in the ice, having mechanical problems, or is waiting for one of those ice breaker led convoys. Sure enough 4 other ships showed up, 3 of them coast guard ice breakers and the other a freighter. The freighter that was sitting here then took off and followed the ice breakers. Lake Superior has open water out as far as we can see. The freighter was out about 8-9 miles. Lake Superior has a brisk wind off of it today. Temperatures started 1 degree below zero this morning but has steadily risen into the low 30's. We had partly overcast skies most of the day and snow began coming down around 4pm.

Mar 25: I wasn't going to look at another below zero morning so I didn't go to the office until 8:30 this morning and by then it was 2 above. We traveled to Duluth for the day and temperatures didn't manage to see the 20's until late in the day. We had mostly clear skies and plenty of sun. There was more ice along the shore than we have in Croftville as we went further southwest to Duluth. The open water on Superior was a deep sky blue.

Mar 24: Well, I didn't sleep in this morning and I should have. The temperature at 7:00am was 1 below here at Croftville Road Cottages. That is really unheard of for this time of year. At least it was a sunny day and the temps rose into the 20's. Lake Superior was completely calm this morning but eventually the wind generated 1-2ft waves from the SSW. Although we had open water pretty much as far as we could see. We could see the sun reflecting off large ice pressure ridges out on the lake. Teresa said she was able to spot one freighter today that was part of the convoy heading across Lake Superior.

Mar 23: Lake Superior is still open water as far as I can see. We have 2ft waves from the south today which has curned up a little ice along the shore into a watery slurry. The day started at zero degrees. It may have been below zero but I slept in and didn't get to the office and the thermometer until 8:30 this morning. Ignorance is bliss, since I didn't see it then it didn't happen. Who would believe below zero readings on March 23rd anyway. There was lots of sun and temperatures managed to get into the mid 20's.

Mar 22: There was a lot of noise last night. When I went outside to check it out I thought it was the wind which was blowing hard. However, when I woke up this morning I saw that it had been much more than the wind. All that was left of the ice near the shore were some scattered chunks and they drifted out from shore by 10am leaving a wdie open clear Lake Superior as far as I can see. Lake Superior has a rippled surface with light sky blue highlights and navy blue shadows against a robin's egg blue horizon. We have clear skies and temprautres rose from the single digits to the 20's.

Mar 21: Temperatures are in the 30's. A winter storm hit at 11:00am. Snow continued through the day and had acculmulated 4" a sticky snow by nightfall when it finally tapered off. I guess it is back to shoveling mode once again. Lake Superior became a uniform white blanket as the snow fell and no open water could be seen. They say they are planning on forming an ore freighter convoy with a coast guard ice breaker to lead the way out of Duluth tomorrow.

Mar 20: There was not very much sun today, but there was a little and when it was out it was beautiful for the vernal equinox. Temps rose in the 30's and 40's and it was a good day to be outdoors. Lake Superior has an open water band about a mile out. Everywhere else we have ice that has been covered by our snow from a couple days ago.

Mar 19: That big winter storm finally glanced us this morning with heavy snow at times but only 1-2" of accumulation. Temperatures started in the 20's but got to the 40's this afternoon. I had to shovel all afternoon but that wasn't too bad. I am still so thankful that the brunt of the storm missed us. Lake Superior is completely white except for a dark blue narrow band of water about a mile out.

Mar 18: The snow they kept predicting didn't seem to get any further north than Duluth. I am so thankful since I really don't care to shovel 6-12" of heavy wet snow. Temperatures stayed in the 20's and 30's. Lake Superior is white as far as the eyes can see except for the baby blue ice shards that are stacked near the shore.

Mar 17: Falling snow is back. We woke to 3" of fluffy stuff this morning and it looks like the snow is to continue through today and tomorrow. Temperatures have moderated into the 20's. Lake Superior is a white blanket snow with blotches of bare ice where the wind has blown they new snow away.

Mar 16: Temperatures sunk back down to 2 below this morning on the lake. For March 16, below zero temperatures down by the lake is quite unusual. I thought the dip to 1 below a few days ago would be the last subzero temps we would see here but once again I am wrong. The sun was out all day and we just managed to get to 30 in the late afternoon. Lake Superior looked still again but we could hear the shifting ice all day long. There was very little open water today with pools of water being created only to swallowed up by ice an hour later.

Mar 15: Beware of the Ides of March! I thought it was going to be a good day with the sun shining and a starting temp of 8 degrees this morning. However, in spite of the sun it would just not get beyond the 20's today and when the sun disappered in the afternoon and the wind picked up, it was outright cold. Lake Superior was once again completely still. We had a half mile of tightly packed ice near the shore the shore that refroze into a solid piece. We had about a half mile of blackish blue open water past that. And we had white shelf ice beyond that to the horizon.

Mar 14: Rain this morning, sleet late this afternoon, probably a little snow tonight. The completely still Lake Superior has 3 bands today. The first band is tightly packed chunks of ice for about a quarter mile. The next band is dark bluish gray band of open water for a half mile. The final band is white shelf ice as far as I can see to the horizon. Last night there were amazing reflections of the moon off the shelf ice (probably pressure ridges) out several miles. The lights were unusually bright and looked like frieghters all lit up out on the lake. I wonder how long it will be before there are real freighters out there? I heard the the ice breakers are working down by the Duluth harbor.

Mar 13: Lake Superior is completely still which isn't surprising considering that the tightly packed floating ice chunks all became interconnected with a new thin coat of ice overnight. The only open water I could see in the morning was a couple small open patches about a half mile out. Later in the day the ice split creating an open band of water about a quarter mile out. The day started cold and windy but the sun came out later and temperatures finally made it out of the teens and briefly into the 40's.

Mar 12: Ouch! It was back to 1 below this morning in Croftville. However, the sun burned off the morning overcast skies and we managed to climb into the 30's in the afternoon. Lake Superior is quite still with a mixture of open water, broken up ice, and shelf ice. As the shelf ice moves in and out from the shore the band of open water changes size. Some of the broken ice is really thick with the chunks taking on that distinctive blue color.

Mar 11: Not quite as warm as yesterday but it still got into the 40's once the sun burned off the overcast skies. Lake Superior was calmer today but was still a brilliant blue. There is virtually no ice attached to the shore but there is plenty piled up in drifts on the beach. Chunks of ice meandered by throughout the day but the big ice shelf is out probably about a mile or more.

Mar 10: What an amazing day. Yesterday was the first time we saw 40 since November and 1 day later we made it to the low 50's. The snow really was melting today but the weather is propbably just setting us up for another fall into winter. Lake Superior was a deep blue against the sunny and clear skies. The shelf ice could be seen about a half mile off shore. Waves were 2ft from the SW and once again really churning up the broken ice nearer to shore. There was a strong current moving that ice to the east.

Mar 9: Temperatures made it into the 40's today with plenty of sun. I am not sure the last time we saw these temperatures but I am guessing early November. Lake Superior was dark blue and we had open water for at least the first mile out today before you could see the ice shelf. We had 2ft waves today from the SW which really churned up the ice. You could watch the ice flow eastward along the shore.

Mar 8: We woke up to ice as far as we could see in Croftville this morning. Temperatures dropped to 4 degrees last night but the partly sunny skies are quickly warming us up. The reflection of the sun off the ice is blinding. Along our beach there is considerable stacked ice from the shelf being pushed into the shore. I am really looking forward to the warmer temperatures that are being predicted.

Mar 7: We had a couple inches of fresh snow last night. Just enough to shovel once again. Lake Superior was still ice as far as you could see. The fresh white snow set off the bluish hue of the stacked ice and pressure ridges on the lake. Temperatures started in the 20's and rose into the upper 30's in spite of overcast skies. By afternoon the ice split a couple hundred yards out and the resulting open water began to widen until dark.

Mar 6: I could see no open water at all today. Ice was visible as far as my eyes could see out to the horizon complete with pressure ridges and snow coverings. Temperatures stayed above zero and ranged from single digits to the upper 20's. There were signs of melting on the roofs, asphalt, and trusses.

Mar 5: It was a beautiful sunny day in Croftville and temperatures managed the 20's by afternoon. Lake Superor overnight was making ice noises and we woke up to open water except for a 100ft shelf of ice next to the shore. There was a considerable amount of ice stacked on the shore which explains the noise during the night. By afternoon I could see a large shelf of ice making its way towards us in the bright blue water. By suppertime it was closing and filling in the open water leaving only pockets here and there. By dark, there was no open water left and the sound of the ice pushing against itself and the shore intensified.

Mar 4: Yesterday afternoon the waves picked up. They broke up and pushed on the shore all but the last 100 feet of ice against the shore. Today the sun was out all day and you could feel its power. There was melting on the asphalt of Croftville Road and the temperatures quickly rose into the 20's where they sat all day. Lake Superior was a deep blue in the open water band that sat between the small ice shelf against the shore and the much larger ice that could be seen out near the horizon.

Mar 3: It was 15 below this morning but the clear blue skies allowed the sun to warm us up quickly into the 20's by 11am. Lake Superior has dark blue open water with small waves from the south. The sun quickly burned off the fog hovering over the open water early from the cold. The is a 150 yard ice shelf with a light dusting of snow on top of it pushed against the shore. It is fun to look and follow the cracks in the shelf and imagine traversing out there and examining each one.

Mar 2: We returned from Minneapolis to Lake Superior this afternoon. Being away for almost 3 days resets my perspective. Driving up along Superior the excitement of driving north returned. I thought about the tremendous sense of awe and anticipation that I always felt on Highway 61 on my way to my vacation. It was still cold with below zero temperatures following us all the way. Somewhere along the shore we finally hit 1 degree above in the afternoon. Lake Superior was solid ice until we got to Knife River. After that we could see open water and a modest ice shelf along the shore.

Mar 1: We are away from Croftville all day today. It was so odd to watch people's reaction when they heard where we were from. They all wanted to hear about our winter, which is strange since everyone seems to have lost their patience with this long season. Maybe it is comforting to hear stories to know that as bad as the winter has been in the twin cities, it can be worse. Or maybe people are just extra empathetic because of their own struggles with this winter. I prefer to believe the latter.

February
2014

Feb 28: As we left Croftville Road Cottages for a weekend at Augsburg College, I could hear the ice crinkling as it was pushing its way up onto the shore. Although it was pitch dark I could see it happening. The temperature actually warmed up overnight and was 1 above. But as we drove down the shore we watched the temperature continue to retreat and by the time we were in Duluth it was 9 below.

Feb 27: What is the point of talking about anything but the temperature on a day like today. It was 19 below zero this morning. In spite of clear skies, all we could manage was 4 above this afternoon before plummeting back below zero by late afternoon. Lake Superior was calm and thin sheets of ice were forming all day on the bluish black surface.

Feb 26: The temperature was 11 below this morning on the lake. The afternoon high was 12. Lake Superior has small 6" waves from the south and open water as far as we can see. Every once in a while a small chunk of floating ice passes by.

Feb 25: Last week I felt like spring was not far away but today it feels like winter with no end in sight. It is cloud with temperautres ranging from 5 below to 15 above. We have a wind that makes your teeth shutter. The skies are gray and overcast with flurries. Lake Superior is calm and gray with a little ice moving around. Spring, are you out there somewhere?

Feb 24: I can see the ice way off in the distance but nothing but open water near the shore. Lake Superior is a grayish dark blue and calm. Skies are partly cloudy and the temperatures ranged from just below zero into the low 20's. Feb 23: Highs in the low 20's, a low in the single digits, and a nasty cold wind off the hill describes our weather in Croftville today. Skies were mostly sunny and Lake Superior was mostly calm and blue with isolated chunks of ice passing by occasionally.

Feb 22: It was colder today with a low near zero and a high just above 20. The big news is watching the ice shelf break off piece by piece and be undertowed out into the open water. By midafternoon the entire ice shelf that spread was a good quarter mile out this morning was entirely gone. The other extraordinary thing about this was there were virtually no waves eating away at it. Chunks just broke off like small floating islands and just headed out to open water.

Feb 21: The snow started at 8pm last night and this morning we woke up to 10 inches of fresh snow and heavy snow still coming down. By the time the heavy snow ended about 10am we had at least 12 inches of snow from this storm. The ice shelf on Lake Superior is still about a quarter mile to open water. The open water then continues for several miles until more ice can be seen further out. The open water is a dark metallic gray against the snow sitting on the ice. Winds began picking up around noon and temperatures slowly began to fall from the 30's we had this morning.

Feb 20: The day started at 25 and soon rose into the 30's. Snow is on the way and all of Minnesota is preparing and bracing for yet another dumping on us. I am just trying to get the rest of the last snow shoveled out of the basement for the inn so it won't be so much work to shovel out the coming 6-12 inches. Skies are clear blue to the north and gray to the south. I guess I know which direction the storm is coming from.

Feb 19: The ice shelf separated during the night leaving an open water 100 yard gap in the ice about a quater mile from shore. This gap widened during the day and a visible current moved ice in the channel to the east. This river was a brilliant blue with just a bit of purple in it against the blazing white snow on the ice. We had full sun for most of the day and temperatures made it into the upper 30's by early afternoon before overcast skies began to cool things off.

Feb 18: It is a beautiful partly sunny day starting at 20 degrees and moving into the upper 30's. I cannot remember the last time it was this warm but my guess is mid November. We have not had a genuine thaw since the snow came down at Thanksgiving. Lake Superior is blazing white with snow covered ice and pressure ridges as far as I can see. There is not a sound coming from the lake. It feels so good to be out in the warmth (even though it is for shoveling.)

Feb 17: Well, we got rid of the cold, it was 15 degrees this morning and made its way to near freezing this afternoon. Now we just need to do something about the snow. It started snowing just before dawn and didn't quit snowing until after dark. That left us with another 6-8" of fresh snow here in Croftville. I shoveled for awhile this afternoon and tomorrow I will spend all day shoveling out once again. My snow blower can no longer throw the snow high enough to get above the piles so it will be all hand shoveling for whatever remains of the winter. Considering that last year we had a blizzard in the first week of May, what remains of winter could be a great deal more than I would like. The ice flows on Lake Superior have packed themselve tight to the shore as far out as I can see. I wouldn't be surprised if the ice stays for awhile. There was no sound of moving ice on the lake today.

Feb 16: Once again I shoveled snow for most of the day. Temperatures dropped back down to below zero overnight, but the sun is higher in the sky now and warms things up consistently now. Afternoon temperatures reached 20 here by the lake. Lake Superior had ice on it for about a half mile out this morning. Ice pressure ridges could be clearly seen with the snow covering the ice. The ice could also be heard as it pushed up on itself. By late afternoon even more ice had moved in. As the moon (just past full) rose through the slightly overcast sky, one could see a penumbra surrounding it.

Feb 15: I was looking forward to a restful weekend day after all the shoveling that had to be done. Silly me, the "up to 1" of accumulation" turned into 6" of fresh snow down here along the lake. Lake Superior as far out as I could see was 80% ice today. The ice of course was easy to spot with the fresh snow sitting on top of it. Temperatures made there way into the low teens. Snow has finally tapered off by nightfall, looks like there will be plenty of shoveling tomorrow.

Feb 14: I spent all day shoveling out from the 4" of fresh snow yesterday. Lake Superior is mostly calm with some ice flows moving in and then being pulled out. Temperatures were much colder today staying in the single digits once it warmed up.

Feb 13: Croftville has been deluged with wind, waves, and snow today. The waves continued until they managed to push large broken sheets of ice up near the shore. Once that happened the waves ended. The snow is traveling mostyl horizontal in the wind. Temperatures have been in the 20's since shortly after sunrise.

Feb 12: The waves picked up last night in Croftville. We woke up to find that the waves had pushed loose ice up onto the shore. There was also considerable chunks of ice in the water that gradually were pulled away through the day. The biggest surprise was a pleasant sunny day in the low 20's after getting about an inch of fresh snow last night. One almost dared to think that maybe this nasty run of cold weather might really be over. Lake Superior was a pure blue today with a rippled twinkling surface from the broken ice in it.
Feb 11: There was a clear horizon and only 3 below today. We had a striking red sunrise that rose quickly behind low lying clouds. Lake Superior is a grayish blue and calm with visible ice chunks floating on the surface. Temperatures are expected to get into the 20's today with partly cloudy skies.

Feb 10: The cold is still here in Croftville this morning. Lake Superior is still with a bluish silver surface that turned seamlessly into a gray mist and then low hanging white clouds that were lit up by the rising sun behind them. I can once again hear the tinkling ice as it touches the shore.

Feb 9: With the wind chill, this was one of the coldest days of the winter. Temperatures ranged from 15 below to 5 above but the strong winds off the hill made it much colder. Lake Superior was calm. Ice sheets could be seen out on the lake and broken ice could be heard tinkling as it brushed up against the shore.

Feb 8: Croftville had snow flurries and overcast skies most of the day. Lake Superior was calm and ice was visible away from the shore a mile or two. Temperatures ranged from zero to 20.

Feb 7: Lake Superior had 2ft waves from the SSW today. The lake was a piercing blue against a beautiful white cloudbank over the lake. It was clear skies everywhere else. Temps started at 8 below and made it into the low teens.

Feb 6: It was a beautiful early morning. We had low white clouds over the lake that were lit up from behind by the sun. The cold start at 10 below had prodigeous amounts of a grat steam rising off the surface of the blue rippled lake. The broken up ice was tinkling on the 1ft waves from the south. Everywhere else we had clear blue skies.

Feb 5: Croftville had clear skies, a blue lake, strong breezes, and temperatures that stubbornly will not get out of the teens.

Feb 4: Temperatures ranged from zero into the teens today. Skies were sometimes clear and sometimes lightly overcast. Lake Superior had a deep blue rippled surface and was free of ice as far as we can see out, but I suspect there is an ice shelf out there that we cannot see being so close to the surface of the lake.

Feb 3: We had an unexpected thaw along the lake this afternoon with temperatures making it to 33 in the bright sun. That is the first (albeit brief) thaw we have had in 2014. Lake Superior was a deep blue with a rippled surface and 1ft waves from the south.

Feb 2: Shoveling was the first order of business on Croftville Road today after getting 2-3 inches of light fluffy snow yesterday. It was a cold day but, sunny. You can now tell that the sun is stronger in the sky and has greater capacity to warm things up. Although the groundhog clearly saw his shadow today even with the proverbial 6 weeks more of winter, we can feel that these bitterly cold days are finally coming to an end.

Feb 1: On what was supposed to be a cold day, we have a surprisingly pleasant winter day waking up to 10 degrees and moving quickly into the 20's with light snow. Lake Superior is a dull gray and calm. Ice sheets can be seen floating out on the lake. There is no horizon line as the gray lake melds into the gray overcast sky.

January
2014

Jan 31: It was cold today starting at 16 below this morning and rising gradually to 10 above by nightfall. The warmer temperatures came when the cloud cover moved in and light snow began. Lake Superior was a beautilful deep blue this morning with small waves on a rippled surface from the SSW. Sunset on the lake was filled with purples, pinks, and reds in the sky and reflecting off the lake.

Jan 30: There were temperatures in the teens, white clouds over the lake, clear blue skies elsewhere, and a calm bright blue Lake Superior today at Croftville Road Cottages.

Jan 29: At only 6 below this morning it almost felt like a heat wave. Temperatures slowly rose throughout the day and managed the low 20's by dark. It was a mostly clear day and the normal dark cloud over Superior managed to lighten up and even let sunlight through. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves from the south with the spectacular steel blue color that is perhaps my favorite color for the lake set off against the whitcaps and breaking waves.

Jan 28: At 16 below this morning, today is supposed to be the last day of this nasty cold. The dark cloud stood over the lake once again with mist risong into it. The cloud made Lake Superior a dark gray with light gray highlights on its 1-2ft waves from the SSW.

Jan 27: Croftville is back down to 20 below zero this morning with winds that blew hard all night long. Lake Superior has ice froming on it. I can see small sheets, large sheets with snow drifting across them, and broken ice glistening on the lake's rippled surface. The dark cloud has reformed over the lake surface but we have clear blue skies elsewhere. Steam can be seen rising into the cloud. Lake Superior is calm but gusts of wind can be seen running away from the shore.

Jan 26: We had fierce winds today that made the outside not fit for man nor beast. Temperatures ranged from 13 below in the morning to about 4 above in the afternoon down here by the lake but it felt much much colder than that. We had light snow that fell all day long but accumulated less than an inch for the day. Lake Superior and the sky were bright in spite of the snow.

Jan 25: 2-3 inches of snow overnight plus strong winds meant several hours of shoveling this morning. Temperatures hovered down here on the lake in the single digits above and below zero. Superior had 2ft silver blue waves from the SSW.

Jan 24: Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves from the SSW with loud breaking waves and a scattering of whitecaps can be seen. Temperatures have moderated with a morning low of 6 and temperatures rising quickly into the 20's. This is our one day of normal January temperatures before we drop back for another bout of subzero days tomorrow. We have partly cloudy skies that look like snow could fall any minute.

Jan 23: The horrendous winds of yesterday continued through the night and right into today. Morning temperatures started at 18 below and worked its way to single digits by the end of the day. Lake Superior is a dark blue gray refected from the dark purple gray cloud hovering over the lake. Skies elsewhere we mostly clear and blue. Waves picked up after dark and skies became dark adn overcast. The sounds of the breaking waves in the total darkness was eeire.

Jan 22: Today we woke up to 2" of fresh but dense snow. Temperatures dropped back down to 6 below overnight. We also had a visitor overnight. An ice shelf must have drifted into out shore while we slept giving us about 100 yards of ice covered by the fresh snow covering Lake Superior. The rest of the lake is a dark bluish gray with a rippled surface and lots of steam rising off the water. Skies are brightly overcast.

Jan 21: It was 22 below zero this morning on the lake. A dark purplish gray cloud hung low over the surface with heavy mist rising into it. The lake itself was calm and reflected the dark cloud above it. I could see ice forming on the surface. Everywhere except over the lake we had clear blue skies. The bright sun quickly warmed things up and we were at zero by noon. As evening approached a fine snow began to fall and warmed temperatures up even more into the low teens.

Jan 20: The cold temperatures took a little longer than they predicted but they finally got here overnight. We woke up to 6 below. Skies are partly cloudy over the lake and clear everywhere else. This makes for a colorful sunrise with purples, golds, silvers, and blues. Lake Superior is mostly calm with small waves from the SE. The surface is light blue with silver highlights.

Jan 19: Lake Superior is a dark blue gray with 1-2ft rollers from the SSW. Every once in awhile a series of usually 3 larger rollers come in a row that break spectacularly along the shore. The crashing breaks the silence every few minutes. Skies are overcast with occasional flurries and temperatures are in the 20's.They were predicting dropping temperatures this afternoon but it never happened.

Jan 18: With another 2 inches of fresh snow last night, the order of the day in Croftville was shoveling snow and getting our construction site for the inn prepared once again for work. Temperatures were mild, hovering in the teens and 20's. Lake Superior itself had 2ft roller waves from the south with a beautiful cloud filled sky as a backdrop. Once in a while the sun poked through and sunset was a magnificant display of red's oranges, and yellows.

Jan 17: Windy and sunny. Temperatures were between 0-20 for the day but the gusts of wind made it much, much colder. Lake Superior was a dark sky blue and relatively calm. You could watch the gusts of wind travel out on the surface of the lake.

Jan 16: In Croftville it snowed all day long and accumluated perhaps 5-6 new inches since last night. When we woke up this morning the wind from last night had finally subsided but snow was attached to every surface whether it was horizontal or vertical, out in the open or under a porch. The lake was a dark blue gray and calm. By afternoon gusts started to pick up and you could watch the gusts as they propagated out over the surface.

Jan 15: My, how the weather can change through a course of the day on Lake Superior. This morning it was sunny, the lake mostly calm, no wind, and temperatures in the single digits. But at noon the snow clouds overcast the sky, snow began falling, winds began howling, and the calm blue lake started its transformation to a dark gray surface with 4-5ft whitecaps as the temperautres rose into the teens and 20's.

Jan 14: Although it was only 2 above this morning, the day is sunny and temps have risen into the 20's here on the Croftville Road. Lake Superior is mostly calm with a blue and silver rippled surface. The moon is nearly full but the winds and clouds have picked up so I am not sure how visible it will be tonight. Saw just one freighter today, it better hurry with just one day left before the locks close.

Jan 13: We have temperatures in the 30's with overcast skies. Lake Superior is a uniform gray with small roller waves. Skies cleared and the moon came out and lit up the lake and snow. It was so bright that it was almost like daylight with all the reflected light. We saw many freighters today, the last rush before the locks close in Sault Ste. Marie on the 15th.

Jan 12: There is a gray lake with black shadows on a rippled and textured surface. The direction of the 1ft waves is indistinct but my best guess is from the south. Skies are overcast with a light snow/rain/sleet mix. Temperatures are in the 30's.

Jan 11: The wind was less today but we did have snow flurries and overcast skies. Temperatures rose into the low 30's most of the day. The lake had 2-3ft gray rolling waves from the SSW.

Jan 10: Temperatures were in the teens and 20's from the time I got up to the time I went to bed. Lake Superior had 3ft waves from the south this morning and there was a sizable band of maybe 100ft of broken ice sloshing around near the shore. As the day went on, the wave action eventually reabsorbed all the ice. Skies were overcast, the wind was brisk off the lake, and Gitche Gumi was a dark blue gray.

Jan 9: Only 8 below at sunrise this morning, the temperatures are finally getting back to normal and we are hoping to see 20's this afternoon. The sunrise was majestic. It was full of pinks and blues that gradually turned to a warm gold once the sun gained some height in the sky. There is a strong wind from the west that is sailing the rising mist off the lake past us almost as if it were in a wind tunnel. For the first time in a week the dark cloud over Lake Superior has broken away to a pink, blue, and white cloudbank to the east and south. What an awesome sight to wake up to.

Jan 8: And as northern Minnesota finally begins to warm we had only 12 below this morning on the Croftville Road. But the wind coming off the hill fom the north was bracing. The sight of Superior was unusual as the sun rose. Everything was black and white. The lake had black shadows and white highlights on its rippled icy surface. You could watch the wind hit the surface and move away from the shore suppressing the waves. The white mist rising off the surface was pulled by the gusts out into the lake. The sun had punched holes in the cloud over the lake allowing white light through the black cloud. Where the white light hit the broken ice it reflected up into your eyes.

Jan 7: I guess at 18 below this morning we could call this a heat wave. It did get to 1 above briefly this afternoon. Lake Superior was mostly calm with ice forming on its surface. Once again there was plenty of sun except directly over the lake with the rising mist.

Jan 6: It was 26 below this morning but the winds even made it much worse. Lake Superior is mostly still and quite a bit of ice formed overnight. However, as waves began to grow modestly to 2ft rollers from the SSW, the ice began to disppear. Lake Superior was a pleasant blue with mist rising into the white clouds that hang over the lake. We had blue skies and sun everywhere else.

Jan 5: Ouch. 24 below zero here in Croftville this morning. We have clear blue skies everywhere except directly over the lake. The lake has the familiar steam rising into a dark cloud over it. We saw a freighter pass by in the rising mist. One of our guests thought it was a rock formation they had never noticed before. It was eerie tring to decide if you could see the freighter or not within the mist. The lake is light blue with dark navy shadows on a rippled surface with 2ft waves from the SSW.

Jan 4: We had 8-12 inches of fresh snow from yesterday. It was hard to judge because of the strong winds that made drifting seem more like southeasten Minnesota. Temperatures today ranged from 0 to 20 here next to the lake. The entire day was spent shovleing out. Temperatures are to descend rapidly once the sun goes down. Lake Superior had 3ft rollers from the south on a grayish dark blue lake. The large waves from yesterday swallowed up or through onto the shore any and all ice that had formed on the lake.

Jan 3: The temperatures rose into the 20's today and stayed there, but strong winds rose from the SSE off the lake and made it feel as cold or colder than the below zero stuff from the past few days. I woke listening to 2-3ft rollers churning up the ice and its distinctive chinking sound. The light snow turned heavy and the waves built through the day to 5-6ft. We now have 6 new inches of dense drifting snow down here in Croftville.

Jan 2: The cold persists with 18 below this morning, a high of 7, and then quickly plummeting below zero in the late afternoon again. Lake Superior is calm with a variety of patches of small ice sheets, open water, and textured surfaces with broken up ice. The dark cloud over the lake persists but everywhere else it is clear blue skies.

Jan 1: Happy New Year. This will be the year that "The Inn at Croftville Road Cottages" will open. This will be the year that our family moves out of the travel trailer for good and into our new, but still unfinished, living quarters in the inn. We moved out of the old house to begin the expansion process now 3 years ago. This will be the year I am reunited with my piano. Welcome, welcome 2014. It was 21 below last night and climbed into single digits today. The skies are partly cloudy with high wispy clouds. The big lake is calm and a light gray today with broken up ice visible on the textured surface.

December
2013

Dec 31: I thought I may have seen some ice forming on Superior during our last cold spell a couple weeks ago. However, this time there is no mistake, we have ice forming on the surface of Lake Superior and it is still December. This is quite rare for our exposed location. We, of course, get plenty of ice on the shore from the spray of the waves by this time. But, I do not believe we have ever had ice on the surface in December in our 10 years here on the shore. Normally, ice does not start forming on the surface until late February here in Croftville. It was 18 below this morning with heavy steam rising into the dark cloud bank over the lake. Everywhere else it is a clear deep blue sky and a blue lake with silver highlights. No real waves today but there are different textures where the ice is forming.

Dec 30: Temperatures rose into the single digit for awhile midday before plummeting into the subzero depths once again. It was a good day to just sit by a fire, read a book, and look out at that icy steel blue lake and the clear blue sky.

Dec 29: Never even got close to above zero today. It was a day neither fit for man or beast. There was lots of steam rising into the dark cloud fixed over the lake. There were also several freighters passing our way today partially obscured by the mist.

Dec 28: We woke up to 30 and it stayed in the low 30's until late afternoon when temps started dropping quickly into the teens. Lake Superior was gray with 2ft waves from the ESE.

Dec 27: We got to 30 today. This is the first time we made it to 30 since before Thanksgiving. Lake Superior had a blue gray lake against our overcast sky. It snowed this morning for an inch then turned to flurries the rest of the day.

Dec 26: There was a strong wind off the lake today that made the 20 degree temperatures seem much colder. The wind continued to drive the waves from the SSW. An intermittant heavy snow added another couple inches of fluffy snow during the morning.

Dec 25: We got 4-5" of fresh snow last night that continued this morning. Lake Superior is beautiful this afternoon with a deep blue lake and silver highlights against a blue partly cloudy sky with amazing cloud formations. Waves were 3ft from the SSW and highs were in the teens.

Dec 24: The lake was as scary as I have seen it in years. Not that they were huge waves, they were 4ft with plenty of whitecaps from the SSW. However, it was the strong winds coming off the lake, the black clouds that partially covered the lake, the deep steel gray color of the lake, and the occasional blinding reflections of the sun that made the Superior so spooky yesterday. The temps got into the low 20's but with the wind it felt like below zero.

Dec 23: The temperature dropped to 7 below this morning. Sounds like it will stay cold today. We have clear blue skies here in Croftville. The exception of course is the dark cloud that forms over the lake anytime we drop below zero. We can watch the mist swirling up off the surface into the cloud. The lake surface itself is a silver blue with navy shadows with small 1ft waves from the SE.

Dec 22: Lake Superior had 3ft rollers from the ESE with a dark blue surface and silver highlights. Another 3" of fluffy snow fell overnight and into the morning. Light snow continued all day long.

Dec 21: Temperatures were in the teens and 20's today. We had partly sunny skies which made Lake Superior bright blue and mostly calm.

Dec 20: It was a repeat of yesterday with the exception that clouds rolled in by late afternoon.

Dec 19: It was another beautiful day in Croftville. Temperatures were in the 20's during the day with plenty of sun. Lake Superior was calm and a deep sky blue.

Dec 18: Although we began the day with 6 below, temperatures quickly mad it into the 20's. Skies were overcast with 2" of fresh snow falling this morning. Lake Superior had 2ft smooth waves from the SSW. The surface was a uniform purplish blue.

Dec 17: It was a beatiful day in Croftville with temperatures in the 20's, mostly clear blue skies, and a light breeze off Superior. The lake had 3ft steel blue waves from the SW with a few whitecaps. We saw a freighter only a quarter mile off the shore around noon.

Dec 16: Woke up to 10 degrees and 2" of fresh snow as a front moved in last night. The snow has picked up through the day and we have accumulated another 4-5" today. The waves on Lake Superior have also picked up and are 4-5ft from the SSW. The lake is my favorite steel blue color highlighted by lots of whitecaps and the huge breaking wavefronts on the beach. I have to say that I am sick of shoveling snow which is a bad sign since it is only mid-December.

Dec 15: And the cold came back, the very next day! We woke up to 6 below and it was still 5 below at noon. We got to a balmy 1 above before dropping into the below zeros again after dark. Lake Superior had greenish gray 2ft waves from the SSW. The skies were mostly clear with some high light clouds drifting by overhead. We saw several ore freighters passing by during the night.

Dec 14: The cold ended this morning with a morning low of 5 and a high of 20. However, the end of the cold was ushered in with all day lake effect snow that has acculmulated about 7" of fluffy snow by 9pm and is still coming down. Lake Superior was a dark gray with a blue tint and relatively calm against the snowy sky.

Dec 13: The cold continues with a high of 10 and a low this morning of 8 below. Lake Superior was a greenish silver, realtively calm, with clear skies overhead except for the cloud over the lake. We saw several ore freighters pass close by today.

Dec 12: Clear skies, a high of 12, and 2-3ft navy blue smooth waves from the SSW. It was good to see the temperatures moderate just a little.

Dec 11: What a cold spell we have here. It was 18 below on the lake, one of the coldest temperatures we have seen along the lake in our 10 years here. Our high for the day was 2 below. It was too cold to do much of anything except watch the mist rise off the silver blue lake into the huge cloud that has formed over the middle of the lake. There were 2ft smooth waves from the SSW.

Dec 10: The day started at 7 below, warmed up to 2 above, and then sunk back to 3 below. Lake Superior has 2ft smooth waves from the south with unusually long distances between the wavefronts. The lake is silver with sky blue shadows. Once again you can watch the swirling mist rise off the surface and move up into the massive cloud situated over the bady of the lake.

Dec 9: We woke up to 3" of fresh fluffy snow and 7 degrees. By noon it had made it to 13 and the rest of the day the temperatures fell falling below zero with the sunset. The brreze picked up through the day and made it quite uncomfortable by late afternoon. Once again we had clear blue skies except over the lake. As temperatures fell the little whirlwinds of mist increased off the lake surface. Lake Superior was pretty calm with a silver blue surface and navy blue shadows. Our guest spotted an ore freighter that looked like a ghost ship in the mist.

Dec 8: It was 12 below by the lake this morning. We had clear skies and a fairly calm Lake Superior. By afternoon temps had risen tsingle digits, then it began to get overcast and temps rose into the low teens. Finally it beagn to snow and is now snowing pretty good at 8pm.

Dec 7: It was too cold to work outside today, it was too cold to do much of anything outside today. We started the day at 10 below and ended with a high of 5 before temperatures dropping back below zero by dusk. The rising mist off the lake is almost eerie as it spirals upward into the great cloud bank that has formed over the lake. I saw an ore freighter go by but it was lighter than I am accustomed. Part of that is due to the mist, and part of it is the whitening effect of frozen spray clinging to the ship.

Dec 6: The cold front they had been warning us about that would be coming after the snowstorm finally arrived last night. This morning it was 4 below down here by the lake. We have clear blue skies except over the lake which has a mist rising off the surface into the cloud bank that almost always forms in frigid weather. Lake Superior has 2ft silver smooth waves with navy blue shadows from the south.

Dec 5: Well, the snow has finally ended and for the first time in several days we can see the sky. There is an enormous cloud bank sitting over Lake Superior. We still have 3-4ft waves which are big waves but nothing like the waves from yesterday. I could here those large waves subsiding last night while laying in bed. They also changed direction and are now from the SSW and are a beautiful transluscent green as the brak near the shore.

Dec 4: And the snow and wind continues. There was a brief respite in the snow this morning but it picked up again at noon and by 3 it was coming down hard until I went to bed. The gales are creating huge waves that must be 6-8ft. They are coming in from the SE and are churning up the sediment so that the lake near the shore is a chocolate color. The waves are consistently hitting the landing at the bottom of our stairs which is quite rare. You can hear the large rocks on the beach shift as the waves are pulled back into the lake.

Dec 3: Another 4" of wet heavy snow fell last night. By the time I had shoveled out of our walks and driveways another 3" had fell. Snow fell and temperatures dropped all day long starting in the mid 30's and ending in the mid 20's. Lake Superior had limited visibility but you could see the 3ft waves from the SSE smashing into the shore. The light blue lake, the pounding waves, and the falling snow made the chair next to the gas stove looking out the picture window to the lake the perfect place to sit out the storm.

Dec 2: There was 4" of fresh snow last night and light snow all day today until 3pm. After 3pm the snow became heavier and wetter. Temperatures have hovered in the low 30's all day and the high for the day of 35 is right now at 9pm. Lake Superior had dark gray 2ft smooth waves today from the south.

Dec 1: The month of December begins in Croftville with moderate temperatures in the 20's and 30's, clear to partly overcast skies, and a realtively calm Superior with 1ft waves from the SSW.

November
2013

Nov 30: Temperatures are in the 30's, skies are overcast, and our snow is melting. Lake Superior is a greenish gray with 1ft waves from the south.

Nov 29: We hiked Eagle Mountain today. This will probably be our last real hike until spring. It is time to pull out the cross country skis. The summit was clear for about 10 minutes and then snow clouds blocked any long range visibility. When we returned late in the afternoon Superior was periwinkle in color. The waves are beginning to pick up again and are back to 3ft. Temperatures hovered in the teens and 20's.

Nov 28: Happy Thanksgiving. We woke up to our first true snowcover for the year. We had about 4" on the ground and another inch fell this morning while shoveling out. It is so different to see everything covered in white. By contrast, Lake Superior is a dark, dark gray and almost looks black.

Nov 27: They have predicted snow all day today for the North Shore but we never saw any of it. Temperatures are hovering in the 20's and the sky is lightly overcast. Superior is a greenish blue with small 1-2ft waves.

Nov 26: Lake Superior was calmer with 1-2ft silver blue waves from the south. We saw 3 ore freighters pass by today although one was sitting quite high and might have been a saltie. "Saltie" is a term they use for those ships that come all the way from the salt water of the Atlantic. Temperatures stayed in the 10-15 range all day long. The stars are spectacular tonight and have that 3 dimensional look to them as if you could reach out and clutch them out of the sky.

Nov 25: It was almost a fall day in Croftville. Temperatures were in the 30's and low 40's. There were mostly cloudy skies with sunshine breaking through every now and then. The lake had 4-5ft waves from the south which roared as they broke. The tops of the waves were a translucent green. I saw 2 ore freighters pass by. Hope this weather holds for Thanksgiving.

Nov 24: Waves picked up overnight and roared all day long. We are talking 5-6ft waves from the south. With these huge waves came plenty of whitecaps painted against the greenish blue surface. Temperatures rebounded this morning into the teens with the arrival of 1 inch of fluffy snow. By nightime temperatures rose into the low 30's.

Nov 23: It is bitterly cold today. We woke up to 4 degrees and never got above 15. Mostly sunny skies left a blue lake but with the rising mist coming off the surface like we usually see in the winter.

Nov 22: The lake was calm today with 6" smooth waves from the SSW. We saw several ore freighters pass by Croftville Road Cottages throughout the day. With temperatures in the mid 20's most of the day it was pleasant when the wind died down and quite cold when the wind was blowing. Flurries came and went all day.

Nov 21: The morning started at 42 degrees and temperatures dropped all day long into the 20's. A strong wind off of the hill pelted the lake and subdued any waves that tried to work their way to shore. You could watch the gusts of wind move out over the aqua surface of the lake. A ways out on Superior you could see the whitecaps.

Nov 20: Temperatures rose throughout the night and it was 43 by this morning. Lake Superior was roaring with 4-5ft blue green waves coming straight in from the SSE. The breaking waves were quite a sight since the entire wavefront broke at the same time. The wind was still, the skies were overcast, and the temps were almost balmy.

Nov 19: The waves changed direction and magnitude overnight. They are now 3-4ft from the ESE and are a greenish gray. Temperatures were in the low 20's this morning but managed to get into the mid 30's by late afternoon. There is a pretty good wind blowing off the lake.

Nov 18: We had our first accumulated snow last night and woke up with about a half inch covering the ground here by the lake. It is a cold day and the snow is sticking with temperatures staying in the 20's. The gray waves are coming in at the unusual oblique angle from the SW and are 2-3ft.

Nov 17: Drizzle, overcast, and gray describes the day in Croftville. Temperatures were in the 40's and the lake had 3ft uniformly gray with just a hint of green waves from the SSE. We saw 3 ore freighters pass by. The full moon was bright enough to show through the clouds.

Nov 16: There was a heavy frost which made everything wet. We had a low of 29 and highs in the mid 40's. Lake Superior was gray with 2ft waves from the south.

Nov 15: Lake Superior was surprisingly calm for November with modest 1ft gray waves from the south breaking gently on the shore. Although full moon is still 2 days away, the night sky was really bright with a moon dawg halo surrounding the nearly full moon.

Nov 14: The winds have settled down, the skies are mostly clear, and temperatures are in the 40's. Lake Superior has 2ft waves from the south. I feel warn out from fighting the wind yesterday.

Nov 13: We have 4-5ft waves from the south today. The sound of the lake is thunderous. Skies are mostly sunny with light strands of clouds passing by. Lake Superior is a steel blue with many whitecaps. The breaking waves near the shore are a translucent greenish blue. Temperature-wise it has climbed into the 40's but the brisk wind still leaves you with a chill.

Nov 12: We saw 3 ore freighters today. A low of 20 last night but it warmed up to 31 this afternoon. Gitche Gumi had 2-3ft from the south. They had a purple hue when the sky was overcast and an aqua blue when we had sun.

Nov 11: Yikes, winter has come back! We went to bed last night and the temperature was 35 with light snow. We got up this morning to 19 degrees on the lake. A big freighter passed by while I tried to unfreeze the water pipes to our travel trailer. We have clear skies and the strongest winds I have seen in a couple years. The gusts almost picked up our temporary canvas shed and tried to throw it into Superior. Our high for the day was 24.

Nov 10: On the way back home last night from Duluth we hit a deer disabling our vehicle and forcing us to spend the night in Two Harbors. They are everywhere this fall and I have heard of more deer collisions this fall than I ever have, I had hoped I wouldn't be one of them. It was a cold day all along the North Shore with temperatures in the upper 30's with light snow and rain. Today it is partly cloudy with 3ft waves on the big lake from the south. We saw a huge ore freighter pass by not more than a quarter mile from shore.

Nov 9: Lake Superior again has 3ft waves from the SSW. It rained overnight which isn't bad since the prediction was for 2-4 inches of snow. We have overcast skies and a little drizzle for the first day of deer hunting.

Nov 8: Although it was cold in the 30's we had a full day of sun which made it a great day to be outside. Lake Superior had 3ft metallic blue waves from the SSW with crisp whitecaps.

Nov 7: Although the lake was relatively calm with 1ft smooth waves from the SSW, the sky was dynamic today. Cloud formations sped across the sky being backlit by the sun giving them a real 3 dimensional look. Even though the lake was gray, the sky was full of reds, blues, purples, pinks, and oranges.

Nov 6: The lake had 2ft grayish blue waves from the SE. A healthy wind pulled heat away from your body when you were outside. It was almost pelasant this morning in the 40's but a front passed through at noon and the afternoon was cold in the 30's.

Nov 5: Lake Superior picked up over night and had 3-4ft bluish silver waves today from the SE. There was a pretty healthy wind as well that made the low 40's feel more like freezing. I expected to see freighters out there but I must have missed them in spite of being outdoors all day.

Nov 4: As I came over the hill in Duluth to look out over Lake Superior I could feel my body sigh and relax. I am coming home and my body knows that Lake Superior is home.

Nov 3: No news to report today since I wasn't here. It feels strange to be away from Lake Superior for the first full day in 17 months.

Nov 2: We left Grand Marais early this morning for the state cross country meet at St. Olaf. The sun was just just rising as we headed over the hill in Duluth to say goodbye to Lake Superior for the next 3 days. Temperatures overnight were in the mid 40's.

Nov 1: November begins the month feeling like fall again. Our overnight low was 44 and we are at 50 degrees at 11am. The skies are heavily overcast here but partly cloudy as we look toward the Upper Peninsula across the lake. Gitche Gumi has purple gray 6" waves from the ESE with silver highlights on a textured surface. There is a dark purple band on the lake near the horizon. This isn't what I would expect with the bright partly cloudy skies in that direction.

October
2013

Oct 31: Halloween is overcast and warm. We have misting at times down here by the lake. Superior is relatively calm with 6" smooth gray waves. Overnight we had 42 degrees, by late afternoon it was in the upper 40's, and by nightime it reached 49.

Oct 30: Temperatures overnight stayed in the 30's and the highs were in the 40's today. The morning had sun but clouds and a mist rolled in this afternoon. Lake Superior was a steel gray and relatively calm.

Oct 29: Another cold morning of 23 degrees. I guess winter has decided to come visit us for awhile. We hope we will see a little more late fall before winter stayes for good. There were several ore freighters that passed by today. It is the time of the year when the ore freighters begin using the longer but safer northern route across Superior. It is alwatys a welcome sight to begin seeing the freighters regularly again.

Oct 28: Temperatures plummeted last night and we woke up to 25 degrees here by the lake. I imagine that means temps may have got near the single digits away from the lake. Today we had a high of 38 with clear blue skies. Lake Superior was a silver blue with black shadows. There were 2ft waves on a highly textured surface. Little wind meant that it was actually comfortable outside.

Oct 27: We went back to wind and cloud cover today. However, we did occasionally get a little sun and people made use of that and were busy walking The Croftville Road including myself. Lake Superior was a pale blue with 1ft smooth waves. Temperatures were in the upper 30's and 40's.

Oct 26: What a difference a day can make. Temps are in the 40's, plenty of sunshine with light partial cloud cover, no wind, and a blue gray Lake Superior with only ripples.

Oct 25: This is stormiest day I have ever seen without any significant precipitation. Strong winds from the SW generated 5ft waves on Superior from the SSW. Lake Superior was a transluscent green with whitecaps everywhere. The black cloudfronts looked like black cottonballs. We had small amounts of rain that would pelt into your skin propelled by the wind. Even the bottom landing for our steps to the beach were wet from the spray.

Oct 24: It was a cold winter day on the north shore. We had 31 here on the lake and it didn't leave the 30's at all today. We started the day with our first accumulated snow (about a half inch). Lake Superior was a greenish gray with smooth 2ft waves.

Oct 23: It got down to 32 last night here on the lake. Once again we had a high of 44. There was no precipitation but plenty of dark low hanging clouds that looked ready to let loose. There was no sun today so Gitche Gumi was gray with 1ft smooth waves from the SSE. It no longer feels like fall.

Oct 22: The day began at 34 and the highest we got was 44. However, there was plenty of sun, scary cloud fronts passing by with the look of snow, and a lake with so many different colors and textures that I wouldn't know where to start. Lake Superior had 2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE.

Oct 21: We woke up to a thin layer of snow on the cars and roof. Temperature of 34 this morning with a high of 40 this afternoon. It was a cold day with light overcast skies, a gray Lake Superior, and snow flurries.

Oct 20: There was a feeling of winter in the air and sky today. Almost black clouds passed by us to the north and we could see dark gray clouds across the lake in northern Wisconsin. I suspect there was snow or freezing rain in both of them. Our temperatures hovered in the 30's and 40's. Lake Superior was silver gray once again but with some whitecaps amongst the 2ft waves. Fall colors although past peak are still beautiful. The aspen have pretty much given up all their foliage making it easier to look into the forest.

Oct 19: It was 35 degrees this morning when I got up. We had frozen sleet on the cars and stacks of wood. This was the coldest morning we have had this fall so far. Lake Superior is a uniform silver in color with 1ft smooth waves from the SE. There was lots of rain last night and they are predicting more of it and possibly somw snow flurries for today.

Oct 18: It was partly cloudy with plenty of sun today and an occasional sprinkling of rain. Lake Superior was a steel blue with small whitecaps and black shadows on its 1ft waves. Temperatures never found their way out of the 40's. There was a beautiful orange full moon moonrise right around sunset.

Oct 17: It was a rainy day in Croftville. Although the temperatures began to plummet quickly last night, the rain rebounded them so that it was 42 here on the lake this morning. Temperatures stayed in the mid 40's all day long with a cloud wind. Lake Superior was a uniform light gray in color.

Oct 16: We woke up to clear skies this morning. Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves from the SE with a deep blue surface with black shadows and a few whitecaps. The nearly full moon rose quickly after sunset and reflected off the black surface of the lake in a dazzling display. Temperatures are dropping quickly.

Oct 15: It looks like a rainy day today. In Croftville we had a light rain all night which appears it will continue throughout today. The waves on Superior picked up and are now 2ft from the SE. The lake is gray with black shadows against a fuzzy light gray horizon with just a hint of blue int it. The rain kept the temperatures in the mid 40's last night and I think we will struggle to hit 50 today.

Oct 14: Lake Superior was fairly calm today. We had lightly overcast skies and a grayish blue lake. The radar showed rain everywhere in northern Minnesota except our own Cook County. The rain didn't start here until after dark and allowed our guests to enjoy a short evening fire. Temperatures began with a season low of 36 here on the lake and managed to climb into the low 50's.

Oct 13: Croftville is enjoying a picture perfect fall day. Temperatures in the 50's, clear skies, and a light breeze. Lake Superior is a deep blue with dark green shadows and sky blue highlights against the pale blue horizon. We have 2ft waves from the south and can hear the rustling of the leaves and the breaking of the waves on the shore.

Oct 12: Lake Superior waves were sustained at 3-4ft from the SSW today. The surface was a metallic gray with silver reflections when the sun was out. There were lots of whitecaps and a brown band of water close to the shore. The day started with a amazingly warm low of 59 and had a high in the mid 60's. It was a geourgeous fall day with colors just past peak and rain passing through after dark.

Oct 11: The lake was metallic blue with whitecaps and waves coming from the unusual direction of the east. Waves continued to build throughout the day reinforced by the wind until they were 3-4ft by evening. Temperature ranged from the 40's to the upper 50's.

Oct 10: We had a little sun, a little rain, a little bit of clouds, and a little bit of overcast skies today. There was a high of 62 down by the lake.

Oct 9: Croftville had a beautiful fall day with highs in the low 60's and plenty of sun. It sometimes even felt hot in the sunlight. A sky blue Lake Superior had 6" waves just big enough to break on the shore rocks.

Oct 8: It was cold this morning when I woke up and only 36. I think that is our first night in the 30's this fall right along the lake even though inland has seen colder temperatures several weeks ago. Temperatures rose nicely into the 50's and we had partly cloudy skies and a blue and surprisingly calm Lake Superior.

Oct 7: It was a stunning fall day with clear skies, a deep blue rippling lake, and a high of 62 in Croftville. The leaves are in full color down by Superior and are probable just past peak inland. Strong winds picked up in the later afternoon which quickly generated waves and whitecaps from the SW.

Oct 6: It rained hard again last night. We must have got well over 2 inches in the last couple days. Today was overcast with a high of 54. Waves began to subside this morning and the lake was nearly calm by sunset. The beach has a new supply of driftwood after the big waves from the last few days.

Oct 5: Rain, wind, and waves. With the strong winds throughout the day most of the rain was horizontal. The wind was absolutely relentless and impaled you with the precipitation. Lake Superior had 4-5ft waves that thundered onto the shore. You can see the band of brown water along the perimeter due to the churning of the sediment. The water turns to a geeenish gray as you look out further.

Oct 4: The waves on Lake Superior continue to pick up in intensity and are 3ft from the SE. There is a strong persistent wind from the NE and temperatures in the 50's. Once in awhile the sun broke through the cloud formations to warm us up briefly.

Oct 3: The rain never developed today as they had predicted. We had mostly overcast skies but you could see the line of rain and the black stormclouds across the lake in northern Wisconsin. The waves are picking up in intensity and have changed direction and are now coming from the ESE.

Oct 2: It was another beuatiful fall day in Croftville today. There were 1ft waves with a few whitecaps from the SSW. The waves reflected the sunlight leaving a band of blazing white on the lake beneath the sun. The rest of the lake was a dazzling blue with a green tint as you got closer to the shore. Rain began shortly after sunset. They are predicting lots of rain and large waves on Superior for the next couple days.

Oct 1: We only had a low of 54 last night which is really quite warm for this time of year. Lake Superior has smooth 1ft waves from the SE that just break before hitting the shore. This morning has beautiful cloud formations that are brilliant white on top but a dark bluish gray on the bottom. There is definately moisture in them and several times this morning we have had simultaneous sun and light rain. The reflection of the sun off the blue gray lake is totally blinding.

September
2013

Sept 30: September ends with a beautiful fall day in the 60's. We had some overcast skies at times but mostly sun. Lake Superior had modest 1ft waves from the SE and was an array of blues with tints of copper and purple at times.

Sept 29: We were back to 1ft waves from the SE today. It was a beautiful fall day with a high of 60 and plenty of sun. Lake Superior changed colors several times during the day but was generally blue with silver highlights.

Sept 28: The waves on Superior grew dramatically during the night. This morning we had 4ft waves from the south. The waves maintained 3 to 4ft throughout the day. These are the largest waves I have seen on the lake for several months. The funny thing is that there were no whitecaps out there, the waves never broke until they got close to the shore. It is fun to here Superior roaring again after what has been a fairly subdued body of water for quite a while. It rained hard for about 4-5 hours this afternoon.

Sept 27: We had a gray lake, 1ft waves, and a high of 65 in Croftville. There were 2 light rains the latter of which drove us in from the camp fire we were enjoying.

Sept 26: Fog was still here this morning and the temperatures were pretty balmy for this time of year with a 58 this morning and rising into the 60's. Before the fog had a chance to burn off we traveled to Hibbing for a race. It was surprising to see how advanced the fall colors are away from the shore. The reds are particularly deep and vibrant this year.

Sept 25: Fog is the news for today. We had sun early in the morning and then the fog rolled in and lingered all day long. Lake Superior had gray 1ft waves from the SE when you could see them.

Sept 24: With a low of 42 and a high of 62, Croftville enjoyed a beautiful fall day with plenty of sunshine and ever changing cloud formations. Lake Superior was a deep sky blue with 2ft waves that broke loudly on the shore.

Sept 23: The waves become sonorous during the night and I foulnd myself laying awake just listening to them. To my surprise, by morning they were only 1ft from the SE. Lake Superior was a spectacular blue with dark purple shadows. The skies were mostly sunny with some striking clouds.

Sept 22: It was a beautiful day along Lake Superior for the first day of fall. There were partly cloudy skies with plenty of sun. They lake was a purplish blue with 1-2ft waves from the SE and infrequent whitecaps. Temps started at 42 but quickly rose into the low 60's.

Sept 21: There was a beautiful harvest moon rise last night as the overcast skies dissipated to a partly cloudy evening and the temperatures plummeted into the low 40's along the lake. Today Superior was mostly calm with a purplish blue surface that was dark against the horizon and light and reflective nearer the shore. We had partly coudy low hanging but thin clouds drifting past and a high of 55.

Sept 20: Croftville had an overcast fall day today with a high of 62. The sun worked its way through the clouds at times and in retaliation the clouds managed a ligth rain at times. Lake Superior was a uniform light gray with 6" to 1ft waves from the south.

Sept 19: Wow, did it rain today. I heard we had up to 3.5". It misted in the morning, there were 2 huge downpours during the afternoon, and then several light rains during the evening. There was a lot of fog over the lake, it was surprinsingly warm staying in the 60's even in the evening, and humid by North Shore standards.

Sept 18: Overcast and drizzle best descibes the weather today in Croftville. Temperatures climbed into the 60's and Superior was relatively calm with a uniformly light gray surface.

Sept 17: It was a breezy day along Lake Superior. Deep blue 2ft waves from the south with whitecaps and black shadows were loud as they buffeted the shore. The day started in the 40's and warmed into the 60's.

Sept 16: Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the SSE. The lake was blue with the mostly sunny fall day.

Sept 15: I can really begin to notice sunrise arriving later and later. Out the door at 7:00am it is actually not quite light enough to work outside anymore. We had a light rain all night long and woke up to 44 degrees this morning. Lake Superior has 2ft smooth waves from the ESE. The surface is blue gray with dark gray shadows and white highlights. There is a striking and ominous looking cloudbank over the southern end of the lake. Once the sun rose above it the lake is blinding white from the sun's reflection.

Sept 14: There are loud 2ft gray waves on Lake Superior today from the south. They are churning up the sediment and creating a brownish gray band along the shore. The horizon is actually darker than the lake today which must mean there is heavy cloud cover to the south compared with our lightly overcast skies. In spite of the overcast skies the surface of the lake is really reflecting the diffused light. Temps are in the 60's and we have a brisk wind.

Sept 13: It was a gourgeous brisk day in Croftville today. The high was in the low 60's, there was a constant light wind, and plenty of sun. Lake Superior was steel blue with a few whitecaps on the 1-2ft waves from the SSE.

Sept 12: The lake was pretty calm today with a textured surface but no discernable direction for waves. The surface was a deep sky blue except near the shore were it took on a translucent aqua hue.

Sept 11: We had a fine fall day with temperaures in the low 70's and enough sun to make you sweat working ourdoors. Lake Superior was a steel blue with a scattering of small whitecaps on the 1ft plus waves.

Sept 10: The skies looked like rain today but all we got was a little mist. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the SE with a generally gray surface with silvers and greens.

Sept 9: We had rain today in Croftville. Rain of every kind: drizzle, heavy, lightning storm, downpours, light steady rain, etc. Luckily last night we sat out and enjoyed a fire, a few stars, and the pounding waves from pitch dark lake. Today Lake Superior has 1ft waves from the SE with a greenish gray surface. Temperatures stayed in the low 60's all day in spite of southern Minnesota being in the 90's.

Sept 8: The waves on Lake Superior made a drastic shift overnight and are now coming way from the ESE with 1-2ft amplitude. The crests of the waves are blinding white with the reflection from the sun. The rest of the surface is a bluish gray with greenish gray shadows. We have high cirrus clouds overhead. Temps rebounded into the 60's after overnight temperatures in the 40's.

Sept 7: We traveled down the shore to Duluth today. Lake Superior had a haze over it all day long. I think the haze was primarily from the humidity in the air. Temperatures were in the 70's by 9:00am and stayed in the 70's all day. Lake Superior was a silvery blue with the indirect light reflecting off it.

Sept 6: It was a clear day over the lake but with striking cloud formations on the south side. Lake Superior was a silvery blue, with at most 6" waves, and blinding at times with the reflecting sun. Fall can be seen all around us. I noticed that the Juneberry (serviceberry) trees have really turned gold in the last 2 days.

Sept 5: Croftville was overcast for most of the day. Lake Superior had 1ft gray waves still from the south. Temperatures started in the 40's and made it to the 60's. There were frost warning up on the Gunflint.

Sept 4: The waves grew last night to a steady 2ft and could keep a light sleeper awake. Today the waves were still near 2ft from the south. Temperatures rose into the 60's in the sun but felt a lot cooler in the shade. Signs of fall colors are beginning in the Moose maple and the birch trees. It was a great day to be outside.

Sept 3: Lake Superior was my favorite color today, it was a steel blue with blinding silver highlights, and occasional whitecaps. 1-2ft waves were from the south and roared from the lake. There was a strong breeze, lots of sun, beautiful rapid moving clouds, and a high in the upper 60's. A perfect fall day on Croftville Road.

Sept 2: We had a drop dead gorgeous early fall day. Mostly sunny skies, cottonball clouds, morning temps in the low 50's, and afternoon temps just making 70. Lake Superior was waveless but with a highly textured surface of dark blues, white highlights, and black shadows.

Sept 1: Lake Superior had a feeling of fall to it today. The lake had a touch of turbulence and you could watch gusts of wind crossing the surface. At times the lake was a stark blue and at others a strk gray. 1ft waves came straight in from the SSE and the wind kept changing directions. Stormclouds past by intermittently through the day but there was no repeat of the lightning and heavy rain from last night. Temperatures made it to the 70's by late morning but then cooled back into the 60's this afternoon.

August
2013

Aug 31: August leaves Croftville with all day long overcast skies followed by heavy showers after sunset. Lake Superior had formidable waves that could be heard last night but they subsided to 6" grayish silver waves for the day from the south. We had a high of 70.

Aug 30: There was a beautilful summer day on Croftville Road today. The lake is blue with silver highlights and black shadows. We had 6" waves from the south not large enough for any whitecaps.

Aug 29: Today is overcast, relatively warm (mid 70's), and rainy. Lake Superior is calm and light gray with bands of textured surfaces that eventually disappear into the fog hanging over the lake. Heavier rain and possible lightning is expected for this afternoon.

Aug 28: I had to take a trip to Duluth today. It was so hot up on top of the hill in Duluth, but as we drove down the hill the temperature dropped 15 degrees. There was a lot of fog all the way down the shore from Grand Marais to Duluth and back again. I don't think I saw the horizon all day long.

Aug 27: I've heard reports of 90 plus degrees up on the Gunflint Trail today. However, here in Croftville we had sun, warmth, and a high of about 73 for the day. Lake Superior is this amazing modifier of the weather and on day's like this it is especially pronounced.

Aug 26: We had some overnight showers again and a warm day in the upper 70's. Lake Superior had a lingering fog over it that prevented us from usually seeing the horizon. The lake was relatively calm and gray. Occasionally breezes would come off the lake and drop the temperature 10-15 degrees in a minute.

Aug 25: It was warm last night with temperatures still above 70 this morning. We have a silver blue lake with green shadows for the 1ft smooth waves from the SSE. The lake really roared last night. I am guessing there must have been 2ft waves during the early morning lightning storm that dropped rain for about an hour. Temps today have risen to 85.

Aug 24: Lake Superior was a silver gray today with 1ft waves. We had a mostly sunny day with a high of 78. The odd thing was that that high mantained itself into the evening. Waves began to pick up after dark.

Aug 23: We turned the furnace on last night when temps dropped into the low 50's. Today, however the full sun got us back up into the mid 70's. Lake Superior only mustered 6" waves that were barely audible as they hit the shore.

Aug 22: The humidity relented today and the high was back in the 70's on Croftville Road. It was a beautiful clear summer day. A deep blue Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the SE with silver highlights and black shadows. We watched the waning full moon rise over the lake.

Aug 21: Humid and hot. I cannot remember the last time it made it over 90 down by the Lake Superior shore but it did it this afternoon. The day started in the 50's and cooled back down to the low 70's by evening. However, it was cooking inbetween. Lake Superior was a silver blue with 6" waves from the south.

Aug 20: Humid and warm. Those are not words you here along the shore very often but it does describe Croftville today at least by North Shore standards. Although the temperatures started in the 50's this morning we made into the low 80's today and you could tell there was humidity in the air by the way you sweated while working in the sun. As sun set there was a haze over the shore that partially obscured the rising full moon. Lake Superior had only ripples today on a uniform silver blue lake.

Aug 19: The skies forebode rain today but we ended up with just a few light showers in the morning and then nothing in spite of stormy looking skies alternating with sun the rest of the day. Temperatures finally ascended into the low 70's. Lake Superior was a silverish blue and had 1ft waves from the SE.

Aug 18: 1-2ft waves from the south reminded us how beautiful whitecaps are and how loud Lake Superior's voice can be. The lake was a stark blue with black shadows and white breaking waves. Closer to shore the lake took on a transluscent greenish blue hue. Highs were again in the lower 60's.

Aug 17: The 1ft waves from the SSW brought a bit of color and sound back to the lake today. Lake Superior was an metallic blue with black shadows against a clear blue sky. Temperatures still only managed to get to the upper 60's down by the shore.

Aug 16: Lake Superior was a silver blue and glass today. The sky was clear and light sky blue that became almost white at the horizon. Temperatures were comfortable and climbed into the upper 60's along the lake.

Aug 15: I could just say ditto. It was a georgeous summer day with temps in the 60's, a gentle breeze off Superior, 1ft waves from the SSW, and clear skies. The lake was a vibrant blue with black shadows.

Aug 14: It was a beautiful summer day along Lake Superior today. The lake was a stunning blue with black shadows against a pale blue sky at the horizon. There was not a cloud in the sky and we had 1ft waves from the SSW. The gentle breeze off the lake kept the temperatures in then 60's. Near twilight, a striking cloud front passed by with an amazing array of colors produced by the near setting sun.

Aug 13: Well, I didn't get to see the meteor shower last night because I fell asleep. Lake Superior was again a calm blue gray today. The weather was a repeat of yesterday with partly sunny, partly overcast, and highs in the 60's. I was struck by how quiet it is without the sound of the lake after working with the noises of construction most of the day.

Aug 12: Lake Superior was a calm blue gray today. Temperatures were on the upper 60's and it was partly sunny and partly overcast. The horizon line was a pale blue. I hope to stay up for the meteor shower tonight but judging by how tired I am right now I think my chances are remote.

Aug 11: It was mostly sunny today along Lake Superior except for a couple sprinkles scattered through the day. A silver blue Lake Superior had 6" waves from the south just big enough to hear as they hit the shore. Our low was in the 50's and our high in the 60's.

Aug 10: Lake Superior was light blue and calm today. We had plenty of sun and temperatures may have brushed 70 by late afternoon.

Aug 9: Croftville had a drop dead beautiful mostly sunny summer day. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the SSE with blue water and silver highlights. Temperatures peaked in the mid 60's.

Aug 8: They said there was rain coming for sure today but it only amounted to a few sprinkles in the afternoon. It was another beautiful day with mostly cloudy skies, a little sun, and temperatures starting in the 40's and making in into the low 60's. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the south with blue water and black shadows.

Aug 7: Lake Superior was mostly a silver piece of glass today with patches of rough textures. There was no wind, plenty of sun, and a high in the low 60's.

Aug 6: It was back to sunny skies, highs in the 60's, a calm glassy light blue lake, and a pleasant breeze off the lake.

Aug 5: There was a change in weather today in Croftville. Lake Superior was calm and a pale gray. We had rain in the morning and overcast skies in the afternoon. Temperatures didn't make it out of the mid 60's.

Aug 4: Our string of beautiful weather continues today. Mostly sunny skies, a light breeze, and a high of 72. Lake Superior was a deep sky blue with purple shadows against the 1ft waves coming straigh in from the SSE.

Aug 3: The annual Fisherman's Picnic is going strong in Grand Marais and producing an unusual amount of foot traffic on the Croftville Road. I think people have the urge to get away from the crowds for awhile and take a walk along the lake. The lake is light sky blue with a dark navy narrow band at the horizon. The lake is nearly glass apart from the occasional wake from a boat passing by. Temperatures started the day in the 40's and rose to a comfortable 76 with mostly clear skies.

Aug 2: The beautiful days continue to rack up along the shore in Croftville. Temperatures rose into the 80's with a clear sky. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the south and was a beautiful deep sky blue.

Aug 1: We had a repeat of the perfect summer day from yesterday. Lake Superior today was an aqua blue with navy blue highlights and 1ft waves from the SSE. There was a nice breeze but temperatures still managed to climb from the 50's to the 70's by midafternoon. There were mostly sunny skies with occasional white cumulus clouds drifting by.

July
2013

July 31: The shore along the lake had a picture perfect summer day. There were mostly sunny skies dotted scantily with cotton ball clouds. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the south with a bright blue surface and dark purple highlights. Temperatures started in the low 50's this morning and ramped up to the low 80's until ramping back down near eveing.

July 30: Croftville Road had rain in the morning and warm mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Temps made it to the low 70's. Lake Superior was a monotone grayish blue with a rippled surface.

July 29: We had a beautiful summer day on Croftville Road. Lake Superior was a robin's egg blue with only ripples on its surface. Temperatures rose to the upper 60's and the sky was clear. We saw a rare, at least for this type of weather, ore freighter passing by about a mile out.

July 28: Today was about 10 degrees warmer than yesterday and the skies sometimes looked like the sun might peek out. However, our sun was shy and the skies remained lightly overcast leaving the surface of Superior a dark gray. The Coast Guard went by several times. We found out that guests at Opel's had swamped a canoe out on Superior. They are lucky someone saw them do it or they wouldn't be alive. One must have the proper respect for this icy cold body of water even when it is calm like today.

July 27: It was cold again today with temps in the 50's. The skies looked like it could rain but the worst that happened was some mist. Lake Superior was gray with 6" waves against a gray horizon.

July 26: It was cold today with temperatures staying in the low 50's during the day. Rain threatened us all day long but in the end only managed to spit on us a little with overcast skies and storm fronts passing overhead. Lake Superior was gray with 1ft waves.

July 25: Rain and fog was the news for the day. I couldn't even see Lake Superior 80ft away when I got up. Temperatures started in the low 50's and climbed into the low 60's. The lake surface was calm and gray when you could see it.

July 24: We had sun today. We had rain today. Sometimes we had them both at the same time. Lake Superior was calm with just ripples from the SSE. There were some extraordinary clouds to watch as they passed by us over the lake. Temperatures stayed in the 60's.

July 23: The day started warm in the low 70's and then dropped back into the 60's by noon. Lake Superior is a light purplish blue except for the dark navy blue band near the horizon. There are 6" waves coming straight in from the SSE. Skies are mostly cloudy.

July 22: Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves today from the south. The high was in the 70's with mostly sunny skies.

July 21: A bit cooler today with our temperatures staying in the 60's in Croftville. We had a beautiful calm blue lake with a dark blue band near the horizon. Partly cloudy skies and a light breeze made for a gourgeous summer day along Lake Gitche Gumee. July 20: Lake Superior just had ripples for waves from the SSW. Clear skies and temperatures in the 60's and low 70's along the lake.

July 19: We woke up to sun after a night of lightning and heavy rain. It was a beautiful day in Croftville with patches of cumulus clouds passing through a partly sunny blue sky. The sky was reflected by Superior which had 1ft waves with black highlights from the SSW. There was a brisk breeze that kept what might have been a hot day (low 80's) quite comfortable.

July 18: It was a day (and night) of awesome thunderstorms. We had over 3" of rain. The fog was so heavy on the lake most of the day that we could not see the lake from our cottages. The lake was suprisingly calm considering the volatile weather over it. The most spectacular thunderstorm front passed through around 5pm. The sky was black and it became like nightime as it approached. First came the stillness, (the calm before), then came the wind, and finally the lightning and rain. The black thunderheads soared into the sky.

July 17: It was hot along Croftville Road today with temperatures in the 80's until the thunderstorms past through and cooled us down into the lower 70's. Lake Superior is calm, a silvery blue, with deep blue highlights in the ripples. The lake and sky are stratified with many layers, each with subtle differences in color. The is a pale blue gray layer just above the dark gray horizon line.

July 16: Our guests had a morning fire and breakfast down on the shore. I think it was the first morning fire this summer. It made me think of breakfasts in the boundary waters (BWCA), which unfortunately is not in the cards for me this summer with our expansion project.

July 15: The rain never came until late this afternoon. Croftville had temperatures in the 60's, a foggy lake, and a calm surface.

July 14: The streak of calm on Lake Superior continues. Temperatures stayed in the low 60's today and they are predicting rain later tonight.

July 13: My memory may be playing tricks on me, but watching the calm lake today I started thinking that we have had an unusually large number of calm days on the lake this spring and summer. Lake Superior had only ripples on it which you could only see when down by the water because of the fog and mist in the air. It was 2:00 before the dew finally left. Temperatures were in the upper 60's most of the day.

July 12: The sky and lake were seamless this afternoon. It was just one solid pale blue field. Part of the reason behind this may have been the general level of haze in the air. The word is that this haze is due to fires in the west and Canada. It was in the mid 80's inland but stayed in the mid 60's down here near the shore. Lake Superior was calm.

July 11: Croftville enjoyed a beautiful summer day with generally clear skies and temperatures reaching the low 70's. However, we have an unusual abundance of mosquitoes which are rarely a nuissance close to Lake Superior's shore.

July 10: What a difference a day can make. Today it was partly cloudy with lots of sun, temperatures rose into the upper 70's along the shore, and Lake Superior was a deep sky blue. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the SSW with gusts of wind blowing out onto it.

July 9: It never even got close to 60 today on the Croftville Road. It was heavily overcast with on and off rain that was heavy at times. Lake Superior was calm and the surface of the lake could not be distinguished from the gray fog lying just off the shore. Try as I might, I just couldn't keep warm today.

July 8: Lake Superior has only ripples on its very pale purplish blue surface. You can faintly make out the hazy horizon, I think, but it could be an optical illusion. The sky is bright white but nonetheless overcast.

July 7: It stayed overcast all day long with heavy fog out on the lake but it never came into shore. There was a healthy breeze that was most of the time off the lake keeping the temperatures in the low 50's. We had 1-2ft gray waves with infrequent whitecaps from the SE.

July 6: The rain started in the afternoon and continued through the night. It was quite heavy at times and was accompanied with thunder and lightning. Temperatures were in the 60's and the lake had 6" to 1ft silver gray waves from the south. July 5: We had a clear, warm summer day on Croftville Road today. Temperatures fluctuated between the 50's and 70's depending on the direction of the breeze off the lake. Lake Superior was a light sky blue with 6" smooth waves from the SSE. The lilacs are in full bloom and the lupines are now coming into bloom.

July 4: I can't really distinguish today where Lake Superior ends and the sky begins. It is a clear day but there is a haze over the lake that seamlessly blends the calm pale blue lake with the pale blue sky at the horizon. The sun has warmed us into the mid 70's near the lake. There are blotches of glass and blotches of a textured surface on the lake.

July 3: Lake Superior is calm and pale blue against a clear blue sky. Temperatures climbed into the 60's.

July 2: Today I drove to Duluth. Temperatures by the lake stayed in the 50's but driving up the hill in Duluth quickly moved us into the low 80's. Lake Superior was mostly calm with 6" waves at the most and was a sky blue.

July 1: Lake Superior today was a steel blue with 1ft waves from the south. There was a nice breeze that kept it cool by the lake but the sun managed to get us into the 60's.

June
2013

June 30: Lake Superior was calm with a pale blue surface that had just a hint of purple in it. Temperatures were in the upper 60's and although sunny, never became completely clear. I heard the lingering haze may be from fires in Manitoba.

June 29: Wow, we had not even got to 70 this year down by the lake but today it made it to the low 80's for awhile this afternoon. Of course, the breeze came in off the lake and cooled it back down into the 60's with due haste. Lake Superior today is pretty calm with ripple coming straight in from the SSE. A thin layer of fog has refused to burn off completely all day with wisps of it passing through our yard every now and then. The lake is an unusual pale periwinkle in color and the horizon is very fuzzy.

June 28: We had another day of thunderstorms but at least today the sun came out at times. Temperatures were in the upper 60's and by North Shore standards it was almost muggy. The lake was calm and a pale blue gray most of the day.

June 27: It is the same story today. Thunderstorms, bouts of heavy rain, and lots of fog. Our lilac blossoms are starting to flower out. I noticed they had started flowering in Grand Marais last week. Temperatures are hovering in the 50's.

June 26: It was thunderstorms, heavy rain, and dense fog along Croftville Road today. Lake Superior itself remained fairly calm with little more than ripples coming from the SSW. The fog was so heavy that visibility in the afternoon and evening was about 50ft. I watched the fog bank over the lake that looked like a glacier.

June 25: It was a repeat of the beautiful summer day of yesterday. The calm lake formed interesting horizontal bands of texture and color. There was one band of shimmering white glass midway between the shore and the horizon.

June 24: A high of 62, clear sunny skies, and a relatively calm blue lake. This beautiful day feels like summer which we have not seen many glimpses of yet this year.

June 23: Could that be sunshine that finally showed up around 5pm today? Before the sun peeked out behind the partly cloudy skies, the day had been gray, foggy, and overcast. Lake Superior has silver gray 1ft waves from the SSE.

June 22: Croftville had light rain, overcast skies, and temps in the 50's today. Superior had a heavy fog sitting over its 6" metallic gray waves.

June 21: For all practical purposes, the rain still has not stopped. It is a steady, soaking rain that is heavy at times. Temperatures are in the low 50's, a heavy fog lies out over the lake, and we have silver blue 1ft waves from the SE.

June 20: Rain started about 8:30 last night and for all practical purposes didn't stop all day long. There is a heavy fog that is rising off the lake and at times comes into shore and drops visibility to 100ft or less. Lake Superior (what little you can see of it) is a silver blue with 1ft waves from the SE. Temperatures were in 50's.

June 19: Croftville enjoyed a gorgeous day today. Sunny skies with huge cumulus clouds passing through from time to time. We had highs in the 60's but the morning started at 42. Lake Superior was a deep blue and ripples on the surface.

June 18: Lake Superior was calm today with 2 horizontal equally spaced bands. The further out band near the horizon was a shiny light blue. The band near the shore was a grayish blue with a textured surface. Temperatures didn't make it out of the mid-50's.

June 17: Croftville Road was suny in the morning and overcast in the afternoon. A haze could be seen over the calm lake that may be a distant fog cover. It was cold in the low 50's but some of us sat warming ourselves by the fire.

June 16: A warm front came in overnight gettting our temperatures into the 60's today along the lake. However, the warm front also brought wind, and intense popcorn thunderstorms all through the afternoon and into the evening. We even had pea size hail come dow bout 5 minutes which was just enough time to briefly cover the grass. The winds helped to agitate the lake with 1-2ft dark blue gray waves. The layering of the cloud formations was truly spectacular.

June 15: We had a picture perfect day on Croftville Road yesterday afternoon with sun and a deep blue rippling lake. Overnight we had rain continuing into the morning. As evening began it got cold and was 42 degrees at 9pm. The weather can just change so quickly. June 14: It is a beautiful mostly clear day here in Croftville. Blue skies, a deep blue lake, 6" to 1ft waves from the SE, and temps in the low 60's. What I think is a distant bank of fog over Superior is creating the illusion that we can see land at the horizon.

June 13: Another calm day on Lake Superior with ripples from the SSW. Although we have clear skies, the skies over the lake is hazy leaving Superior a pale blue color. Temperatures stayed in the 50's most of the day but managed to just hit 60 for a high. The Canada geese are going wild flying by.

June 12: The lake calmed during the night and I was woke by the absence of the breaking water. The lake has stayed calm all day with rippled in the direction of the SSW. It is sunny with a hazy blue sky against the robin egg's blue lake. Temperatures climbed into the 60's.

June 11: I was told by many people that up over the hill it was sunny and warm this morning. But down by Lake Superior it cold with a heavy fog limiting visibility to a couple hundred yards. However, by noon the sun had burned the fog off of the shore and pushed it out over the lake. That left us with clear skies and a sun that quickly warmed things up into the 60's. The part of Lake Superior that was not obscured by fog had a steel blue surface, black shadows, and white highlights with 1ft waves from the SSW.

June 10: Brrr... It was another cold day along the lake. Never even saw 50 and with a light breeze it felt even cooler. Superior was realtively calm with ripples.

June 9: It was a cooler day today with temperatures in the 40's and squeaking out a high of 50 down by the lake. Lake Superior was calm with small ripples on its light blue surface. Rain began later in the afternoon and continued all night. We watched what is either a large crow or small raven foraging for worms in the yard. One of our guests said they saw him trying to go after the hummingbirds at their feeder but the hummingbirds were too quick and agile for him.

June 8: Lake Superior was glass today. Not even a ripple to be seen on its surface. A light mist could be seen rising off the water blending seamlessly the pale horizon line with the pale blue lake. Temperatures were back down in the 50's but we did manage a high of 57.

June 7: Do I dare say that it feels like summer today? Temperatures were in the 60's. Hooray! The skies were clear and sunny. We had small 6" waves from the SE with a sky blue lake surface with silver highlights.

June 6: Gitche Gumi was calm today. It was one of those days in which the separation between the lake and the sky if difficult to see. It was lightly overcast, the lake was a pale blue, and there was some fog or mist that could been seen over the lake. Temperatures were still in the low 50's.>br>
June 5: Lake Superior was glass this morning and stayed calm throughout the day with only ripples on the surface. It was lightly overcast all day casting a gray hue on the surface of the lake. Temperatures refused to leave the lower 50's which is graet working and hiking weather but mighty cold if you want to sit and relax.

June 4: In spite of the cold temperatures of 40's overnight and low 50's during the day, the forest is really starting to green up in full force. Although the mountain ash and elderberrries budded weeks ago, it is only in the last few days that I have noticed them with all their leaves. Superior had 1ft waves from the SSW switching from gray to blue as the sky switched from sun to overcast.

June 3: It was a beautiful sunny day in Croftville. The lake was a stark blue with dark gray shadows and had 1ft waves from the SSW. It was warm in the sun but cold in the shade with temperatures still in the low 50's by afternoon and dropping back down in the 40's by suppertime. We came close to a frost here on the lake overnight.

June 2: Lake Superior had 1-2ft waves from the SSW today. Skies were sometimes overcast and sometimes sunny. We keep hoping for some summerlike temperatures but it might be time to just be thankful for the low 50's and not expect anything more. The aspens are now leafed out with their young light green leaves and our lilacs are finally budding out.

June 1: June arrived with cold temperatures, the high barely made it to 50 today on Croftville Road. We had rain in the morning and rain in the afternoon with overcast skies all day. Lake Superior had a thick bank of fog out on the gray and relatively calm lake.

May
2013

May 31: We had an amazing wind, thunder, and rain storm come across the lake from the SSW around 5:00 this afternoon. The swirls of black and white from the storm front had such intricate patterns in them. It started with a wind and big drops coming down so hard that at first I thought it was sleet or hail. Lake Superior was all white caps when that intense wind that ushered in the storm hit. After about 10 minutes the wind subsided somewhat and the storm turned into a good heavy steady rain. Looks like the rain will last for quite awhile.

May 30: Overnight, the aspens now have the small light green leaves on them. It is such a beautiful color and it lasts only a short time before the leaves grow and turn to the darker mature color. Croftville had rain showers that just popped up out of nowhere several times today. A layer of fog could be seen hovering out over Superior. The lake is a metallic gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

May 29: Gitche Gumi is calm today with small 6" smooth waves from the SE. The lake is pale blue against a pale blue horizon and you can barely make out the line separating the two. There have been bouts of fog that have creeped in and out on the shore all day long. The skies overhead are clear and the temps just refuse to move from the low 50's.

May 28: Once again Lake Superior has 1ft waves from the SE. It was sunny and the sun felt good on your face. However, the temperatures stayed in the low 50's all day long in spite of the sun. It feels good to be outside as long as you are moving about, but sit down for a rest and you become chilled to the bone.

May 27: Lake Superior has 1ft waves from the SE today. The lake began the day a silver gray with purple shadows but after the sun came out it turned to a bright blue with black shadows. Temperatures are pleasant but just can't make it out of the 50's.

May 26: The full moon was so bright last night that it was more like day than night. The reflection off the lake seemed like a spotlight directed straight at you. Today we have plenty of sun and a silvery blue lake set against an almost white horizon. The lake is pretty calm with 6" waves from the SE. Highs today are expected to be in the upper 50's.

May 25: Today was lightly overcast with the sun trying hard to force its way out. Superior was blue with black highlights and 1ft waves from the SE. The lilacs are starting to leaf out.

May 24: The buds are finally appearing on the birch trees. The hummingbirds are here now in full force. Temperatures are in the 50's with sun and clear skies. The sky blue lake has 6" to 1ft waves from SE with silver highlights and black shadows.

May 23: Lake Superior had clear skies, 6" waves from the SSE, and a textured blue surface with black shadows and blue highlights. There was a cold breeze off of the lake and it stayed in the 40's all day long.

May 22: We traveled to Duluth today for a track meet. It rained all the way down and it rained all day at UMD. Temperatures were in the 50's and low 60's but sitting in the rain made it cold. Lake Superior was pretty calm with a purplish gray surface.

May 21: Croftville Road had another day of strong winds and rain. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves from the SE. The surface of the lake had 2 bands, the chocolate colored band near the shore and the grayish purple band further out speckled with whitecaps. Temperatures were in the 50's and low 60's.

May 20: Tremendous gusts of wind, lightning, rain, and thunder buffeted Lake Superior and its shore last night. This morning the waves had grown to 3-4ft from the SE. Lake Superior had 3 horizontal bands. The first band looked like root beer from the runoff and the churning of the water near the shore. The second band was a narrow transluscent aqua blue region. The last band was a dark puple highlighted with huge whitecaps out as far as you could see.

May 19: Croftville had rain on and off all day with overcast skies. Lake Superior was a purplish gray with waves growing throughot the day to 2-3ft from the SE. Strong winds picked up in the late afternoon and temperatures rose with the wind to 62 degrees after being on the low 50's the rest of the day.

May 18: Rain began in the morning and rained lightly all day long. Lake Superior was a silver gray with 1-2ft waves. There was a heavy fog over the lake during the night. We woke up hearing the fog horn from I think the Grand Marais harbor about every 10 minutes. It sounded so close that it is hard to think that the horn was coming from 3 miles away. One really fails to appreciate how well those low frequency sounds can carry over the surface of a lake.

May 17: The aspen are really budding now but no sign of buds on the birch yet. The lake had 1-2ft blue waves on it. High temperatures were in the low 50's. We put the hummingbird feeders out today and hope to see some soon.

May 16: Lake Superior was calm with only ripples on its surface today. Temperatures started in the 40's and made it into the 60's before quickly dropping back into the 40's in the evening. Most of the day there was a seamless connection between the blue lake and the lighter blue sky. Fog and water vapor off the surface of the lake blended them together. The mountain ash are really budding now and buds on the aspens have began to appear rapidly after the hot day yesterday.

May 15: Strong winds, a turbulent lake, and hot temperatures graced the North Shore today. The temperatures rose in the 70's. Large cumulus clouds provided comforting shade between the bouts of the hot sun. Lake Superior had 2-3ft waves from unusual oblique direction of the SSW. We saw several ore freighters hugging the shore today presumably because of the winds.

May 14: We had mostly clear skies, a blue lake with 1-2ft waves from the south, and cold temperatures in the 40's most of the day. Then at 5:00pm the temperatures started rising and got to 62 by sunset. It was still 58 degrees the next morning. The elderberries are following the gooseberries and now have large buds on them.

May 13: We had a frost last night and temperatures only managed to get to the mid 40's today along Croftville Road. The skies were clear this morning but then came fog followed by an overcast sky and even some sleet. The lake has 6" waves from the south and was a dazzling blue this morning.

May 12: Fishing opener and there were no boats passing through Grand Marais this weekend. That has to be a first, but there are still no inland lakes with the ice out. I saw 4 ore freighters pass by today. That is unusual becouse in good weather the freighters usually take the more southernly route. It started in the 30's but made it to a high of 52 today. The skies were sunny, the lake was blue and relatively calm, and that cold brisk wind was gone.

May 11: Snow and sleet were falling in Croftville yesterday. Luckily it was light and the ground is now too warm so there was no accumulation. Temperatures stayed in the low 40's throughout the day. The skies had patches of large dark clouds and sun. There was a powerful wind off the hill with even more impressive gusts. The wind buffeting the lake kept the waves subdued near the shore. You could watch the gusts as they moved out over the textured surface of the lake. Lake Superior was an aqua blue with silver highlights. Away from the shore you could see large waves and whitecaps everywhere. Sunset turned the lake pink.

May 10: The gooseberries are leafing out! Nothing else except the pussy willows even have buds on them yet. It was another day of sunny skies but the brisk wind off the lake kept the temperatures in the 30's and low 40's. The waves on Gitche Gume have changed direction from the SSW and are 2ft in amplitude.

May 9: There were sunny skies but with a wind off the lake it was cold and barely managed to get to 50 degrees. The lake has its voice again with 1ft waves from the SE. Superior was a silver blue against an almost white horizon.

May 8: In spite of 70's reported on the iron range, we are still waiting for our first 60 degree day down here by the lake. In spite of the clear skies this morning we only made it to the low 50's. Lake Superior is glass now for the second day. Looks like overcast skies are taking over this afternoon.

May 7: Lake Superior is glass today and the skies are clear. You can see the lake floor perfectly. The mallards, loons, merganzers, and coots are in heaven swimming back and forth in front of our place. I bet they are anxious for the ice to begin going out in the inland lakes. In the meantime, they are going to need to be patient for awhile longer. Fishermen too!

May 6: Lake Superior was blue with 6" waves from the south. We had clear skies and temperatures in the 30's-50's here on the lake.

May 5: The lake was gray and relatively calm with 6" to 1ft waves, temperatures rose to the low 50's, abd the skies were overcast.

May 4: And yet another day of cold temperatures just making it to the low 40's along Lake Superior. We had rain and heavily overcast skies. The lake was gray and relatively calm with 6" to 1ft waves.

May 3: Another day of cold temperatures in the lower 30's, overcast skies, and occasional light rain in Croftville. Lake Superior was gray with small 1ft waves.

May 2: It was cold, windy, and snowy. Temperatures stayed in the 30's and we woke up with 1" of accumulated snow with flurries continuing all day. We had it easy compared to our neighbors in SE Minnesota who had up to 15" of wet snow to fight with. Lake Superior was a deep gray with 2ft waves from the SSW.

May 1: Our welcome to May was a high of 40 degrees and overcast skies. They say snow is on its way. We made the time to have an afternoon fire and then rekindled it after dinner. We needed a white man's fire (big) to keep us warm as we enjoyed the 1ft waves and the variety of water fowl swimming past us.

April
2013

Apr 30: Afternoon sun was bookended by overcast skies by the lake today. It was cooler today and never made it to 50. Lake Superior had 1-2ft gray waves from the SSE. The morning had our first thunderstorm of the year complete with a brief but intense downpour that included bouts of hail.

Apr 29: We traveled to Duluth today. Lake Superior was a stunning blue and the rivers were the color of root beer with large chunks of ice sailing through them. Watching the swirl of color and textures as the ice and root beer swarmed into the blue lake was amazing. Temperatures were in the 50's all day but didn't quite find 60 here on the lake. We sat out and enjoyed the stars and our first fire of the season last night. The snow is finally gone from the fronts of our cottages.

Apr 28: Although rain threatened at times, today was another beautiful spring day on the Croftville Road. It stayed in the 40's last night and hit the 50's today for the first time I think since January of all times. Talk about mixed up seasons. I saw the first green grass creeping up against the foundations of the cottages. Lake Superior was a deep blue when the sun was out and a silver blue in the overcast sky. It was once again relatively calm with 6" to 1ft waves from the SE.

Apr 27: It was another beautiful spring day in Croftville. The snow is receding, there are partly cloudy skies, and the temperatures were again in the mid 40's. We are still looking for that first 50 degree day. Lake Superior was fairly calm with 6" to 1ft waves and the ducks are having a great time swimming past our shore. The lake is a silver blue with black highlights.

Apr 26: It is a beautiful spring-like day here. Temperatures in the 40's, partly cloudy skies, and 1ft blue waves from the south.

Apr 25: Croftville Road has partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the 40's, and 2ft waves from the SSE. Lake Superior is a dark blue with black shadows against a robin's blue horizon. Everyone in Grand Marais are scared to say the "S" word but we think winter may finally be waning.

Apr 24: Lake Superior is a bluish gray today with 1ft waves from the SSE and dark gray shadows. The skies are partly cloudy and temperatures have hovered in the 30's and low 40's all day.

Apr 23: We had rain and about 1-2" of accumulated wet snow last night. Today was cloudy over the lake, temperatures were in the 40's, and the lake was a bluish gray with 1-2ft smooth waves from the SE. I could see some patches of ice out on the lake but they never made their way into shore.

Apr 22: I woke up not to the sound of the waves but the sound of the snowplow passing by. The lingering of winter of comical. The good news is that it did get into the 40's today which turned most of the new snow to water or slush. Lake Superior had 2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE.

Apr 21: The morning started with sun. Lake Superior was a deep blue with 2ft smooth waves from the SE that didn't break until just before the shore. The sun didn't last long and by 10am we had rain and snow on and off throughout the day with turned to all snow in the evening. There was another 2" of wet heavy snow before I went to bed. Temperatures stayed in the 30's all day long.

Apr 20: The skies started to clear in the west last night and today we do not have a cloud in the sky and a bright sun. Lake Superior is a brilliant deep blue with black shadows against a sky blue horizon. The smooth waves are 1ft and have changed direction coming now from the south. With all that sun you would think it would be warm but we started at 15 degrees by the lake this morning and managed only the upper 30's by late afternoon. I hope this morning may be the end of shoveling snow, but I wouldn't place a bet on it this year.

Apr 19: Lake Superior is a silver gray today with 1-2ft smooth waves from the SE. The sky is again white with snow but we have been able to follow a halo of light that I presume is the sun across the sky throughout the day. Visibility on the Lake varies from about 50 feet to a half mile depending on the intensity of the snow. Temperatures have hovered around 28-30 degrees all day long and the snow has not ended even once today. I say we must have a good 12 inches accumulated wet snow on the ground. I have been saying all day that as a matter of principle I should not have to shovel snow on April 19. However, I have done it once already today and I will no doubt be out doing it yet again.

Apr 18: Lake Superior is a blackish blue today with 2ft smooth rolling waves from the SE. A lot of broken ice piled up on the shore last night and there is a lot more bobbing up and down in the waves the first 100ft from shore. I am not sure where all this ice is coming from. The sky today is white. Why, you ask, because it is snowing once again. 2" was on the ground when I woke up. It changed to a drizzle for awhile this morning and now is snowing heavy once again. I have heard it is to snow all through the night. It is mid April, isn't it?

Apr 17: At least one more sign of spring showed up today in spite of the snowcover, the pussy willows are beginning to bud. Of course, we do have yet another winter storm watch that started at 11:00am and is to last for the next 2 days. There is a healthy wind off the lake and 2-3ft waves with a smattering of whitecaps from the ESE. We saw an ore freighter heading toward Thunder Bay this afternoon. We also saw 2 regions of broken white ice moving in a current westward about 200ft off the shore.

Apr 16: At least I can say there was no measurable snow or rain today. The sun sneaked out a couple times during the day with the high getting into the upper 40's. It is nice to watch the snow turning to slush. Lake Superior was a dark gray with 2ft waves from the ESE.

Apr 15: Last night 6" of wet snow accumulated in Croftville. This morning the snow changed to a light rain and then returned to wet snow for the afternoon. This cycle of snow continues with more predictions of snow throughout the week. What a bizaar spring. Lake Superior had 2ft waves on a dark gray surface with no visible horizon.

Apr 14: With that great renewing sigh I came over the top of the hill on Interstate 35 and saw Lake Superior and Duluth laid out in front of us welcoming us back. I was struck by how brown the water at the head of the lake was. Presumably it is the spring runoff from the Saint Louis River. As I headed up the North Shore the lake turned to its beautiful transluscent aqua blue against a partly cloudy backdrop. 2ft waves from the ESE had occasional whitecaps. I am told I outraced another winter storm that followed me all the way from Rochester. They are predicting another 4-10 inches of snow tonight.

Apr 13: I traveled to southeast Minnesota last night and spent a rare day away from Lake Superior. It was good to see family, but I am struck by how much I was out of sorts being separated from the lake.

Apr 12: And the Minnesota winter that just will not end continues. Well yesterday's large waves from the ESE continued this morning. However, the snow that we thought we had missed finally made it to Minnesota's Northeast tip. 5" of fresh wet snow had fallen by noon and it was back to work with the snow shovel's.

Apr 11: No melting snow today with temperatures just below freezing and a heavily overcast sky. But the real news is the 4ft waves from the ESE and their roar. It has been quite a while since Lake Superior has been this stirred up. Whitecaps are seen all the way out to the horizon against the aqua blue translucent lake surface. They say it is snowing from Duluth south, but it looks like we are going to miss it except for the waves and cool air.

Apr 10: It is pretty much an exact repeat of yesterday. A silver gray Lake with 1-2ft waves from the SE under lightly ovecast skies. There was an ore freighter all lit up passing by shortly before we went to bed.

Apr 9: Our temperatures in the mid 40's have managed to wipe out the recent snows and we are now back to the original snow cover left from winter. Superior is a silver gray today against a white lightly overcast sky. Waves are from the SE with amplitudes of 1-2ft.

Apr 8: Our pattern seems to be set. Once again we started with 2" accumulation of fresh wet snow. Temperatures again rose to the mid 40's turning most of the new snow to slush. Lake Superior was once again a greenish gray with 2 ft waves from the SE.

Apr 7: That 2" accumulation of fresh wet snow turned into 6" yesterday. Our daughter was soaked through and through as she built snowmen and her last snow fort of the year. Temperatures rose into the mid 40's and started turning the snow into slush. Lake Superior was a greenish gray with 2ft waves from the SE.

Apr 6: Croftville has 2 inches accumulation of fresh wet snow on the ground this morning. Big beautiful flakes were coming down hard at daybreak. Superior has 2ft waves from the ESE and it a grayish opague green today.

Apr 5: In spite of the first night in a couple months without temperatures getting below freezing, Lake Superior was calm this morning with a sheet of ice about 100ft off the shore. The day was lightly overcast with a bluish gray surface. Temperatures made it into the mid 40's.

Apr 4: I could hear the waves pick up last night. Today we had 2ft waves coming straight in from the SSE. It was a beautiful spring day with a high of 40, a brisk breeze, and a bright blue lake and sky.

Apr 3: It was 20 degrees this morning with a beautiful red sunrise. The lake was glass and that was almost literally true since there was a thin sheet of ice our as far as I could see. Later in the morning the chinking sound of breaking glass could be heard a small waves began to break the ice up. By late afternoon the ice was gone and the lake took on a gray hue. Temperatures finally made it to 40 as well.

Apr 2: It was cold, windy, and sunny again. Temperatures just made it to 40 degrees. Lake Superior was a deep sky blue and calm with several different patches of textures on its surface.

Apr 1: We have seen 5 ore freighters today and 4 more yesterday afternoon. Two freighters passed each other right in front of Croftville Road Cottages which is pretty rare. I heard that the first salty was to reach Duluth today but we didn't see it pass by. It is cold (just above freezing), windy, and sunny. Lake Superior is a metallic blue with 1ft waves from the SSW.

March
2013

Mar 31: Happy Easter here in Croftville. We watched a ore freighter moving by this morning. There are strong winds with even stronger gusts pushing out on the lake. We also had heavy snow during Easter worship this morning but it was too warm to accumulate. The sun has now came out. Lake Superior is steely blue with 1ft waves from the SSW. Temperatures began the day in the upper 20's and don't look like they will make it past 37 in spite of the bright sun.

Mar 30: I heard it start raining last night. I don't think it has really rained since that warm weather in January. The rain continued until 11 this morning and then the sun tried to come up. But Lake Superior struck back and sent fog to put an end to that. Temperatures stayed in the 40's all day. Lake Superior was calm and had signs of thin sheets of ice on it in spite of the rain.

Mar 29: Sunny sky, a 45 degree high, a calm lake, and ice sheets is what we had along the Croftville Road today. I suspect we may be near the end of finding ice an Lake Superior.

Mar 28: It was another day in Croftville with a cloudless blue sky and a dazzling blue lake. There was however a thin white line on the lake near the horizon. I couldn't tell whether this is a mirage or a band of ice making its way on the lake. The temperature hit 45 today and the lake still had a textured surface but still with no discernable wave direction.

Mar 27: Temperatures are rising and the snow is beginning to melt on Croftville Road. It was near 40 degrees today but still at least 18" of snow cover along the shore. The lake was a bright dazzling blue with a textured surface against a pale baby blue horizon.

Mar 26: There were overcast skies over the lake. The lake was calm and dark. Temperatures climbed near 40 degrees.

Mar 25: We saw another ore freighter pass by today heading toward Duluth. With mostly sunny skies there was melting snow and ice abound.

Mar 24: Lake Superior is again calm but a much paler blue with the overcast skies. Temperatures only got to the low 30's today. We took a trip to Duluth this afternoon and were surprised at the amount of ice at the head of the lake even thought the shipping lanes are open. No ice can be seen here in Grand Marais.

Mar 23: We have a small owl hanging out by our bird feeders. He is not any bigger than the size of a softball when his feathers are all puffed out. He blends in perfectly with the roof of the bird feeder where he is perched. I think he may be interested in the chickadees that are feeding. I often have heard stories of how owls can be on the verge of starving late in the winter. I hope that is not the case with him. This is the 3rd day out of the last 4 that we have spotted him here at the feeder. Lake Superior is calm and blue with highs in the upper 30's.

Mar 22: It feels like spring today with highs in the upper 30's and a bright sun on an almost cloudless day. Lake Superior is bright blue against our heavy sno cover. We have small 6" waves coming straight in from the SSE. No signs of ice today.

Mar 21: We saw the lights of the first ore freighter of the year pass by our windows last night. The freighter was moving up the shore eastward from Duluth and was about a mile out. We had heard they had opened the Sault locks yesterday but it still surprising to see that first ship pass by. It makes the new shipping season real. Lake Superior was still yesterday with ice sheets the size of skating rinks drifting about. The white sheets gave Lake Superior a polka dot appearance against the light blue lake.

Mar 20: It was a cold day today that felt more like January than the first day of spring. We had partly cloudy skies and a high of 21 degrees. Lake Superior was calm but with a textured surface. The color of the lake was a silver blue with blotches of varying shades as clouds passed over.

Mar 19: When I went to bed last night we heard loud cracking and crunching sounds coming from Superior. I suspected that large quarter to half mile shelf of broken ice was starting to break up. Sure enough, when I woke up this morning all that was left was a few small chunks of ice in a clear black lake. The lake was black because I had to get up early to shovel. I bet we had 5 inches of new snow yesterday and the winds this morning were blowing it everywhere even though it felt like they were particularly focusing on my face.

Mar 18: The temperatures maintained 20's all day and the snow came down steadily until late afternoon when it changed to steady and hard. The sheet of ice from yesterday has crumpled into stacked ice shards for a quarter to half mle out. After that the lake was black with just a hint of blue in it. The snow started to acculmulate on the ice which after awhile ended the small undulations of the ice from waves making their way to shore. By late afternoon the ice shelf appeared to have set into one solid chunk.

Mar 17: Wow! did it get cold last night. It was only 4 degrees here on the lake this morning but the sun managed to get it into the low 20's this afternoon. A sheet of ice as far as I could see was heading to shore this morning. It got here about noon from the SE and then pushed westward along the shore grinding and stacking ice on the shore as it went. It also created all sorts of rivers through the ice as sheets broke off and separated. I judged the ice moving west about 3 inches per second around 5:00. Most of the ice near shore was clear and 1-2" thick. However, the ice further out was white with snow and I would guess is considerably thicker.

Mar 16: We traveled down the shore today to Silver Bay before cutting across to Virginia. There were nasty driving conditions the whole way with snow plows clearing and sanding the highways from the overnight snow. It was cold, too. Seemed more like December or January, not the middle of March. Lake Superior was a bluish gray with no ice to be seen.

Mar 15: The lightly overcast skies kept the temperatures in the upper 20's today. Lake Superior was relatively calm and blue.

Mar 14: Lake Superior had a dark blue rippled surface, clear light blue skies, and temperatures in the upper 30's.

Mar 13: It was 10 degrees down by the lake this morning. However, the clear blue skies allowed the sun to warm things up nicely into the upper 30's. Superior only had blue ripples but you could see chunks of ice of all sizes scattered on the surface.

Mar 12: Today we have a fine snow/mist coming down in Croftville. The temperatures are in the mid 20's with a cold wind. Lake Superior has a textured gray surface but no discernable direction for the waves.

Mar 11: Temperatures stayed in the 20's today with heavily overcast skies. Lake Superior had 1ft gray waves from the SE. You can see bands of ice filled water out on the lake. Looks like my daughter's snowman will live for another day.

Mar 10: It was perfect snowman building and snowball throwing conditions today. We had 6" of fresh heavy wet snow and temperatures in the 30's. Unfortunately, it was the worst conditions for snow shoveling. We made the best of the snow shoveling and then my daughter had a great afternoon making an immense snowman and throwing snowballs. Outside it was a winter wonderland with snow sticking to everything. The ice shelf created yesterday by the stormy lake and the adhesive power of the wet snow was eroded in places by the turbulent lake. Every once in a while a piece of the ice shelf would break off and then be pulled out slowly as an island into Superior. The effect was a ice shoreline that would remind you of the fjords in Norway in miniature. Lake Superior was a bluish black today against a dark gray sky and a black horizon line.

Mar 9: Snow started to fall shortly after sunrise in Croftville. It snowed continuously until 10pm, heavy at times, picking up about 6" of heavy wet snow. It was beautiful outside with the wet snow sticking to the trees. Temperatures were in the upper 30's. Lake Superior had 3-4ft waves which built up an ice shelf along the shore for about 50 feet out that got cemented in place by the wet snow.

Mar 8: We woke up this morning to broken up ice undulating in 2ft waves. The ice could be seen for about a mile out. As the day went on the band of ice stayed against the shore but steadily grew smaller and smaller. By tonight the band was only a 100 yards or so instead of a mile. I am not sure where all that ice went but I think it just melted into the water with all the wave action.

Mar 7: Lake Superior had large sheets of ice on it for as far out as I could see today. The sheets were pushing the ice gently towards shore. This resulted in the constant crinkling sound of breaking glass all day long. There was sun, the lake was calm, and temperatures stayed around freezing.

Mar 6: Croftville had sun and temperatures in the 30's. The lake was calm and blue. We woke up this morning with a dusting of snow which had melted away by afternoon.

Mar 5: They kept saying we would get a winter storm but even though it covered all of the state of Minnesota all day long, it somehow forgot about our little NE corner. Not a snowflake all day. However, looking across the lake to northern Wisconsin the skies were a dark blue gray with the snow coming down. Here the skies were lightly overcast, temperatures were in the 20's, and the lake was mostly calm with scattered bands of ice cubes.

Mar 4: The temperatures didn't get out of the 20's today and the skies were lightly overcast. Lake Superior continued to push ice up on the shore this morning. By the afternoon the waves had picked up to 2ft and had pulverized the ice and pulled it back into the lake.

Mar 3: Croftville had another beautiful sunny day with a high of 32. Lake Superior crinkled all day long as a large smooth ice sheet pushed into the shore stacking up on itself. There was ice out as far as I could see and a sizable current moving westward along the shore.

Mar 2: It was a beautiful sunny day with highs in the 30's. Lake superior had 2ft waves from the SE. The lake was a deep blue but there are huge areas of ice that change the texture and color of Superior. Up near the shore the ice turned the water to a very light blue green.

Mar 1: March began in Croftville with rivers and currents forming in the ice on the lake. I never quite understand these currents that run longitudinally along the shore but they are fun to watch. I believe they have to do with sheets of ice pushing against the shore and then have only 3 choices, push onto the shore, move right, or move left. The latter 2 choices create the currents.

February
2013

Feb 28: February ended in Croftville with 2-3ft waves coming all the way from the ESE. The lake was deep blue except near the shore where a combination of runoff and the churnng of the waves left Superior with a brownish hue. Skies had plenty of ominous looking clouds but plenty of sunshine, too which pushed the temperatures into the 40's once again.

Feb 27: Lake Superior has picked up today with 2-3ft waves from the south. They are eating away at any ice built up on the shore and swallowing it up in chunks. The lake is a dark greenish blue and has the look of spring against a stormy sky. Temperatures made it into the 40's today. Last night again almost couldn't be called night because it was so bright out.

Feb 26: The moon is full and it was so bright last night that it was hard to believe it was nighttime. The skies were clear and the moonlight reflected off the snow, the water, and the ice on the calm lake. I expect another bright night tonight and watched a stunning orange moonrise just minutes ago. Today was beautiful and springlike with 1ft waves from the SSW.

Feb 25: The lake was glass today. The blotches of ice on the water just drifted without direction in the absence of wind and wave. It felt like spring today with temperatures getting close to 40, clear blue skies, and the sun beating on you from ever higher in the sky.

Feb 24: It was a warm and partly cloudy day on Lake Superior with temperatures in the upper 30's for a high. The lake was so calm that there seemed to be ice forming in spite of the warm temperatures. I suspect that what really was happening is that ice was just quietly drifting in towards shore. The lake had a blotchy look to it with the ice islands mixed with open water.

Feb 23: If it wasn't for the Red Osier Dogwood along the bank there would have been no color whatsoever looking out at Lake Superior today. The snow was white, the lake was silver gray, the ice fields floating on the lake were white, the horizon was dark gray, and the sky was a light gray overcast that never allowed any direct sunlight through. If there were any waves they were at most about 6".

Feb 22: I can see the white strip of ice hovering out about a half mile from the shore. Here near the shore it is all water. The lake is calm and a grayish blue. Temperatures are hovering right around freezing with mostly cloudy skies.

Feb 21: We had a low of 4 temps warmed up into the 20's with the sun. We have 2-3ft waves from the SE with lots of whitecaps further out. The lake is a dark blue and the horizon over the lake has dark purple clouds but overhead it is all sun. Some of the missing ice was brought back to shore by the waves. The water for the first 400 yard is like one giant ice smoothie.

Feb 20: Temperatures have rebounded today into the 20's after the wind and the single digit temperatures it ushered in have left. The lake has small waves from the SE and patches of ice visible on its deep blue surface. The dark clouds at the horizon have disappeared with the horizon almost white. The color turns a robin egg blue as you look upward at the clear and sunny sky.

Feb 19: The wind started blowing last night and I thought I was back on the prairie in southern Minnesota where I grew up. It gusted over the hill and buffeted Lake Superior with tremendous force. The half mile of broken and stacked up shards of ice that we watched otters playing on yesterday was completely gone this morning. The wind picked up the waves which loosened the ice which in turn was pushed out into the lake by the wind. I imagine that some of the ice melted from the friction of the waves but most of it has just been pushed out of sight.

Feb 18: It was reported by our guests that while snowmobiling on the Gunflint Trail they had seen a moose and a wolf. Temperatures today are in the low 30's. The large sheet of ice from yesterday has been replaced by broken and stacked up ice for about a quarter to a half mile out. After that Superior is a dark blue.

Feb 17: Temperatures were back in the 20's all day and a light snow started mid-afternoon. The real story today is the ice. Crinkling ice stacked up on itself for the first 100 feet from shore. The rest of the lake was a calm thin layer of ice out as far as I could see. About 2pm the thin ice began to pull away from the shore leaving an ever widening river moving westward about 100ft from the shoreline.

Feb 16: It was a cold morning at 2 below. However, once the sun rose above that dark cloudbank on the horizon you could feel that the sun has more heating power. As spring approaches the sun climbs higher and higher in the sky. The lake had a band of open water near the shore but out futher you could see a large solid band of white ice. That became more obvious when we went up to Pincushion Mountain and could get a view from higher up. It will be interesting to see if that large shelf of ice will drift to the shore.

Feb 15: Temperatures fell to zero last night and stayed in single digits all day. Lake Superior is calm and there is ice out as far as you can see. Close in to shore there are patches of open water. That dark black cloud on the horizon is still there and it was about 10:00am before the sun finally rose up above it.

Feb 14: Lake Superior was calm this Valentine's morning. Even though the temperatures stayed in the 20's last night, we woke up to blotches of ice out as far as we could see. Now that the lake has cooled down to freezing ice conditions on the lake can change quickly and often. I am writing this at 10am but small waves from the SE have began and already the ice that was prevalent just a couple hours ago is now gone. The dark, almost black, cloud bank hugging the horizon is still present as it has been for several days now.

Feb 13: A warm day in Croftville with a high of 37 and sun at times. The lake was a silver gray and fairly calm. There was a dark gray cloudbank hugging the horizon over the Superior.

Feb 12: Daybreak today had a almost black cloud cover at the horizon with the lake a lighter bluish silver. Above those black clouds the sky was only lightly overcast. Temperatures stayed in the 20's throughout the day.

Feb 11: Snow started yesterday at 4:00pm and came down furiously with about 10 inches falling by 7:00pm when the snow quit. My son went down to the lake last night and said the ice drifts along the shore had built up to 10 ft high. This morning the ice drifts and the ice on the lake had disappered. We had 2ft rolling waves on a smooth blackish gray surface from the SE. Temperarures stayed in the upper 20's all day long as we shoveled out from the snowstorm.

Feb 10: Temperatures stayed just around freezing last night and we woke up with a layer of ice coating everything this morning. A good portion of the ice disappeared overnight. Instead of ice out about 400 yards we now only have ice out about 100 yards from shore. Some of it may have piled up on shore but most of it either melted or got pulled back out in the lake. The lake is a purple blue with powerful 4ft waves and whitecaps except where the ice is. The ice band is now a bluish white and very loud with the ice colliding into itself. Today is heavily overcast and they are predicting heavy snow later.

Feb 9: It was a striking red sunrise through a thin band of clouds on the horizon. As the sun rose it soon disappeared behind the dark overcast cloud cover. The lake had 2 bands. The lower band was a light silver blue of the broken ice that had all been pushed to within a quarter mile of the shore. The upper band was a purple blue and had sizable waves pushing the ice toward the shore. The ice band had long wavelength smooth 2 foot waves undulating gently through the broken ice.

Feb 8: Sheets of broken ice are making their way to the shore today. There are 2 ft drifts of broken ice piled up along the shore. The lake has calmed down from yesterday with only a faint sign of waves which is just enough to hear the crinkling sound of the ice bumping together. Lake Superior is a purplish blue and the sky jumps between sun and overcast. Temperatures made it into the 20's.

Feb 7: Two foot waves from the SE have broken up the ice that was forming out a ways on Superior. That ice can now be seen working its way to the shore. I wouldn't be surprised if it begins piling up on the shore later today. Skies are overcast with light fluffy snow falling. The lake is gray and contrasts against the white snow cover.

Feb 6: The lake was calm this morning but with again 2 very distinct textures. Close in the lake was glass and futher out their were blotches of a rougher surface. It had all the signs of ice forming. Later in the day a fluffy snow started to fall and that cinched it. Those blotches out on the lake became white. We definately have ice now forming on the lake. I suspect that the combination of a calm Superior and a sustained splee of cold weather did it. It is so fun to see ice forming this early on the big lake when we had no ice here at all last winter.

Feb 5: We had 3 inches of fluffy snow fall last night. Today the sky is clear and light blue. The lake has a purplish blue textured surface with small 6" waves with an unusually long wavelength from the SE. Temperatures are in the 20's.

Feb 4: Temperatures got down to 5 below last night but rebounded quickly today. The bright sun got us into the upper teens. There were 2 distinct textures on the lake this morning. This may be an indication of ice starting to form on the surface. If it was ice and the lake has really cooled down to 32 degrees then I should be seeing this again and again especially on cold, calm mornings. I suspect I am mistaken. Normally ice doesn't begin to form until the latter part of February but no ice formed at all last year. Although we have had a couple significant cold spells in January, we have had very warm weather as well. Today Lake Superior is calm with a dark blue textured surface.

Feb 3: Another cold day today never reaching 10 degrees. Again it was sunny with the lake a deep sky blue with black shadows. Waves were 1ft from the SSW.

Feb 2: Temperatures only got down to 3 degrees last night here on the lake and rebounded into the teens this afternoon. It was a sunny day. The lake was a deep sky blue with black shadows. The waves were only 1ft from the south but somehow managed a few whitecaps out a ways on the lake.

Feb 1: Lake Superior was a silver with a textured surface that had no discernable wav direction to it. The sky was mostly sunny with small puffs of white clouds dotting it. The exception was that dark gray cloud assembled over the lake the was building from the water vapor you could see twirling and rising from the surface. Morning temperatures were below zero and didn't get past the single digits today.

January
2013

Jan 31: January ends with a repeat from yesterday. Temperatures in the single digits. The big lake is calm and gray. You can see the water vapor rising off the lake in little vortexes.

Jan 30: Temperatures dropped last night down to 5 degrees this morning. Lake Superior is gray and calm today. We have overcast skies with temperatures hovering around in the single digits.

Jan 29: Lake Superior is gray, has 1 ft waves from the SE, and the sky over her is overcast. Temperatures along the lake were well above freezing all day long. The morning started with rain and changed over to sleet before ending around 10am.

Jan 28: Warm temperatures have returned. We will hope that these 30's and 40's will be short lived to protect our wonderful and fresh snow cover. The big lake was calm and gray today with a bright band of light near the horizon.

Jan 27: Lake Superior is grayish silver today with 1ft waves from the SE. Temperatures started in the 20's and ended in the 30's with light clouds overcasting the sky. It is another great day to be out enjoying winter sports.

Jan 26: Light snow was falling throughout today picking up about 2 inches. Temperatures stayed in the teens, the lake was gray with 6" waves from the SSE, it was a great day for being outside enjoying the winter sport of your choice in Croftville.

Jan 25: There were small 6" waves from the south with limited visibility from the heavy snow this morning on the lake. Considering the gusts of wind I was surprised to see the Superior so calm. There must be 8 inches of fresh snow on the ground after the snow quit by midmorning. Lots of shoveling but it is so nice to see a healthy snow cover down here by the lake. I know my son is thrilled at his prospects for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Jan 24: Ouch! 14 below was back this morning. Temperatures creeped up to 10 degrees by nightfall. I left before dawn, was inside all day, and didn't get back until dark so I never got to see the lake today. A light snow began to fall tonight and the winds have picked up. They say we may have heavy snow by morning.

Jan 23: It was 2 above this morning but with strong winds which made it feel terribly cold. The gray lake was relatively calm with 1ft waves from the SSW again. Coming down the Gunflint Trail after picking up my sun from Pincushion Mountain for CC ski practice I got the full appreciation of the massive cloud formation hovering over Lake Superior assembled from the rising steam off the lake. It is dark, swirling, and impressize as it follows the contour of the shoreline about 100 yards from the shore.

Jan 22: It was 15 below this morning which is the coldest temperature I have seen right on Lake Superior in a few years. I heard that people over the hill were at 28 below. The steam continues to rise off the lake churning into the low hanging clouds. Unlike yesterday, the skies cleared a bit and we had sunshine and a brief break in the below zero temperatures. We managed to get to 4 above zero for a short while this afternoon. Superior was blue near the shore but gray further out under the low clouds hovering over the lake.

Jan 21: It was 13 below when we got up; it had warmed to 12 below by noon; and then the heat wave hit at sunset when it got to a balmy 11 below. Lake Superior looks so mysterious with the steam coming off of it and rising into the grayish swirling cloudbank over the water. Waves on the gray lake were 1-2ft from the SSW.

Jan 20: The cold made it here overnight with a morning temperature of 5 below and temperatures hovering on either side of zero for most of the day. There was a beautiful red and orange sunset in the SW with the colors twisting through the low cloudbank above Superior. Temps really began to drop after that and were at 10 below zero before I retired for the night.

Jan 19: The bitter cold temps never came last night. Instead it continued to snow overnight and all morning. We must have picked up another 3 inches. Temperatures peaked at 33 degrees at 2pm this afternoon and then steadily dropped to 5 degrees by 9pm. With the dropping temperatures the winds picked up with some tremendous gusts. The snow made gray clouds hang over Lake Superior all day. Lake Superior was a greeninsh gray with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Jan 18: Instead of temperatures dropping overnight they went up slightly and brought snow around 6am. The light and fluffy snow continued all day long picking up about 6 inches by late afternoon along our shore. Lake Superior. The snow produced a silver sky which produced silver gray 1ft waves from the SE. Temperatures have made their way back into the 20's but the predictions are for bitterly cold temps arriving tonight.

Jan 17: It was 2 below when I woke up and 2 below when I went to bed. Inbetween times the temperatures stayed in the single digits. Lake Superior was fairly calm with gray 1-2ft waves and a gray cloudy sky.

Jan 16: Another 2 inches of snow fell last night giving us a 4" snowcover down by the lake. I have heard snow conditions are good again for trails on the lower Gunflint. Temperatures were at single digits when I went to bed but was up to 32 degrees when I woke up. The pendulum then swung low again and had dropped to 5 degrees by 7pm. The steel blue lake had 3-4ft waves from the SSE with partly sunny skies.

Jan 15: Temperatures rose over night and we woke up to 18 degrees this morning and 2 inches of snow. Hooray, at least our snow cover is now going in the right direction. Winds are strong today and so are the massive 5ft waves with whitecaps everywhere you look. The lake is my favorite steel blue except near the shore where it takes on a greenish transluscent quality.

Jan 14: It was 5 degrees this morning and temperatures rose into the double digits before dropping back into the single digits at night. The steel blue lake had 3-4ft waves from the south covered with a partly sunny sky.

Jan 13: It was 9 degrees this morning and we are back to normal January temperatures for the first time in a week. The sun is out and Lake Superior is calm. You can see the water vapor rising from the surface and the familiar dark cloudbank sitting over the lake in cold temperatures has returned. Now we must patiently wait for snow.

Jan 12: I woke up to 43 degrees this morning. The rain has just stopped and Lake Superior is a steel gray out a ways but closer in it is a beautiful aquamarine. The waves are from the SSW and a monsterous 5ft in height. The huge breaking waves with the enormous whitecaps are mesmerizing with the water capturing the light from the sky. By noon the temperatures finally began to fall: 32 degrees by 2:00, 26 degrees by 4:00, 18 degrees by 7:00. There were a few snow flurries but there is no snow left down here on the shore.

Jan 11: Another warm day today along Lake Superior. I woke up to 42 degrees and it stayed in the mid 40's all day. The colder temperatures and freezing rain forecast never arrived. It rained all day long. And that rain absolutely obliterated our snow cover. If it had only been 15 degrees colder we could have added 20 inches to our snow, instead we get to start over with bare ground. Is this really January? Lake Superior was dark gray against the light gray sky. Waves were from the south and 1-2ft.

Jan 10: It was a warm day today with temperatures never even seeing freezing overnight and reaching well into the 40's along the shore. Sunrise greeted us to clear skies with a haze near the horizon that partly diffused the early morning sun. Plenty of orange and pinks that even reflected off the 2ft foot choppy waves from the south. The sunshine gave us a blue Lake Superior all day but rain moved into Cook County after sunset. They say it should turn to freezing rain but it is not clear to me that it will get cold enough along Lake Superior for that to happen.

Jan 9: The lake had large 4ft waves from the SSW today with whitecaps seen far out from the shore. Temperatures made their way to the 40's.

Jan 8: I wasn't outside to enjoy the lake at all today. My daughter saw an ore freighter both this morning and this evening. Temperatures made it into the 40's today along the lake. Waves were again from the south and 3ft.

Jan 7: Lake Superior had powerful 3-4ft waves from the south today. Sunrise was red like a laser. There was just a small clear slit at the horizon that the sun could be seen before it rose behind the cloudbank. The result was almost a pure red light with all the other colors diffracted out where the sunlight goes through the maximum amount of the earth's atmosphere.

Jan 6: There were huge cumulus clouds in the sky today. The lake was a steel blue with 2ft waves from the south. I saw 3 ore freighters pass by.

Jan 5: We have been living in our travel trailer while renovating our house. The trailer was just too cold and too expensive to heat so we moved into Cottage 1 for the next couple months. It is so fun to see the lake again. I had forgotten how common it is for freighters to pass by in January until the Sault locks close. We had 4 freighters pass by today.

Jan 4: The weather today was partly sunny with highs in the low 30's. Lake Superior had 1-2ft deep blue waves from the SSW but the sound of the lake would have made me think the waves were twice as high.

Jan 3: Walking along the lake near sunset was amazing. The lake itself had 2ft waves from the SSW with a bluish black surface against a cloudy horizon over the lake. The sun setting in the SW turned the cloud banks in the vicinity a blazing pink. That pink reflected off the crests of the breaking waves near the shore.

Jan 2: It was overcast all day and the lake just had a hint of blue in the vast sea of gray. Temperatures stayed in the 20's all day getting close to 30 in the afternoon. There were 1ft smooth waves and light fine snow coming down.

Jan 1: Lake Superior was steel blue and had 6" waves from the SSW for New Year's Skies were partly sunny with itinerant clouds passing by. Temperatures started at 6 this morning and hit 20 briefly this afternoon but the brisk winds made it feel a good deal cooler.

December
2012

Dec 31: The last day of the year finds Lake Superior with partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures with highs just getting out of the single digits. The lake is steel blue except for the blinding silver where the sun is reflecting off the surface. We end the year with smooth 1ft waves from the SSW.

Dec 30: It was lightly overcast today with 1ft smooth waves from the SE. The lake at sundown was striking. The horizon was almost white but the sky over the lake was heavily overcast leaving Lake Superior a dark greenish gray.

Dec 29: It didn't show up on the radar but we were blessed with about 5" of fluffy "lake effect" snow that started about 5:00am and ended about 11:00am. The sky is gray and the lake is a greenish muddy gray. We have 1ft smooth waves coming straight in from the SSE.

Dec 28: Last night the sky had clouds the looked like scallops you see in the gable peaks of Victorian homes. The waning moon would shine through in the gaps between the scalloped clouds and was mesmorizing. They were predicting snow for Grand Marais but all we got were flurries all day long that amounted to just a dusting. There were gray skies, a gray lake, 6" to 1ft waves from the SE, and temperatures in the 20's.

Dec 27: Lake Superior was mild today with 6"-1ft waves back to the more normal direction from the SE. We started with mostly with mostly clear skies this morning but changed to heavily overcast skies by mid-afternoon. Temperatures ranged from single digits to mid 20's. The lake had the bank of clouds over it and it took until 8:15 for the sun to rise over the cloud bank. There were hints of silvery blue on the lake this morning but it turned to a bleak gray in the afternoon.

Dec 26: Except for that bank of clouds hanging low out over Lake Superior, we had a clear and sunny day in Crofville. The lake was calm with a textured surface of silvers and sky blue.

Dec 25: It was only 4 degrees this Christmas morning. This was the first day this winter that the cloud bank that hovers over Lake Superior on very cold days appeared. You can watch the water vapor from the now warm lake rising in mini cyclones upward. Temperatures barely managed to get into the teens today and the biting wind from the west continues.

Dec 24: Lake Superior is starkingly beautiful today. We have mostly sunny skies and the textured lake has many blues, silvers, and blacks in it. The wind is tremendous coming generally from the west traveling along the shore. The waves are again coming from the oblique SW direction and are not very big near the shore but you can see huge white caps far out on the lake. Temperatures managed to get into the teens but the wind chill was bracing. Temperatures plummeted after a pink sunset into the low single digits.

Dec 23: The clouds dissipated last night leaving a dazzling clear sky and plummeting temperatures into the single digits. As a result, for the third morning in a row we had clear skies at sunrise. The horizon to the SE had a hefty bank of clouds so it was about an hour after sunrise before the sun emerged above them. We had a bright blue lake with 6" waves stil from the unusual SW.

Dec 22: Last night we had two ore freighters cross paths right in fron of Croftville Road Cottages. Today we saw several more freighters out on the lake. I'm not sure why we are seeing so much traffic right before Christmas. We had a second clear sunrise this morning from the SE the day after the solstice. With it were blue skies, a steel blue lake, and 1-2ft waves way over from the SW. The clear skies didn't last for long though, and we were back to the overcast and gray lake by afternoon.

Dec 21: I had to do a double take this morning. There are clear skies and sun. It seems like it has been many weeks since we have had a clear day. Lake Superior has a textured steel blue surface with 1ft SSE waves with an unusually long period breaking at the shore. It is so refreshing to have the blinding silver relfection of the sun moving across the lake. Temperatures dropped into the low teens last night.

Dec 20: Snow fell from sunrise to noon and accumulated about an inch. Other than that, temperatures were in the 20's and 30's, we had gray skies, and we had a gray lake.

Dec 19: This morning we had a beautiful red sunrise in the SE and a frosting of snow to wake up to. The red sun had just a narrow slit on the horizon it passed through before disappearing behind a heavy cloud bank. Temperatures actually warmed up ovenight and were at freezing by morning and stayed in the 30's all day. After sunrise the sky became overcast and turned the lake into its familiar gray color for this time of year.

Dec 18: Gray skies, gray lake, and temperatures in the 20's.

Dec 17: More gray skies, a gray lake, and temperatures have dropped into the 20's.

Dec 16: We lost most of our snow to the rain yesterday. Temperatures have cooled a little but the highs are still in the 30's next to Lake Superior. It would be fun to see some blue in the sky or lake but the gray continues to prevail.

Dec 15: Waves picked up last night and are 2-3ft from the SE today. Temperatures started in the 30's this morning and have passed 40 by noon. The snow is really melting now. Rain started at noon and if it keeps up there may be little snow left by tonight.

Dec 14: Temperatures are back up in the 30's today and our new snow is once again in danger of melting. Skies are mostly overcast which helps keep the melting at a slow pace. The lake is once again calm and it is eerily quiet without the breaking sound we are used to.

Dec 13: Superior was quiet with just ripples on it. The sky was gray and overcast and the lake was gray with a greenish tint near the shore. There was an amazingly bright planet in the eastern sky but I never saw the meteor shower that was predicted.

Dec 12: A dusting of snow fell during the day. Lake Superior is again a dark gray textured surface with 1ft waves. The overcast sky and light snow limited visibility on the lake to about a mile. Temperatures started the day at 13 degrees but was 37 by nightfall.

Dec 11: Another 4" of snow fell along the lake today. This left Superior a dark textured gray with visibility about a quarter mile before the snow became all you could see. It was big fuffy snowflake and easy shoveling.

Dec 10: It snowed lightly all day long picking up a couple inches of finely grained snow. Lake Superior was a dark gray with a hint of green close to the shore. Waves were 1-2ft coming in straight from the SSE. Visibility with the snow was less than a half mile out on the lake. Temperatures stayed in the 20's.

Dec 9: Snow finally returned to Croftville overnight. We woke up with an inch of fresh snow on the ground, light snow with large flakes coming down, and temperatures in the 30's. Lake Superior has 1ft waves coming straight in from the SSE. You can see the textured muddy gray surface for about a half mile before it disappears into a white cloud of snow. Fresh loosely packed snow has an amazing sound deadening capacity. The only sounds the snow didn't absorb during my walk was the rush of the lake. It was so quiet.

Dec 8: The morning started with 6" waves from the SE but once again by late morning the lake was completely calm. The sky once in awhile showed signs of blue but the lake stayed a greenish gray. Temperature were in the 20's and 30's.

Dec 7: There was a decent wind today and this morning we had 1ft waves from the unusual direction of the SW. However, by late morning the lake was perfectly calm. Mostly overcast skies gave us another day of a colorless lake.

Dec 6: It was almost balmy out today with highs in the upper 30's and lightly overcast skies. A heavier cloud cover billowed to the south over Lake Superior. The lake was gray with 2ft waves from the south. Dec 5: They said a storm was on its way but it fizzled out. The sounds from the lake supported an oncoming storm with waves growing to over 3ft. It is funny to watch on the radar as a storm moves across northern Minnesota only to stop dead in its tracks and disappear when it gets to Lake Superior.

Dec 4: The big news today was that we had sustained sunshine for the first time in a long time. Blue partly cloudy skies gave us a steel blue lake. Temperatures dropped over 20 degrees from yesterday with hghs only in the mid 20's.

Dec 3: Waves are back from the SE and are 3ft today. The lake is gray and the sky got blacker as the day went on. Mist started around 9am and progressed to a steady medium rain by 3pm. Temperatures were in the upper 40's by the lake. It felt more like spring than the start of winter.

Dec 2: The waves are gone, the lake is quiet, and it is still in the 40's. An almost glass surface this morning eventually became about 6" waves from the SSE. Gray skies and a gray lake once again. The rain has stopped but it has taken most of our snow with it down here on Superior.

Dec 1: Lake Superior has greenish gray 3ft waves coming in straight from the SSE. The skies are overcast and the horizon is a hazy white blur. Temperatures by the morning had risen to 40 degrees. Light rain has begun to fall and may jeopardize our small snow cover. Only 2 days ago I was convinced that the snow that came down this last week was going to stick until spring. We will have to see how much is left by tonight.

November
2012

Nov 30: The waves were loud through the night and by the time I awoke I found some fresh snow drifted by the winds. The waves were 4-5ft, still from the SE, and a blackish gray. The sky at the horizon actually had a hint of blue which I haven't seen for many days. The rest of the sky was the usual overcast gray. Temperatures were in the upper 20's all day but by nightfall began rising.

Nov 29: Today the waves grew to 4 feet and shifted to the SE. Gray overcast skies and gray waters abound. Temperatures stayed in the 20's and snow began just after dark.

Nov 28: This morning again there are 2ft waves from the south with temperatures rising into the 20's from the single digits. Gray skies and gray lake against the white snow on the shore.

Nov 27: This morning there is 2ft waves from the south with temperatures in the 20's. The sky is heavily overcast medium gray and the lake is a lead gray. The snow on the shore really sets off the gray of the water.

Nov 26: We had sun at times today but most of the day was light gray overcast skies. Likewise the lake was a slightly darker gray with 2ft waves from the south.

Nov 25: We woke up this morning with 3" of fluffy snow on the ground. Lake Superior had a black cloud bank covering it to the south. The lake itself had was relatively calm with a dark gray textured surface. Temperatures remained in the 20's throughout the day.

Nov 24: It was a beautiful cloudy day with occasional breaks of sunshine here in Croftville. The lake was once again a bluish silver with a highly textured surface but with minimal waves. Temperatures were in the 20's but started creeping near 30 near nightfall. This coincided with the start of snow that was heavy at times.

Nov 23: And with a snap of the fingers it is winter. Rain started coming down after dark last night and eventually turned to snow. This morning we had about 2" of accumulated snow on top of a layer of slush. Temperatures were now in the low 20's and a strong erratic wind from generally the north made it feel much colder. Lake Superior shone a bluish silver with a highly textured surface but with minimal waves. Every 5 minutes you could watch a rogue wave move in and then crash against the shore. The gusts from the strong winds could be followed as they belted the lake surface and then moved out from shore.

Nov 22: They are predicting a winter storm to hit tonight but today is just beautiful out. With the anticipation of the big Thanksgiving day feast we went on a 4.5 mile hike along the Devils Track gorge and Pincushion Mountain. Temperatures were in the upper 40's with a hazy sky. The view from atop Pincushion Mountain was expansive but the horizon disappeared into the haze. What a gift this last hike was before winter takes over. It was hard to believe that we will be cross country skiing on some of these same trails in just a few weeks. Below the small falls on Devils Track River we saw a most unusual phenomenon today. There was a 6-8ft in diameter foam doughnut about 18" high that was gently rotating about 15ft in front of the falls. It was a great example of a stable equilibrium in spite of all the competing forces at work in the river.

Nov 21: We drove to Duluth today and got to watch ore freighters and salties moving along the shore. Driving back were ran into very heavy fog covering the highway between Two Harbors and Little Marais. I thought for sure we would have to battle the fog all the way to Grand Marais but as quickly as it appeared, it disappeared before getting to the Cook County line.

Nov 20: There was some rare sunshine for November this morning that offered a colorful sunrise and lake before the grays of November returned by noon. We had 2ft waves from the SE.

Nov 19: This is a bit scary but we had the same day as yesterday again. The only exception was that for an hour this early afternoon the skies turned very dark and we had a heavy rain.

Nov 18: Overcast skies, a gray lake, a fuzzy horizon line, 2-3ft waves from the SE, and bouts of light rain have become the norm along Lake Superior for November. Today was no exception. Highs in the 40's.

Nov 17: As the sun sets tonight the light clouds over the lake turned pink and the lake a dark bluish purple. The waves are 2ft from the SE and break right before they hit the shore. A cresecent moon sits high in the SW sky above the cloud cover over the lake.

Nov 16: Most of the day was a light gray and overcast. The lake was also a light gray with a fuzzy white horizon and silver waves the the SSE. That made it so surprising to find a clear night with dazzling stars that jumped out at you. All these years living here on the North Shore and the clarity of the night sky still takes my breath away.

Nov 15: The sun was out today in Croftville. A beatiful multicolored sunrise started the day. Waves were 1-2ft from the SE. Highs were only in the low 40's but the sun made it feel warmer.

Nov 14: Days are getting shorter and life is just too busy. For the second day in a row I have not returned home until well after dark. However, the stars are out in full force tonight. They have that 3 dimensional quality to them that make me feel like I can reach out and touch some of the closer ones. The lake isn't as loud as last night. I am again surprised to find that after I allow my eyes to acclimate to the dark, Lake Superior remains black in spite of the starlight. This probably means that although we have a clear sky above, Lake Superior has a thick layer of fog that stops the starlight from reflecting off those noisy waves.

Nov 13: I left before sunrise and didn't get back to the lake until after dark. That makes it a little difficult to descibe Superior but not impossible. Tonight there is a heavy overcast sky without a single sign of a star or moon. As black as it is here on Croftville Road it doesn't begin to compare with the dark void over Lake Superior. Lake Superior has the amazing capacity to reflect any light and literally light up the night. But not tonight, which really speaks volumes to how heavily overcast it is. The complicated rhythm of the sound of the breaking waves is quite frightening without any visual cues. I am actually surprised that the pattern isn't more regular but one becomes used to the notion that Lake Superior is by nature unpredictable.

Nov 12: We had the coldest temperatures we have seen this season with a low of 22 degrees this morning. It never reached 30 all day long. Snow flurries have been coming down almost all day long. The gray lake and fuzzy horizon are sending 2ft waves straight in from the ESE.

Nov 11: The warm weather we were supposed to get yesterday came today and was ushered in by huge 6ft or more SE waves yesterday afternoon and evening. The lake was spectacular with whitecaps everywhere and long breaking crests near the shore. Superior was 2 tone with a brownish silver band near the shore and a greenish silver band out to a fuzzy white horizon line. This brownish band near the shore is usually due to runoff from the rivers and streams after heavy rains. But this time that band was due to the huge waves disturbing sediment near the shore and the banks on the shore that usually are left untouched. Rain has accompanied this warm weather in the low 50's and for some reason by this morning the huge waves had subdued themselves to 2-3ft.

Nov 10: The weather people were saying today was to have warm, sunny, unseasonable weather before getting our first real taste of winter tomorrow. All of a sudden there was a winter weather advisory starting last night and the chilly weather sped up. This morning we have temperatures in the low 30's with a rain/snow mixture coming down from the gray overcast skies. Lake Superior has 3-4ft waves coming in obliquely from the ESE complete with whitecaps all the way to the horizon.

Nov 9: Croftville Road was gorgeous today. It was sunny with temperatures in the 50's. Lake Superior had 3ft waves from the SE and was my favorite steel blue color with intermittant whitecaps. The steel blue lake was rich with texture as it was set against the light blue horizon.

Nov 8: Today was a repeat of yesterday except for some breaks in the overcast sky later in the afternoon.

Nov 7: It was warmer along the lake today with highs in the upper 40's. A heavy overcast sky blanketed the gray lake. We have 2-3ft rumbling waves from the south.

Nov 6: There was rain overnight and rain all day long. Cars from up the Gunflint Trail were coming down with a couple inches of wet snow covering them. The gray monotone lake is loud today with 3-5ft waves still from the SE.

Nov 5: Although the sky was overcast and gray, the lake had an amazing grayish blue set off by magnificant whitecaps of the breaking waves. The morning waves were 2-3ft from the SE and seemed to grow to 3-4ft by the days end.

Nov 4: Lake Superior was overcast and started the day as glass. By late afternoon the waves had grown to 1-2ft way from the ESE. Temperatures remained in the 30's.

Nov 3: It was a repeat of yesterday except the temperatures rose into the low 40's. It was opening day of deer season and trucks, cars, trailers, and ATV's were scattered all along Highway 61. Overcast skies began to creep in near nightfall.

Nov 2: Mostly clear skies, 6in-1ft waves from the SE, a steel gray lake against a white horizon line, and temperatures in the 30's were the conditions today on Croftville Road.

Nov 1: November began with 2 ore freighters lit up on the lake as the sun rose in the east creating a multi-hued sunrise. The local fisherman with the spotlight on his boat was out checking his nets just west of our place. It must be cold out there in that small boat early in the morning. Temperatures rose into the 40's, the crisp sun and the clear skies created a steel blue lake to gaze upon. The lake was surprisingly calm in spite of the strong westerly wind.

October
2012

Oct 31: It is a crisp day with a stark blue sky, a sharp steel blue lake, and highs in the 40's. The waves are 2ft from the SE but seem futher separated between crests than is usual.

Oct 30: Lots of ore freighters passing by today. Teresa saw 8 and I saw two more at dusk. There are large waves on the south end of the lake drawing the ships up to us. The lake was relatively calm here with 1ft waves from the ESE. The morning had a beautiful full moon set to the west.

Oct 29: The waves grew to 3-4ft and changed directions to the ESE. The sky was lightly overcast again leaving the lake a with a steel blue surface and with whitecaps.

Oct 28: There is a lightly overcast sky today and the lake is a steel blue with 2-3ft waves from the SSW. The horizon is almost white to the south which must mean clear skies over northern Wisconsin. It is cold today with a cold wind and the highs only in the upper 30's.

Oct 27: It started the day cold (30 degrees) and it stayed cold all day (low 40's). The lake had small waves from the south with a greenish gray color.

Oct 26: No rain today along Lake Superior. There were beautiful cloudy skies this morning when the sun finally decided to rise. There was literally a rainbow of colors in the clouds but my favorite were the banks with the billowy pink crests. Waves had subsided and were down to only 3-4ft with whitecaps still visible out on the lake. Teresa saw an ore freighter moving along close to shore.

Oct 25: It was raining when I woke up. It rained even more. It snowed. Then it was back to rain. We passed through Duluth this morning on the way to the Cross Country sectional meet in Cloquet. It was amazing to see 6 ships anchored outside the harbor. They were all salties, I think. Apparently the northern route along Lake Superior had up to 26ft waves and so all shipping was held up. The waves along the shore to Duluth were more in the 5-6ft range from what I observed.

Oct 24: It was so dark out on the lake this morning that I thought the sun had simply forgot to rise. The black clouds spewed water most of the day, generated thunderous 4-5ft waves, and left the lake a very dark gray except when the fog was heavy enough to lighten things up.

Oct 23: We woke up to lightning on Croftville Road. The rain then started at daybreak and continued all day long. It was heavy from time to time and there were almost no breaks. The large gray waves were 3-4ft from the SE. They were heard crashing against the shore even though the fog kept them from being visible except right near the shore. It was a warm day with highs in the upper 50's.

Oct 22: And today Indian Summer returned. I was told the highs were in the upper 60's with mostly sunny skies. It was dark before I left this morning, I was insdie all day, and dark when I returned so I cannot report on the lake. The days are getting noticably shorter now.

Oct 21: Indian Summer made a quick departure today with temperatures in the mid 30's this morning and a heavy frost. By 11am the rain had returned and the gorgeous day yesterday was nothing but a memory. Lake Superior had overcast skies, 1-2ft steel gray waves from the SSE, and big cumulus cloud fronts visible on the other side of the lake.

Oct 20: Indian Summer visited Grand Marais today. Temperatures were in the upper 50's, the skies were clear, and the lake was a deep sky blue with 1ft waves from the SSE. A dense fog rolled in and out from the shore in the late afternoon.

Oct 19: Rain, heavy at times, continued throughout the day today. The steel gray waves were again 3-4ft from the SSE. Temperatures were in the 40's.

Oct 18: There was heavy rain today in Croftville. The winds stirred up the waves to 3-4ft from the SSE. The lake was steel gray with an unfriendly face.

Oct 17: Croftville was rainy and overcast but warm with the highs in the upper 50's. The lake was a grayish green with 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Oct 16: It was an interesting day in Croftville. We started the day overcast with rain but the skies quickly cleared up and the lake changed to a grayish blue. However, over the lake a fog stuck all day long. You could see out less than a quarter mile until the blue lake disappeared into a white wall of fog. Lake Superior had 1ft waves from the SE.

Oct 15: We woke up today with an ore freighter right out in front of the resort not more than a quarter mile. I haven't seen one that close in since last winter. It was still early morning and their lights were still on and visible. We had a gray lake and overcast skies all day long.

Oct 14: I'm not sure where the clear sky last night came from but we were back to gray overcast skies all day today. The gray lake had 1ft waves from the SE. I haven't seen waves in that direction for several weeks.

Oct 13: It was a light gray lake that started the day still and grew throughout the day to 2-3ft waves from the south. The sky was overcast all day long with a light drizzle in the morning. It was warm enough to comfortably sit by the fire at least until dark. After that, we were delighted to see the stars come out but the clear skies noticable dropped the temperature. We just made the fire a little bigger.

Oct 12: Today we had a gray lake, gray overcast skies, on and off light rain, and 3ft waves from the SSW. We had our first hard freeze on the lake this morning although we have had a little frost on the roof for the last couple days this week.

Oct 11: It was another cold day with highs in the low 40's. There were partly cloudy skies with the most beautiful cloud coloring I have seen in awhile. The low hanging clouds were a purple gray on their heavy undersides with pinks turning to snow white on this delicate tops. The lake had a textured blue and black surface.

Oct 10: It was a cold day today with highs in the low 40's. There was a half inch snow accumulation in Grand Marais this morning but not here by the lake. However, we did have the first frost on our roofs. The lake was a bluish gray with mostly cloudy skies overhead.

Oct 9: Today was mostly cloudy skies with sprinkles a few times. The lake had 2-3ft waves from the south with a steel gray surface except close to the shore where there were hints of blue green. Highs were in the 40's.

Oct 8: The weather took a change over the lake today. We had heavy overcast skies which turned to a steady rain this afternoon. The lake was dark gray and had 2ft waves still from the south.

Oct 7: The lake had 3ft smooth waves from the south. It was my favorite steel blue color except near the shore where it was a greenish blue. Skies were mostly clear and temperatures just mad it to 50.

Oct 6: The lake had calmed back down this morning with just small 6" waves still from the south. Our first snowflakes along the lake occured 3 times this morning and early afternoon. It was fun to see the flurries but they are the first milestone along the path of the coming winter. There were sunny skies over the land and heavy clouds over the lake this morning. This left the lake an unusual purplish gray in color except for a shiny silver area directly over a hole in the clouds letting sunlight through.

Oct 5: As I drove to Grand Portage this morning the waves were still 4ft from the south and there still was a sizable wind from the west. Colder temperatures in the 40's finally found their way to Superior. Yesterday's wind changed the face of the forest. There are still plenty of trees with dazzling colors but a good portion of trees have now been stripped bare and I would have to say that we are now past peak color. The good news is that this is now the start of my favorite time in the boreal forest. It is fun to hike without full foliage so you can see further into the woods. There are now vistas opening up that can give you glimpses of gorges, rivers, and of course the lakes.

Oct 4: It is a day to say good bye to any loose leaves. The cold and snow never materialized but the powerful winds and gusts from the west are strong enough to take the tops out of some trees. No loose leaves will be left on the trees by the end of the day. Considering the the boreal forest is in peak color I suspect the many of the trees will be bare when this wind ends. Huge fronts of clouds are passing by but have not dropped any precipitation other than a sprinkle. The wind has boosted the waves in Lake Superior to 6ft. It is an amazing sight to see these huge waves buffet the shoreline and explode into a white spray. The lake is an aqua blue with whitecaps everywhere. As you look along the shoreline the aqau disappears and all you see is the white of the breaking waves.

Oct 3: The weather people say this is the last day of the string of beautiful weather. Cold, wind, and snow could be on the way. I don't know how much stake I put in their predictions, but they are right that today is a drop dead gorgeous day. Highs are in the 60's with mostly clear skies. There are 2ft steel blue waves from the south and the the array of colors in the forest is dazzling.

Oct 2: The lake is a little more stirred up today. We had deep blue 1-2ft waves. The skies are clear, the temperatures are in the 50's, and the leaves are in peak color.

Oct 1: We are into a new month but we continue with the same weather. It is maybe a few degrees cooler but otherwise it is a repeat of yesterday.

September
2012

Sep 30: It was another beautiful day in Croftville to bring September to a close. The leaves are in full color. The high was in the upper 60's. The lake was almost glass for most of the day with a light sky blue sheen that transformed into a white mist at the horizon. We had clear skies all day and the harvest moon should light up the night.

Sep 29: The harvest moon is full tonight lighting up the night with the reflections off the lake. Today was in the upper 60's with clear blue skies and a purplish blue lake except where the sun that is now lower in the sky is reflecting silver.

Sep 28: The harvest moon is nearly full and was rising well before sunset tonight. Temperatures were a little warmer with a high in the low 60's. Other than that it was a repeat of yesterday. Sitting by the fire enjoying the smell of the burning cedar and good company made this a day to savor.

Sep 27: A beautiful sunny day graced Croftville. An aegeon blue lake with a calm surface formed the backdrop against the boreal forest in full fall color. Highs in the upper 50's make for great hiking weather.

Sep 26: It was yet another beautiful fall along Lake Superior. A low of 46 and highs in the 50's along the shore. We had clear skies, 2ft waves from the SSW, and a medium sky blue lake.

Sep 25: Overcast skies today kept the lake a bluish gray with 1ft waves from the SSW. I watched an ore freighter not more than a half mile out pass by. Teresa said she had seen several today. The overcast did produce light rain now and then but not enough to keep you away from outdoor chores.

Sept 24: With lows in the 40's and highs in the 50's fall has firmly took hold along Croftville Road. Fall colors are approaching their peak. Today the lake had a dark gray blue color against the clear skies. We had smooth 3ft waves from the south without a whitecap to be seen until they broke right next to the shores.

Sept 23: The cold spell continues with lows in the 40's and highs in the 50's. The waves on the lake picked up to 3ft and changing direction from the SSW. There are lots of whitecaps this afternoon that are highlighted by the sunshine. The lake has an overall deep pure blue color but with horizontal strands with tints of green and purple in them. We are getting close to full fall colors now with the quaking aspens adding to the show.

Sept 22: We seem to be in a pattern of dark rain clouds followed by sun. We woke up with a low of 42 and a high of almost 50. The lake is pretty calm today with only 6 inch waves from the SSE. Leaves are more and more colored. In the last 2 days the aspen have started turning gold which is one of the last of our trees to turn. The horizon this morning had a line of clouds to the south that looked like cotton balls.

Sept 21: It was another chilly day along Lake Superior. We had a low of 44 and a high in the low 50's. The lake was a little calmer today and had beautiful blues on the surface when the sun was out. It was evenly divided for sun and rain (and hail), there just didn't seem to be anything inbetween. Conditions were good for rainbows and I saw at least 2 partial ones but I bet there were more. The lake had 1ft waves from the SSE.

Sept 20: We had a chilly day with a high in the low 50's. There were a lot of rain showers on and off all day long. Lake Superior had 2-3ft gray waves from the south.

Sept 19: We woke last night to rain, wind, and a turbulent lake. Today the gray lake had 3-4ft waves from the south topped with whitecaps. The beach has been adorned with newly deposited driftwood. Some of the larger pieces we watched gradually drift to the east along the shore.

Sept 18: It was cold today with the high only in the 50's and a low of 42 this morning. There were partly cloudy skies and an amazing multihued cloud front across the lake. The deep blue 1-2ft waves were coming from the SSW with a strong breeze from the west. There is more color in the leaves every day but I am still waiting for the aspens to begin turning gold.

Sept 17: There was rain during the night and spotted rain throughout the day. The lake is almost calm in spite of a decent breeze. I enjoyed following an ore freighter about a half mile out as I did my walk along the road after supper tonight. Temperatures only made it to the low 60's today.

Sept 16: The temperatures are dropping but there is a repeat of yesterday along our piece of Lake Superior. It was a great day to get out and hike in the boreal forest. I saw a Blue Jay pestering our cat today. They are so commonplace in southern Minnesota but I have rarely seen them along the lake here.

Sept 15: It was a drop dead beautiful fall day on Croftville Road. There were blue skies and a deep blue lake with a sun shining on you to keep you warm in the cool breeze. The fish nets are sitting in close to shore maybe 100 yards.

Sept 14: The lake was a deep blue with 1ft waves from the SSW. Skies were partly sunny and temperatures started at 52 and rose to 59 this afternoon. The Moose Maples seem to be near their peak color. Everything else seem to be showing signs of fall, too.

Sept 13: The waves have shrunk today to 1ft or less. Teresa saw 2 ships far out today while cleaning. As we get further into fall we will expect to see more and more of the freighters nearer and nearer to shore. The hummingbirds are still all over the place. It won't be long now before they disappear south. It was 55 degree this morning when I got up.

Sept 12: We had another day of strong 2ft waves from the south. The sky was mostly overcast and the temperatures didn't make it to 70 here on the lake. The lake was a uniform lead gray.

Sept 11: We woke up to the roar of 2ft waves from the south and they continued all day yesterday. The sky was partly overcast and the temperatures rose to the 70's. The lake was an unusual greenish gray with occasional metallic gray highlights when the sun peaked out.

Sept 10: Today was a repeat of yesterday except it was a little bit warmer. This is my favorite time of the year.

Sept 9: It was a picture perfect fall day in Croftville. Clear blue skies, a deep blue lake with black shadows and silver highlights on the 1 ft waves from the south, and temperatures rising into the 60's.

Sept 8: Today we had bouts of rain separated by bouts of sun all day long. It was cool enough that you needed sweatshirts and sweatpants to be warm. The lake was a beauiful blue and as night falls the stars are popping out and looking like you can reach out and grab them.

Sept 7: Fall is coming on strong in Croftville. Golds, oranges, reds, and browns are now beginning to be seen regularly in the green forest. Lake Superior was mostly calm with a blue and black textured surface. The cumulus clouds to the south are lit up in blazes of whites and transluscent yellows against the blue sky. And the fishing nets are back to their normal position about a quarter mile out.

Sept 6: Temperatures started in the upper 50's today and got close to 70 for a high. The lake was blue with 1ft waves and the skies occasionally looked like we might get a shower even though we didn't. The fish nets and their floats are unusually close to us and the shore today, probably less than a hundred yards.

Sept 5: Croftville Road had 2ft waves from the south. The skies were mostly sunny this morning and has turned to mostly cloudy this afternoon. The lake is multicolored depending on the cloud cover and the direction of the sun. Today felt more like fall than summer with a crispness in the air.

Sept 4: There was a gigantic storm front that passed through Croftville around suppertime. It was breathtaking looking at the wall of cloud as it approached from the west darkening out the sun. Although the storm was short-lived, its blackness darkened the lake, riled up the waves, and left sheets of rain pelting the surface so hard it looked like the raindrops were bouncing off the land and the lake.

Sept 3: Today was a repeat of yesterday. We had marvelous weather and a stunning lake.

Sept 2: It is a stunningly beautiful day with clear light blue skies, a brisk breeze, and temperatures in the low 70's. The lake had 1ft waves from the SE with a 2 tone deep sky blue surface. There is fall in the air. Leaves on some trees are getting hints of yellow, orange, and red. The fireweed is spreading its seeds and everywhere you look you get hints that summer is coming to an end.

Sept 1: September is starting with an unusually still day on Superior. At times the lake is glass. Other times the lake has ripples that are just big enough to make a small rustling sound as they break against the shore. Highs were in the mid 70's and the moon will make everything bright tonight with the clear skies.

August
2012

Aug 31: There was blue skies and blue lake with 1ft waves from the south. Temperatures started at 60 and warmed up to the mid 80's for this last day in August.

Aug 30: Today was muggy with a high around 80. Lake Superior had 2ft smooth gray waves from the south. The skies were a blend of overcast, thunderclouds, and little sun.

Aug 29: It is so refreshing to come over the hill on Interstate 35 into Duluth and see Lake Superior layed out in front of me. I can feel my body take that big deep breath and say I am coming home. Gone is the smog that sits over the Twin Cities. I lived in Minneapolis for 6 years and never even noticed that dirty haze. Now when I visit it is the first thing I see. It is funny how one's vision can be affected by where you call home.

Aug 28: We went to the Minnesota State Fair today and had a great time. Although I didn't see Lake Superior today it was on my mind through constrast. I was surprised to see how dry things are in Saint Paul. The drought that has been such a part of the weather news this summer is just not there on the North Shore. The drought effect can sure be seen in the Twin Cities, though.

Aug 27: I have to say goodbye to Lake Superior for the next 2 days. We are on our way to the Twin Cities for a family outing before school starts. The deep bright blue lake with its 1-2ft waves knew how to say goodbye and at the same time beckoned us to return home soon. It is such an awesome site as we traveled along Highway 61.

Aug 26: Along the lake it was a spectacular day. A high of about 80 with clear blue skies and a comfortable wind made it easy to enjoy the bright blue lake and its 1-2ft waves from the SE.

Aug 25: Haze and fog was the story of Croftville today. Once in a while you could convince yourself that you could maybe see the horizon. When the white haze receded you could see the colorless silver gray lake with 6" smooth waves.

Aug 24: Looked like rain most of the day but it never came. It was hot and muggy here in Croftville with a high near 80 degrees. The lake had 2ft waves from the SE.

Aug 23: Today the 1-2ft waves changed direction to the SSE. Tall thunderheads rolled across the skies but kept mostly to the south of us. There were a few heavy thunder showers in the afternoon and even a episode of pea sized hail. Lightnng lit up the southern sky throughout the night.

Aug 22: Lake Superior was dull blue with 1-2ft waves from the SSW. The predictions of temperatures returning to the 80's didn't happen probably from the light breeze off the lake. Clear skies all day long.

Aug 21: It was a gorgeous day along Lake Superior. Blue skies, a deep sky blue lake, 2ft waves, a comfortable wind, and temperatures in the 70's here in Croftville.

Aug 20: Today we had a partly sunny sky with billowy dark cumulus clouds. Some of those clouds dropped rain on us as they passed by. The lake is again a purplish blue with smooth 2ft roller waves from the south. Temperatures didn't quite make it to 70 today but it felt warm in the sun.

Aug 19: Lake Superior is an unusual purplish blue with a light blue mostly sunny sky. Waves are 1-2ft coming in straight from the SSE. There are whitecaps further out suggesting much larger waves. Temperatures are trying to make it to 70.

Aug 18: A little of everything today. Rain, fog, sun, big clouds, and overcast skies were all seen. The lake was a pale blue most of the day and relatively calm.

Aug 17: It was a stunning day on Croftville Road. The lake was a deep, deep sky blue with 2ft waves from the SSW. Temperatures rose to the low 70's with partly sunny skies.

Aug 16: We drove down to Duluth today. This is the coolest day I can remember since the beginning of May and to think it is during the dog days of August. The high temperature only made it into the 60's. It was fun watching the intricate cloud formations over Lake Superior. The dark low hanging clouds would inundate us with mist between bouts of sunshine. Of course this was a perfect recipe for rainbows and we saw many partial rainbows throughout the day.

Aug 15: Today there are lead gray 1ft waves from SE, overcast skies, a pleasantly cool breeze, a high in the 70's, and the feel of rain in the air all day long. I am still waiting for that rain even though it is now evening.

Aug 14: The sky was overcast most of the day leaving Lake Superior and its 1-2ft waves from the south in gray tones. Earlier in the morning the lake was calm with the textured surface that continues to leave me searching for an explanation. Clearly the lack of a wave direction must indicate some sort standing wave to create the bu