March 4, 2011
Butter Week (or Pancake Week) is a Slavic tradition heralding the imminent arrival of spring. Or, as my sister-in-law informed me, it’s when “Winter and Spring shake hands.”
As we were gorging on vareniki, pancakes and borscht, the snow started coming down. Someone chimed in that it looked more like “Winter was punching Spring in the face.”
And so it goes in this interminable winter. A few more inches messed up our commutes this morning … and we’re looking at a few more inches this week.
How bad is it this year? Here are the snowiest seasons in Twin Cities history, according to the National Weather Service.
1983-1984: 98.6 inches
1981-1982: 95 inches
1950-1951: 88.9 inches
1916-1917: 84.9 inches
1991-1992: 84.1 inches
1961-1962: 81.3 inches
1951-1952: 79.0 inches
2010-2011: 78.7 inches
1966-1967: 78.4 inches
2000-2001: 75.8 inches
I endured those No. 1 and No. 2 winters during my formative teen years, which explains why I tend to think winters were worse “back when I was a kid.”
Now my son, pictured above on the huge snowbank outside our house in St. Paul, can craft his own Minnesota winter war stories.
March 10, 2011