The great Minnesota land hurricane of 2010

As the cold wind blows
As the cold wind blowsCourtesy Erik Ogan
If you're in the upper midwest or in the Minnesota neck of the woods your hair probably looks awesome today. We're experiencing an epic storm system due to a record low pressure system sitting over the northern part of the state.

Unsurprisingly, MPR's updraft blog has some good material on the amazing Land Hurricane of 2010.

The record low pressure map there is pretty cool.

I saw several downed big tree limbs on my way into work this morning. I wonder how city public works departments respond to mega wind storms like this. I'm reading a great book all about various parts of urban infrastructure, and it leads me to think that there are lots of guys in cherry picker trucks driving around the city dealing with downed power lines today.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

Here's a link to a blog in northern Minnesota with information and photos from the storm. Also, the Duluth News Tribune reports that all schools in Duluth are closed today due to the recent weather.

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 9:46am
bryan kennedy's picture

Wow, those snow photos are nuts. It's totally science unrelated but these remind me of a nice poem:

As the cold wind blows
I smile and laugh
As the cold wind blows
Im warm and safe
As the cold wind blows
The fire inside is hot
As the cold wind blows
My love is not for naught
As the cold wind blows
My love keeps me warm
As the cold wind blows
I feel only this love
Warming me making me
The man I am today
As the cold wind blows
I know soon this cold wind will blow away.

-Troy Nichols

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 10:17am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

I live in the Mac/Groveland neighborhood in St. Paul and occasionally we get planes flying over on their approach to the airport. Last night, between the wind howling and how low the planes were coming in....I couldn't believe how noisy it was. In high winds, do jets need to come in at a much lower angle to land?

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 1:18pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

I think jet approach altitudes have more to do with low cloud ceiling. We lived on a flight path in South Minneapolis for many years, and on stormy nights - even without as much wind - the jets would come in very low and rattle our teeth.

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 1:44pm
Shana's picture
Shana says:

Plus the air temperature changes the tone of the engine, making it lower. Whether by sound traveling farther, reverberating off the clouds, or low tones just being more hearable, planes always seem louder to me in the cold.

But this is also totally conjecture on my part.

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 3:28pm
Shana's picture
Shana says:

National Geographic has an awesome photo of the cyclone from NASA.

posted on Mon, 11/08/2010 - 2:24pm

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