Yoopers of the Keweenaw are looking around at all this snow and saying, “What the heck? It’s only November!”
Of course, many people in the Midwest are saying the same thing. “It’s only November! What’s with all this snow… every single day for the last two weeks?”
The Keweenaw County Snowfall Report tells us that we’ve gotten 27 inches of snowfall since October, 2019. Approximately 9 inches have settled on the ground. In the harbor, it’s shaken out and condensed to a bit less than that, depending what bush you’re standing in.
Want to know the funny part? We had 27 inches fall by this time last year too! How did we all forget that? I don’t know.
Some people refuse to shovel because it might start to melt next week, if the weather report is correct.
Regardless of what might happen, the Keweenaw Country Road Commission has already been keeping the roads safe. One of their plows makes it all the way up to Copper Harbor before 7am every single morning that it snows.
There you have it.
We are not stranded here in the winter (except maybe an occasional day in the thick of it). The county plows know we’re here, and we are part of their routine. Thank you Keweenaw County Road Commission!
As for the 100 or so local residents who are still here for the winter, well, we are still here.
For the most part.
Many locals travel this time of year. To someplace warm, to see family, to take care of business in their hometown city — wherever. Just to somewhere because, as you know, there isn’t a whole lot going on.
People who live up here are often talented with hobbies and side hustles just for this reason… and this season. Yes, there’s enough to live and entertain yourself if you are creative and low-maintenance, but don’t expect a ton of external stimulation.
Unless you like to watch the morning light illuminate the horizon.
Or hear the wind in the trees.
Or look at driftwood ice sculptures.
Here you go. Here’s a shovel. Get to work. It hasn’t melted yet!