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Right after sunset on the solstice, I snapped this picture of Main Channel Bridge, which connects Winona with Wisconsin to the north. As its name suggests, it crosses the main channel of the Mississippi River, which is currently frozen.
Today, I captured this video of a BNSF train passing through Trempealeau, Wisconsin:
Earlier today, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill to recognize same-sex marriages! The law will take effect in August. Minnesota will become the 12th state to recognize same-sex marriage.
Yay for Minnesota! I am very proud of my new state!
I’m a newcomer to Minnesota, having lived here only 9 months. But one thing that has made me proud to be a new Minnesotan is how this state has handled the issue of marriage equality. In the November 2012 election, Minnesotans defeated at the polls a proposed state constitutional amendment banning on same-sex marriage. And yesterday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Today, on Minnesota Public Radio, they were replaying speeches made in debate the Minnesota house yesterday during the floor debate before the historic vote. One speech, made Rep. Tim Faust, who is a Lutheran pastor, was particularly moving:
The Minnesota Senate will vote on the bill Monday, and should it pass (which is expected), our governor has promised to sign it. While I’m not going to celebrate too much until the bill passes the Senate, it’s appearing more and more likely that next week Minnesota will become the 12th state in the union to have marriage equality.
We had some nice spring weather this week in Southeastern Minnesota. On Tuesday, the temperature got up to 27°C (80°F) and we had our apartment windows open in the evening.
That picture was taken in the morning. The snow came down most of the day, piling up to 3.5 inches (89 mm).
But we didn’t get it as bad as Rochester, which is about an hour west of here. As the National Weather Service points out, Rochester didn’t break the snow record for May 2nd yesterday, they got more snow yesterday than all other days in May combined since record-keeping began in 1886. Here is the public information statement released by the La Crosse office of the NWS last night:
NOUS43 KARX 030107
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
807 PM CDT THU MAY 2 2013
…UNPRECEDENTED SNOWFALL FOR ROCHESTER MINNESOTA…
WHAT A STORM FOR THE RECORD BOOKS. THE INFORMATION BELOW SHOWCASES HOW THIS SNOWSTORM RANKS FROM A MAY PERSPECTIVE…AND ALSO THE ENTIRE CALENDAR YEAR.
THE 13.9 INCHES…THROUGH 730 PM…BREAKS THE FOLLOWING RECORDS…
…DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL FOR MAY 2ND / 0.7 INCHES IN 1954 /
…DAILY RECORD SNOWFALL FOR MONTH OF MAY / 1.2 INCHES MAY 5 1944/
…MAY MONTHLY SNOWFALL TOTAL / 2.0 INCHES MAY 1944 /
IT CURRENTLY RANKS AS SIXTH GREATEST ALL-TIME DAILY SNOWFALL. THIS WILL LIKELY RISE ONCE THE OFFICIAL SNOW TOTAL IS REPORTED.ALL-TIME 1-DAY SNOWFALL RECORDS ROCHESTER MINNESOTA 1886-2013 RANK SNOWFALL YEAR ---- ------------- ------- 1 19.8 INCHES 3/18/2005 2 15.4 INCHES 1/22/1982 3 15.0 INCHES 12/11/2010 4 14.0 INCHES 3/30/1934 4/20/1893 6 13.9 INCHES 5/02/2013 7 13.5 INCHES 2/27/1893 8 13.0 INCHES 4/26/1988 9 12.0 INCHES 11/30/1934
OTHER RECORDS BROKEN TODAY INCLUDE…
THE LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR MAY 2ND…33 DEGREES. THIS ALSO MAKES IT THE LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR ANY DAY IN THE MONTH OF MAY. THE PREVIOUS LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE IN MAY WAS 36 DEGREES…ON MAY 1ST 1940.
TO PUT THIS SNOWSTORM IN ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE…TODAYS SNOWFALL IN ROCHESTER SHATTERS THE COMBINED TOTAL FOR ALL PREVIOUS MAY MEASURABLE SNOW EVENTS. SINCE 1886…THERE WERE 10 MEASURABLE MAY EVENTS…FOR A TOTAL OF 4.3 INCHES. TODAYS SNOWFALL IS OVER 3 TIMES THAT.
FURTHER CLIMATE AND RECORD INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED ONCE TOTALS ARE CONFIRMED AND THE SNOW ENDS.
Taken at the Verchota Landing, just outside Winona in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge:
Yikes! Zebra mussels are pretty terrible:
Sarah and I took a break from grading to enjoy the lake today.