Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

Winter drags on ... and on


A snowy spring day in Moose Lake last week.

The scene in Moose Lake late last week looks more like mid-winter than three weeks into the spring season. With inches of wet, heavy snow falling across the region for days on end in mid-April, Mother Nature is clearly in charge. According to KBJR 6, Range 11 and KDLH 3 meteorologist Dave Anderson, temps in the area are expected to reach the mid-40s to low 50s next week, but only after yet another surge of wintry weather.

Despite recent heavy snowfall throughout the region, springtime maple syruping operations continue. Pictured, maple sap flows from a tree tapped in Kerrick, even during last week's snowstorm. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s and overnight temperatures are below freezing. This cycle of above-freezing days and below-freezing nights needs to continue for several days, although nature occasionally has been known to provide a good run under less perfect conditions. "Sometimes sap flows as early as January or as late as May, but in Minnesota, sap usually runs from about March 15 to April 20."


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