Halloween decorations light up apartment balconies

Some people decorate their places with Halloween lights. This is a couple balconies of an apartment building on Kenwood Avenue.  A few minutes earlier I had been driving on Arrowhead Road and I saw house with many, many lit up Halloween decorations in their yard. I tried to drive around the block to get back to it, but because of the traffic, it was almost impossible.

What do you think about Halloween decorations. I like the cute ones. The scary ones kind of creep me out.

Pumpkins on mirror image Portland Square duplexes

Today I noticed these pumpkins on the second floor porches of these mirror image duplexes across from Portland Square. I wonder if the people living in these duplexes get a long really well and if they got together and planed this,  or did the owner suggest they do it? I really like the way people fixed up their houses and duplexes around Portland Square. You may see one of my summertime posts of Portland Square here.

You may see many photos of the houses surrounding Portland Square and also some in East Hillside, taken by Dayna Landgrebe, here.

First Snow of the Season

Last night the wind howled and it rained with threats of snow.  I didn’t want to be out on the road when it finally did freeze. When I woke up there was snow on the ground. Duluth Public Schools were canceled. I made sure there was a shovel in my car, along with a cap and mittens and an ice scraper.

Last night the National Weather Service in Duluth issued a report updating the situation withthe low-pressure records set.

According to the Duluth News Tribune Weather Blog:

The Minnesota State Climatology Office reported this morning that “it appears that the minumum pressure … measured at Bigfork is the new record low pressure for a non-tropical storm in the Continental US (excluding tornadoes).” For comparison, they also noted that the lowest pressure recorded in the Edmund Fitzgerald Storm was 28.95 inches, and the lowest pressure record in the Armistice Day Storm was 28.55 inches.

This storm also set local records for low pressure at Duluth and International Falls, and a new Wisconsin state record set at Superior, which recorded a reading of 961.3 millibars, or 28.39 inches of mercury, at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

In general, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm. A reading of 960 millibars is comparable to a Category 2 or 3 hurricane, although differences between storms up here and storms in the tropics mean we don’t see winds as strong as in hurricanes.