I’m not going to lie. I’m more than a little envious of some of my friends right now. While going through Facebook posts I noticed one friend is enjoying Disney World with her family, another is in Hawaii with her husband and still another is on the beach somewhere in the Caribbean.
That’s fine really. I’m okay. It’s no big deal that we’re expecting a major winter storm in Moorhead, Minnesota tomorrow. In fact much of the Dakotas and Minnesota are bracing for it. We probably shouldn’t complain as it’s been a beautiful warm and relatively snow free winter. But still we can’t help but gripe just a little bit. We can almost see spring from our windows. Now this?
Anyway, in honor of the upcoming storm and those friends who have chosen to get away from it all for spring break, I give you this weeks’ digest of recommended blogs. Enjoy!
A look at the highs and lows of weather around the world with WDAY-TV meteorologists.
Talking travel news and experiences.
What in the World?
Get away from it all as one travel agent takes you through her adventures.
Home Improvement with Andy Lindus
Learn tips and tricks to keep you home in shape with construction pro Andy Lindus.
Courage in the Kitchen
Cooking isn’t just about the food. It’s about the memories.
I loved the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” which told the story of a young Greek American woman navigating modern day romance within the confines of her traditional Greek family. So funny. Maybe that’s why I’m excited to welcome, “My Big Fat Greek Blog” to Areavoices. No, this one doesn’t involve the movie, but I think it could be equally fun! It’s written by a woman in Fargo, North Dakota navigating what it means to run a Greek restaurant in the land of lefse and lutefisk. It’s just the latest blogs I’m recommending in this week’s digest.
My Big Fat Greek Blog – http://santalucia.areavoices.com Maria Wilson owns a Greek and Italian restaurant in Fargo. She’s a native of Winnipeg and is fairly new to blogging. But she hopes to talk about food, wine and what it’s like to run a Greek and Italian restaurant in Norwegian country.
Park Christian School – http://parkchristianschool.areavoices.com The school, located in Moorhead, Minnesota, started in 1981 and it’s mission is to equip students to think biblically, live wisely and serve faithfully.
The Extreme Weather Community Blog Team – http://extremeteam.areavoices.com Isn’t part of living here talking about the weather? This is an interesting and informative blog for any weather junkie written by individuals who love to write about the extreme weather in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Speaking of weather blogs that have really taken off… a reminder about the community blog regarding the Flood in West-Central North Dakota. You can find it at http://centralwestflood.areavoices.com. Since it’s start last week, it’s getting thousands of page views. Again, it’s everyday people writing about the flooding in Minot, ND and the surrounding area.
East Side Professor – http://dahlenje.areavoices.com This teacher from Fisher, Minnesota writes about life in a fun and entertaining way. She’s an active blogger who’s been writing since 2008.
Rural Cass County Community Theatre – http://rccct.areavoices.com This blog covers news and productions from this theatre group out of Casselton, North Dakota.
As the news continues to worsen out of flood-ravaged Minot, North Dakota thousands of people around the world are logging in and tuning in for updates.
Hollywood star and Minot native Josh Duhamel called Minot TV station KXMC today from Moscow where he says he’s been glued to live stream coverage. He says he’s staying in touch with his sister and mother back in Minot for the latest updates.
But even people who don’t know a soul in the city of 36,000 in the North Central part of the state are watching. As I write this from Fargo, North Dakota(4 hours away) I’m sickened by what I see. We’ve fought floods three years in a row along the Red River, but we didn’t have to endure what the people of Minot are facing now. Today’s news that 3 additional feet of water is expected to surge into town means the number of people evacuating the city has risen from 11,000 to thousands more. My heart goes out to the people of Minot today. Something in me (and presumably) in so many others feels the need to stay connected.
In addition to logging onto your favorite newspaper or TV station websites, Areavoices bloggers have joined in a community blog set up by Shane Mercer of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. In a very short time, after only 4 posts, the number of page views was close to 10,000. People are craving the latest from Minot. And who better to give it to us than the people in Minot themselves? So far two community members are contributing to the blog, but more are needed. If you want to share news from the flooded regions of Central and Western North Dakota, go to http://centralwestflood.areavoices.com. You can also read the latest from Minot and other affected areas.
Let’s be honest. Are you getting any work done today? I have to admit I’m struggling a little bit. I’ve been glued to our news websites all day today (fortunately, it’s part of my job, so I can claim that I’m sort of doing my job). I’m fascinated by all of the stories from last night’s severe weather. According to meterologists, the highest recorded wind speed in Fargo last night was 72 miles per hour at Hector International Airport. But wind speeds were most likely higher based upon storm debris.
I awoke to a little debris in my own yard: My neighbor’s trampoline.
My neighbor says she saw it fly away last night and at first she wasn’t sure where it landed. You can tell from the photo that it must have been airborne for awhile. If it had just rolled from her yard (towards the upper right of this photo) into my yard it would have been blocked by trees and garden stakes. As it is only one garden stake is slightly bent. It flew through the air with the greatest of ease.
But my adventures with the flying trampoline pale in comparison to some of the photos out there. Reader-submitted images to InForum are pretty amazing. Maybe, it’s how we all bond after traumatic nights like last night. We like to share our experiences, our photos and our “where were you” questions.
That’s why I’m excited to talk about The Extreme Weather Community Blog Team. It’s something my co-worker Shane Mercer set up a couple of weeks ago to invite people with a passion for weather to write about it. Shane says he has a handful of writers now sharing their thoughts and he welcomes many more. If you’d like to share your insights, pictures, or observations about severe weather today (and into the future) drop Shane an email email@example.com.