Monday, April 16, 2012
Last night's snowfall has been a welcome relief for everyone living along the Gunflint Trail. The early ice out and several weeks of warm weather has allow us to get a lot of our pre-season work done. The propane line to the Lodge has been replaced and the trenches for the new waterline down the Cabin #2 driveway can be filled once it warms up enough to leak test the lines. Meanwhile, the snow makes a great excuse to take a "Spring Break" from working.
Actually, the snow is just what we needed. This winter's light snowfall has resulted in lower than normal water levels. It has also left us with less soil moisture than anyone who lives in an area prone to wildfires would like. In the last 24 hours we recorded had over 2 inches of water in our guage from a light steady rain and the wet snowfall. Because the ground is not frozen most of this moisture will soak into the ground instead of running off.