Author Archives: Keith Burnham

Vol XV #288 – Winter Returned

Winter found it’s way back home!  A blustery return with northwest winds gusting to over 35 mph.  Our Leelanau Road Commission plows had the roads cleared before 7am for the go to church folks, God loveum. Biscuit and I tried to get down to Van’s Beach, but the wind and corn snow drove us back.    The Leland Report/Leif Spork Snow… Read more »

Vol XV #287 – Waiting For Winter to Return

Another gloomy beginning, dark and dreary.  The early afternoon no different. Snow was forecasted to fall around four, it began falling at two.  The snow is falling along with the temperature and winter is returning.  The Leland Report/Leif Spork Snow Gauge contest is closed. We had a total of 47 entries. We will report the final tally on 4/30/16!  

Vol XV #286 – Another gray January Day

Another calm and cloudy beginning.  The temperature rose to around 43 degrees this afternoon with some drizzle, not the kind of winter day you want.  Sunday is forecasted to be cold and snowy.  Last year on this date we had 61.2 inches in Maple City and two years ago 121 inches in Suttons bay.  But then again, three years ago… Read more »

Vol XV #285 – A Black & White Beginning With a Touch of Orange

A calm and cloudy beginning.  The forecasts include everything, rain, sleet and possible snow.  So far nothing.  The morning darkness starts to brighten up mid February when the sun rises at 7:45.  I like to begin our journey around 8.  The Leland Report/Leif Spork Snow Gauge contest is closed. We had a total of 47 entries. We will report the final… Read more »

Vol XV #284 – A Picture Postcard Afternoon

The morning arrived with a nice sunrise.  I thought there might be a nice picture opportunity at Fudgy Beach and as I crossed over the Carp River I said this is it.  Never got to Fudgy Beach, instead I made my way to South Fishtown.  Noon and the sun provided a picture postcard shot of North Beach.  Tomorrow afternoon… possible rain or snow…. Read more »

Vol XV #283 – It Could Be A Nice Day I’d Say

This afternoon we will be in the Big City By the Bay, so the Leland Report is being posted early.  Back in 2001 when I started the LR, it was usually was posted in the am as it was a good morning email to my family.  Hard to believe that 15 years will have passed since March 30 2001.  I have been interviewed… Read more »

Vol XV #277 – The Day Before the Last Day of the Year

I couldn’t make it to my usual destination, South Fishtown, because of the depth of snow… so I ventured over to South Beach.  I walked in the footprints of previous visitors.  That’s probably the way I will travel on foot for the rest of the winter, walking in other peoples footprints. The Leelanau County Road Commission gets our applause for the great job… Read more »

Vol XV #276 – Snow Daze

No surprise this morning waking up to 10 inches of new.  The real surprise was that it wasn’t as bad as the weather reports all day long predicted.  If you didn’t have all wheel or 4 wheel drive, driving was a little iffy in the early morning. Below, Francie Gits, director, members of the Museum Board and friends toast and thank Norbert… Read more »

Vol XV #274 – Cable’s Back… But For How Long?

Somewhere around noon…  Cable returned!  Great news, but for the fact that Tuesday there is an Winter Storm Warning of possible 8 to 12 inches of snow and 1/4 inch ice.  Quarter inch ice means tree limbs and power lines down.  This El Nino Winter ain’t no fun. Below, this surfer finally caught one to ride in after a half… Read more »