Cook County Blog

Fall Color Report on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail | 2020 | Updated weekly

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 9/10/20 10:28 AM

Fall is one of the most captivating seasons on the North Shore and Gunflint Trail. Our deep green forests transform into brilliant fields of red, orange and yellow over the course of a few short weeks. Whether your fall color viewing plan is to go for a hike, bike or a scenic fall color drive - we're here to help guide you towards the best activities

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Topics: Fall, Scenic Drives, Outdoors, phenomena

Top Celestial Events to experience in Cook County this year

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 1/20/19 11:12 AM

Blood moons, eclipse, super moons, meteor showers, northern lights and so much more. Make 2019 the year you explore the wonders of the night sky. Here is our short list of some of the Top Celestial Events to experience in Cook County this year. 

 

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Topics: phenomena, Northern Lights & Night Sky

The joy of skating on a frozen lake - Gunflint Lake

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 12/17/18 4:17 PM

In Northern Minnesota, it is most common that soon after the lakes freeze a significant snow storm arrives.  This winter, on many of our lakes that was the case. They froze and the snow came. However, this year on iconic Gunflint Lake conditions were different.

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Topics: Gunflint Trail, Winter, Kids & Family, phenomena, BWCAW

The Sky is Falling! Just kidding, it's the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 8/9/18 3:15 PM

The Sky is Falling! Just kidding, it's the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. 

 Northern Minnesota’s night skies are spectacular for stargazing on any clear night. But this weekend there’s an extra special treat that we might be lucky enough to enjoy. If clear skies prevail as they are forecast now, it could be the kind of spectacular night show your kids will remember all their lives. Or maybe it’s the kind of moment with a special someone that’s usually reserved for Hollywood Rom-Coms. Whoever you may be with this weekend, or if you’re enjoying some solitude, don’t miss the chance to take in some magic. Or science. Observer’s choice.

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Topics: phenomena, Northern Lights & Night Sky

What are frost flowers? Rare phenomena appears in Cook County, Minn.

Posted by Kjersti Vick on 11/10/17 2:35 PM

Frost flowers are a rare natural phenomena that occur when the air temp is lower than the water below. They can be compared to "giant" snowflakes and can be up to 3" high (the one pictured above was about 1" tall). Typically found on thin or new ice, or ice that has some imperfections that allow air to evaporate into the cold dry air.  

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Topics: Winter, phenomena