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About MilwaukeeSnow

Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak, Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow, loves winter, Milwaukee, and environmental history! He has taught college courses on topics including history, writing, environmental ethics, food studies, the Great Lakes, and sustainability. You can contact him at

Walking to Work in Winter

What do I encounter when I walk to work through a snowy landscape? First of – a bit of briskness when I get outside. I often feel a little chilly, but I know that by the time I get near … Continue reading

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Milwaukee winter “sucks”? That opinion misses so much…

Milwaukee-area winter weather has been in the news this week for reasons that disappoint me. Channel 6 reporter Angelica Duria, while outside in Racine reporting on a snowstorm, said “it sucks here,” and national and local media have picked up … Continue reading

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Winter and Limits

It has been an interesting last week-plus in terms of encountering winter. I have experienced bitter cold, dangerous weather, weather we must be careful about adapting our ways to. Warm weather quickly melted much of the snow and ice that … Continue reading

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Ice, Rivers, and Ponds: Photos and Reflections

It has not been a year with a lot of snow for people in Wisconsin to enjoy. So I have turned more of my attention to looking for ice to appreciate. And I feel that my attention has been rewarded … Continue reading

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What I have missed since we last had winter

As we begin to sense winter in the air, I have been thinking about what I have been missing most, in 2012, since last winter occurred. And, what I am most eager to encounter when winter arrives again! 1. Changes … Continue reading

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Outdoor events recommendations, 2012-3

As winter approaches us, here are some recommendations for events to look forward to in the Milwaukee area (and Wisconsin as a whole) during winter 2012-3: 1. Urban Ecology Center: my favorite pick for the MKE area. They have a … Continue reading

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Recommendations for Winter reading

Books about winter, snow, and weather similar to that we experience in Milwaukee during winter. Learn from Heinrich about what animals and plants in your neighborhood do during winter! Or, as you look out over the ice or a field … Continue reading

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My new webpage

Since we’re a long way from winter at present – but I still want people to enjoy Wisconsin nature! – I started up a new resource and The goal of these pages is more modest than my winter … Continue reading

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Postcard for my project

Available at a few local locations, via me – or when winter returns again next December! image 1 Back of postcard, in lesser quality image 2 Neither one looks good via my scans, alas… trust me, they look better in … Continue reading

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Snow pics from this weekend

Come out and play! I tried to look at the snowfall from some interesting angles, and I shared photos of what I found. I have two new sets up, and

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