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'Crashed Ice' competition OK despite warm weather

Posted at 12:13 PM on January 9, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

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MPR News photographer Jeffrey Thompson shot these photos this morning of preparations for the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship, where more than 100 skaters from around the world will compete in downhill racing, starting on Thursday.

The natural question: Can the competition start on time given our abnormally warm winter weather? The answer's yes.

MPR News reporter Curtis Gilbert writes:

There are black plastic tubes running under the ice filled with glycol (antifreeze) that's refrigerated. I was out there this morning and the ice looked pretty frozen. Organizers say they can handle whatever weather Mother Nature throws at them.
A more worrisome question is what the weather might do to the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which depends on lots of cold weather and ice to support its outdoor fun.

A colder second half of winter is expected. Hopefully it will come in time for the carnival.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.