Monday 12-15-14

Dec 15, 2014

Greetings and welcome!

The heat wave has won. After another day in the 40s we are pretty much down to bare ground both at work in Wausaukee and here in Silver Cliff. There are spots of snow where it was piled up and in sheltered spots, but looking out the back door the yard has patchy snow at best.

The fog on the way home from work was wicked. I am guessing that I had maybe 100′ visibility. Fog is never good for a snow lover.. except.. there is some local folklore/old timer wisdom that says 6 weeks after a big fog will be a big snow. Hopefully it is one of many.

I have the Green Bay weather channel 2-2 on the TV and I am watching a pretty good swath of rain overrun the area. It is only misting out at the moment, but there is darker green and even yellow heading our way on the radar. The rain/snow line is north of Lake Superior, so the UP is sharing in the rain and warmth too.

There is also a band of snow behind the rain, but that is the subject to some debate. The GB weather channel is counting our accumulation in tenths of an inch. The NWS and I are seeing about 1-2, and I’ll throw in the possibility of a bonus inch.

It definitely stinks loosing almost rideable trails and a good start on an ice base on the back roads when we should be opening trails. After seeing how soft the ground is under the snow this may have been for the best. We really don’t have much frost in the ground, and that would come back to bite us later in the season as well as in the form of soft and muddy spots in the short term. I am not happy about the meltdown at all, but there might be a little good in it.

Ice fishermen might not like it either. When I went by Waubee Lake Sunday there was a lot of water on the ice.

Now it needs to cool off.

It looks like for the next week we will be about normal for temperatures. We are looking at mid-20s for high temps after Wednesday, And about mid teens for lows. We will be under high pressure, so no precip is expected for at least a week, but clear skies could bring some colder than expected nights.

About the 23rd & 24th the GFS is showing a clipper coming with a little snow and much colder air behind it. There is also a second storm that is shown passing to our south. We will see how that works out. At 9 days out details are subject to a lot of change.

Unless the back of the storm surprises us, it might be a couple of weekends before trails open around here. Places that had more snow and had enough to handle a 4 day thaw and some rain will probably come away from it with a nice ice base once the cold weather returns.

Time for me to run. Have a good night and thank you for visiting!

RJB