Sunday 12-3-17

Dec 3, 2017

Greetings and welcome!

I am pretty unhappy this morning. I had planned on going to the vintage show yesterday and I got distracted by some must-do stuff right away yesterday morning. I love seeing the old sleds and lots of snowmobiling friends and I am a little crabby that I missed it.

It looks like winter starts on Tuesday. Today and Monday we will have high temps in the mid-40s. Next week and as far as the 16 day GFS forecast model reaches we could see high temperatures as low as 22, and lows in the low teens or even single digits. It doesn’t look likely that we will see a 30 degree day for at least a couple of weeks.

This is good for snowmobilers on several levels. First a good start on ice on the lakes and frost in the ground is key to having the trails survive thaws, and can mean an extra weekend or two at the end of the season. The folks in the Lake Superior lake effect snow areas should have a very good couple of weeks. There is some very cold air heading our way and a set up that would favor lake effect snow.

The GFS model does not give those of us that rely on system snows much to look forward to. There are a couple of systems that could turn into snow makers, but I don’t see any big storms to get excited about. I am not too worried about it, 16 day forecasts often change. For right now I am happy to have the cold giving us a good start.

A friend told me that there is a Tucker Sno-Cat outfit coming to Rhinelander soon. That is great news for clubs who can now get parts and be back in 3 hours instead of waiting for a day or more to have them shipped. Having a groomer back on the trail Saturday afternoon instead of Tuesday is good. With Rhinelander’s north central location this is a positive thing for a lot of clubs in northern WI and the UP.

Time to go and take advantage of the last warm day in the foreseeable future. Have a good Sunday and thank you for visiting!

RJB