Thursday November 21, 2013

Greetings and welcome!

The masses have already started gathering for deer camp today. We saw a lot of hunters around, and most of the taverns on the way home from work were doing a good business.

Hunters will want to bring your union suit and Stormy Chromers along, it is going to be a cold weekend. Here is the NWS take on it..

  • Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. West wind 8 to 13 mph becoming north northwest after midnight.
  • Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 18. North northwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
  • Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 5. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph.
  • Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 21.

We will be definitely be making ice this weekend.

When I went past Morgan Lake (3 miles west of Wausaukee on C) Wednesday morning it had about 2/3 of the lake skinned over. All that we need is a weekend like the one ahead and we will start getting a real roof on the lakes and some frost into the ground.

It snowed a little Wednesday night, but not much. It was a sloppy mix that didn’t add up to much. When I checked the back step at 4am there was about a 1/8-1/4″ layer of ice. The shady spot in the driveway held a light cover of snow but the roads were just wet.

There is snow heading this way on radar, but again it is not expected to add up to much. The NWS is saying less than an inch. Mostly it is just announcing the arrival of the big push of cold air for the weekend.

I am not seeing a lot of snow over the next couple of weeks according to the GFS forecast model. Mostly it is showing a good bit of seasonal or colder weather heading our way. You know that I prefer a good dose of cold before the snow to freeze the ground and lakes, and it looks like it is going that way, at least at the moment. That is ok, it is still 25 days until the trails can open.

The UP will be a different story. The cold air and strong winds this weekend should really set off the lake effect snow. Air cold enough to take us down to 5 degrees will be blowing across the relatively warm (42-45F) lake at a brisk pace. That is the recipe for some real snow in the favored areas. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a stray cloud or two blow this way with some flurries if the wind is strong enough.
I’d love to stick around and chat but I am off to the blue room. The season is just about here and I have plenty to do. Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!RJB