Tuesday December 7th, 2010

Greetings and welcome!

The mock snowmobile incident was a cool event. To me it really demonstrated the consequences of making that risky move on a snowmobile. The big one was how long you would be laying there if you do crash. In good circumstances, the bidding starts at about an hour.

As mentioned I am planning on a big writeup and photo gallery about it on the Bear Point Sno-Cruiser’s web site.

I am a little behind in my work right now, but going gangbusters to catch up. Last December was brutal, this December I have more work than I know what to do with. Snowmobiles, computers, web sites, and plenty of them have been coming in. I am also very proud to be hosting or helping on no less than 6 different snowmobile club web sites this year. I am stretched a little thin, but I’m delighted about it and working hard to get on top of it. Bear with me, I’ll get there.

The weather is starting to get interesting. We have a little storm coming about Thursday evening that could bring 1-3 or 2-4. There is a little bigger storm coming about Saturday night. That one looks like it will track a little south of ideal, but we could still see 1-3 or 2-4 out of it. Folks downstate can expect a little more.

Behind the weekend storm is what looks like the coldest weather of the season so far. If it plays out as shown we will have very cold temps plus a couple of day of strong north winds Sunday-Tuesday. Look for highs in the low teens and lows in the low single digits, or maybe crossing the zero mark. Winds are reasonable to predict at 15-30. Sure it’s a day 5 or 6 model, but burr.

Later in the 16 day GFS there is a small disturbance with a little snow about 10 days out. Fifteen and sixteen days out it is showing a pretty much ideal snow storm for us. Think 6-9″ or more about on the 22nd.

Our cold fall has brought a nice head start of ice on the lakes and frost in the ground. When I went by a few days ago Townsend Flowage and Waubee Lake were both frozen across. A few guys are venturing out to fish already on bays and small lakes. The lakes should be getting a good roof for this time of year. The cold after the weekend should add some ice too.

Now bring on the snow.

I have been a little surprised about how fast the firewood is going this year. I am almost through my first cord of premium oak, and I’d guess that came about a week early this year. Wednesday I will bring in about a week’s worth of wood. With the cold expected after the weekend, I will be dipping into the all nighter pile of big oak, hard maple, and ironwood. Again, that is a week or more early, that usually happens about Christmas. Those extra days cutting wood this summer are paying off.

For those of you lucky enough to be able to go to the snow, it looks like the UP around Marquette has been getting pounded with lake effect snow. Yesterday the weather guy on TV said that they had 8 down and another 10-18 on the way. The north winds have been merciless, and so has the snow on the radar. There has to be riding opportunities there.

That is about it for this morning. Have a good week and thank you for visiting!