First off, today is Arbor Day and in recognition, how about a nice article from the U.S. Forest Service about the benefits of large urban trees. I have some very large trees in my backyard. As far as I can tell, they are the largest (and maybe the oldest) pine trees in all of Wausau. The trunks are about 4 feet in diameter – maybe a little larger. No doubt they provide a lot of benefits, but unfortunately in my situation, they do cause a little trouble as well. You know I like to garden. Well, the large trees limit the size of the garden space I can create in my backyard because they not only shade much of the yard but also block light rainfall from reaching ground level. Let us not even get into the raking required in the Fall and Spring. If the trees were not so large (and perhaps historic), they would have “gotten the axe” already. So what is a gardener to do? Thankfully I know a fellow in the country who allows me to grow a few things on his farm.
Secondly, this weekend is the BIG fishing opener on Wisconsin waters, or maybe I should say it is kind-of the fishing opener. As most people who enjoy fishing know, the regulations have changed and changed again over the last couple decades and you always have to check specific regulations pertaining to the body of water you are fishing on. For many species of fish and many bodies of water, the fishing opener has either already occurred or will happen at some later date. So if you were wondering why I didn’t make a big fuss about the fishing “opener” on TV or in the blog, this is why. It is also the case (much to the lament of many people who fish) that the number of people who fish has declined as a percentage of the population. It used to be something that everyone I knew did regularly, now it is maybe 50%. It is similar to our hunting heritage which I wrote about previously.
One thing to keep in mind if you are out on the waters tomorrow – wind. The southwest wind on Saturday will be 20 to 30 mph with gusts reaching 35 to 40 mph. This will make it difficult to maneuver or anchor your boat. Stay safe and good luck!
Per usual, I could write another few paragraphs, but time is short. I still have to work on the snowmelt contest. Unknown to many is that we usually end up hundreds of mailed in entries. We have to type them all in by hand. This usually takes a couple weeks, doing maybe 25 to 50 day. If you still haven’t entered, midnight tonight is the cut-off. No entries received after midnight tonight will be accepted. Rules are rules. Also, one entry per person, so if you already made your prediction – disregard the final sentence.
Have a good weekend! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on April 30, 2010