Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of the flood event that occurred late last week. We were able to show many of them on the air and it helped document how the flooding was so widespread. Here is one last picture that might give you a chuckle. It was taken by Cynthia Johnson along the Rib River in Taylor county. During this flooding event the street sign was no longer adequate. An interesting side note is that I have been down this road in the past. On many maps it is shown as a through street which it is not.
Flooding along the Rib River
The road ends at the Rib River. It is fairly shallow at this location and when I was there it looked like people with big trucks and/or ATVs still cross through the water. I was fishing on that day and ended up at the dead end. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME: I took a chance and drove my tiny car across the river. The water was a little more than a foot deep and I was probably quite lucky that my car did not get stuck or floated a bit down the river. There was little danger of drowning since the river doesn’t get more than 2 or 3 feet deep along that stretch, but it sure would have been a pain-in-the-you-know-what if I had gotten stuck. It would have been costly to call in a tow truck.
I went fishing this past weekend and I was blocked quite often by flooded roadways near the Wisconsin river. This time, I did not attempt any foolish crossings since the rivers were dangerously high. For trout fishing, the high water ruined that chance of catching a fish in most of my favorite spots. On the big water, such as the Wisconsin River, the fishing was surprisingly good. I stopped by the Castle Rock dam in southern Adams county and people were catching all kinds of fish. Dan, the fellow that owns the bait shop by the dam said that the fish come toward shore out of the current to get food. Due to the high water, there is a lot of new territory for the fish to forage in and they take advantage. I saw pails full of bass and people hooking a couple muskies. For musky fishing, I don’t know if there is a better place than the Castle Rock dam. Throughout the year, there are a handful of 40 inch plus muskies caught every week! Dan has all the proof in pictures. It is also a good spot to catch large 20 inch plus brown trout – a reason I keep coming back.
Some other odds and ends:
Be sure to enter the “First Snowfall Contest”. You can enter real easy here: http://waow.upickem.net/upickem/registration/login.asp?contestid=21669
Once again there are some great prizes provided by the R-Stores(25 different locations!) of northcentral Wisconsin. Just think how much ice melter you will be able to buy at the R-Store if you win one of the gift cards. If you want to take a bit more of a chance (and perhaps increase your odds of winning the random drawing) then pick a date in October or December. Otherwise our first inch of snow usually comes in November. One entry per person. Good Luck.
I have recently spent a little blog time knocking down a couple forms of alternative energy (primarily grain ethanol and biodiesel in general, and wind energy a bit) and it was about time I got around to space solar energy. The idea is to put solar panels in space and then beam the energy down to earth for use. It is doable with enough money (the large initial investment is a big drawback) and the technical hurdles are not that bad. Here are a couple of articles with different approaches: article one and article two. The one part of the equation many people are not talking about is the environmental aspect. I am quite sure that environmental organizations will put an end to this idea because of the requirement of “beaming” energy down to earth. A large percentage of the energy will be absorbed by the atmosphere. I suspect many people will be unnerved about the air being hit with a additional beam of radiation from space all day long.
Due to my recent vacation and the flooding, I was not able to get to the CPC long range outlooks released last week.
The most interesting change for our area is that there is now a bit higher chance of colder than normal temps for our area late in the Winter and in early Spring. Also of note is the forecast for a greater chance of warmer than normal weather in October. This should be great for getting out to see the Wisconsin Fall colors. You had better act soon though. The colors are peaking in the northwoods this week! It seems the colors are turning almost a week early this year.
I was out for a drive yesterday and took a few pictures. I hope to share a few of these pics tomorrow.
Have a nice Monday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
Posted under Alternative Energy, CPC Outlook, First Snowfall 2010, Flooding, Viewer pictures
This post was written by jloew on September 27, 2010