First up for today’s blog post, the hunting weekend forecast. All week I have been warning about the potential of some rain and snow for opening day. A couple days ago we noticed a trend for that potential messy weather to hold off until later in the day on Saturday and that still looks to be the case. While, I have made a big deal about this storm system throughout the week, it is NOT a big storm by Wisconsin standards.
The weather should be fairly tranquil at sunrise on Saturday with an east wind around 5-10 mph. It will be a little more northeasterly in the northwoods and a bit more southeasterly south of Marathon county. Skies should be partly or mostly cloudy with temps in the upper 20s. The morning hours, through midday, should be mostly dry. The highest chance of rain will be around mid to late afternoon and continuing into the evening. The rain will be light. I am only expecting a tenth of and inch or two. North and west of Marathon county is where the rain will mix with sleet and snow.
The highest chance for 2 to 4 inches accumulation will be north of highway 8. Between highway 64 and highway 8, there will likely be a slushy inch or so of sleet and snow. High temps will range from the mid 30s in the far north to the mid 40s south of Point and Rapids.
The messy precipitation will end late Saturday night leaving us with a dry Sunday (except for a few lake effect snow showers in northern Vilas county Sunday morning). The wind will be a little gusty out of the northwest early Sunday but then die down for the afternoon. We will have partly or mostly sunny skies to round out the weekend but it will be colder. High temps will only reach the low 30s on Sunday.
There you have it. A detailed look at the hunting forecast. After the weekend, please comment in the blog to let me know how accurate it turned out at your hunting cabin.
And for the best news of the day, maybe the week, or year. The US birthrate continues to decline, for the third year in a row! Many headlines are “blaming” the poor economy. I don’t think there is a need to use the negatively connoted word “blame” in this story. We should be celebrating instead. Fewer births means less future pollution. Fewer babies means less disposable diapers filling up landfills. Fewer kids would likely mean fewer families needing welfare. A lower growth rate means less future urban sprawl and traffic.
Now don’t go assuming I am a supporter of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. I am plenty fine with having people on the earth. I am just happy with the number that we have now (around 7 billion). If the population remains stable or even goes down a little in coming decades, it wouldn’t bother me one bit. I know some people are worried about a demographic implosion in “western” countries, but the birth rate is going down in most other areas of the world as well.
The main problem with a stable population is that it does not match with our traditional metrics of economic health. Throughout the last couple of centuries, an expanding economy and general measures of societal well-being were all based on “growth”. Meaning that as long as a country was popping out more kids, building more skyscrapers, paving over more of the land, and sending cities sprawling out into the countryside, then everything was awesome. As I have mentioned before, I think we need to start using smarter metrics of what constitutes societal and individual “economic” well-being.
As for the saying “children are the future”. That is still true in the present day, but it does not mean we all need to have large families, when one will do. Also, I am a big supporter of keeping present generations around much longer through healthy life extension and rejuvenation. I reject the notion that older generations are NOT the future. I would love to keep their wisdom and experience around for years to come.
Have a good weekend! Meteorologist Justin Loew.
This post was written by jloew on November 18, 2011