September 2011 Recap, Food Issues

October 3, 2011 1 Comment

It is a new month and it feels a lot like what it should’ve have felt like last month. September ended up a little bit below normal. This is interesting because there was plenty of warm weather early in the month and we had 6 days when the high temps hit 80 or higher. It was the cool rainy weather during the last 2 weeks of the month that really drove the temps below normal. September is the 7th month out of 9 so far this year that has been below normal.

The one thing above normal during the month was precipitation. In Wausau we ended up with 4.39 inches of precipitation while normal is 3.90 inches. There were no new records for the month but there was one very interesting precipitation event.

Bright Tree in Antigo - by Deb Steidl

We had exactly 1.03 inches of rainfall on consecutive days (the 25th and 26th) and it fell as two distinct rainstorms. There were no odd number patterns in the highs and lows. The most frequent high temps were 83 and 58 – each of which occurred 3 different times during the month. Without further ado, here are the official stats for Wausau:

Average High: 66.8  (normal: 68.8)

Average Low: 47.1  (normal: 48.1)

Precipitation: 4.39″  (normal 3.90″)

Snowfall: 0.00″  (normal 0.00″)

Highest Temperature: 87 on the 1st.

Lowest Temperature: 34 on the 15th


In other news, I hope everyone was able to enter into the snowfall contest before the deadline last Friday. No new entries will be accepted. We are now watching and waiting for the first official 1 inch or greater snowfall here in Wausau. One thing is for sure, it is not coming this week. So if you picked early October, you are out of luck. Speaking of picking a date early in the season, that is where my prediction lies. Most people pick November and that is the obvious choice since the normal first inch of snow occurs on November 14th. This year, I decided to take a chance and go out on a limb. We haven’t had an inch or more of snow in October in quite a few years, so I suspect we might be overdue. I picked October 27th. Seeing as how the overall trend is for warmer than normal temps for this week and next, I might “go down early” in this contest. Here is the list of predictions from our office and media people who are not eligible to win the prizes from the R-stores of Northcentral Wisconsin.

Justin Loew: October 27th

Trav (Big Cheese 1079): November 2nd

Alex Haight: November 4th

Tony Schumacher: November 8th

Rob Duns: November 15th

Cristy (Big Cheese 1079): November 20th

Eric Westphal (Mix 96.7): November 21st

Cami Mountain: November 26th


Lastly, just another update on the unbelievable ongoing regulatory problems faced by natural food producers and local growers – right here in the U.S. and in Wisconsin! Last week I brought the story of a Wisconsin Judge that proclaimed that no one has a fundamental right to grow and consume their own food. Yikes! Even worse this week is the story of the USDA threatening a gestapo-style raid and a $60,000 fine for growing an indoor lemon tree – in Wisconsin!

I am not sure how “buying local” is going to work out if the government keeps harassing and ruining local farming business. I can’t help but wonder when my life is going to be ruined by some soul-less government regulations. Might I be imprisoned for growing a backyard garden? Might I be fined thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars for growing a lemon tree in my house? Since I also have a lime tree, coffee tree, and a pomegranate bush, who knows, maybe the penalty is life in prison. I didn’t notice any comments on the topic last week. I wonder if anyone else is disturbed by this trend? I am well aware that younger folks tend to think food “comes from the grocery store” (and don’t really care), and that many people do not grow much if any of their own food, but this has still got to be a little scary to someone out there.

Have a good Monday! Meteorologist Justin Loew.

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  1. Ray says:

    Outrageous indeed in regards to the lemon tree. This has been going on for over a decade, maybe much longer in many areas of gardening and keeping of animals. It is always in the name of protecting X from Y. Buzzwords to watch for, exotic or endangered species, and derivatives of those themes. In this case a disease could wipe out the entire citris crop. COULD. Two genus of fish were banned in the U.S. thanks to one possibly two species that could tolerate cold, snakeheads. I wonder if they were called kittyfaces if the public would have been so quick to believe frankenfish etc? Most of the species from the genus that the two species are from are tropical in nature, and smaller stature. No different than most fish you find at pet shops. The other genus is also tropical and would not survive anywhere but Florida – if it would there even. Quotes from those in charge of that were similar to this “who needs to keep these things anyways” and “we cannot trust people to be able to distinguish the bad specie from the others.” Nobody wants to open a pandora’s box but at the same time the “gestapo” like tactics seem to have gone way past being reasonable and prudent towards our land.

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