Sunday 9/21/2014

Greetings and welcome!

It is a cold windy damp Sunday today. It was actually a little hot yesterday with temps getting toward 80, but a line of rain overnight announced a big change. Today it is 54 and windy, and wet from the 1/2″ plus of rain last night.

The fall colors are really starting to shine this week. It seems a lot later than usual. When I was up on Hwy 8 last week a patch of maples west of Dunbar was just on fire with color. There were some pretty nice ones farther south as the week progressed too.

The early maples are the most vivid, and they bring some of the purples and gradient colored leaves. It is my favorite part of the show and it is starting to be really nice. I expect things to move fast now. When I walked outside the sumac patch was very colorful, and some of the maples were getting there.

Here are a couple of quick shots from here at the house. There are places where the color is a lot nicer.

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The weather since late summer has been a mixture of nice days and more than normal rainfall. I saw a map yesterday that showed that the region was a degree cooler than average and had between 2-4x normal rainfall. That sounds about right. We had a lot of really pleasant days and no hot weather, and we definitely have had some rain.

Fall is a busy time around here. There is firewood to cut, cars that need fixing and maintenance, the house and well house that need winterizing and about 20 other things that I don’t want to do in the snow.

I am expecting another rough winter this year and there is a lot to get ready. Between that, websites and computer repairs, and my regular job, I have been a busy boy. That is why I haven’t been updating as much. I don’t see it getting better in the short term, but it will eventually.

Well I am off to go and wave hello on the Big Snow Page, and then it is back to work. Have a good week and thank you for visiting!



Sunday 9/7/14

Greetings and welcome!

In my limited travels I have seen minimal damage from last week’s storm. Yesterday when I went up to Benson Lake Rd on Parkway (Hwy I), there were only a couple of trees down here and there. The ride back down Harper and Old J found the same thing. There were a couple down between Old J and F along Hwy C.

The heavy rain caused a lot of gravel road edges and places with gradient to was out little gulleys. That was the majority of storm damage that I saw up there.

I suspect that there is more damage south. There were reports of trees down in Crooked Lake and a TV news report showed some in Crivitz too.

Yes Shaffer’s Restaurant near Crivitz did burn down. It was the chicken place for a lot of people. They haven’t declared it a total loss yet, but it is pretty badly damaged. It is not clear if it was lightning from the big storms or another source that started the fire. They are still working on that.  There was a lot of powerful lightning with the storm, so it is certainly a possibility.

It was a cool one last night, with a low of 43. I actually started a small fire in the wood burner that morning to take the chill off. That might happen again soon, later in the week we are looking at a chance of highs in the mid 50s and a shot at some frost, or at least pretty cold nights.

On that note, I am off to cut some firewood while it is still 70 & sunny.

Have a good week and thank you for visiting!