Wednesday August 9th, 2017


Silver Cliff Picnic & Parade this Saturday

Nice weather this weekend

The whitewater rafting and river tubing continues to be good

Greetings and welcome!

Last Saturday’s weather didn’t quite go as planned. We were expecting mostly clear and pleasant weather. Saturday afternoon pop-up thunderstorms came our way and gave us some downpours. It was interesting in that they were very localized. I looked one way and the sky was menacing and black, and the other way it was blue with harmless puffy clouds. The USGS rain gauge by Kosir’s showed about 1/2″ each day.

We are again looking at a nice forecast for the weekend. The NWS is looking for sunny and mid-70s weather both days this weekend, and low temps in the mid-50s. A look at the various forecast models supports that with high pressure dominating our weather. Like last weekend, summer can produce some pop-up storms just from the heating of the day, so as always, be ready for anything.

We have some rain coming for tonight through Friday with the focus on Thursday. Thursday looks pretty wet. Looking at the GFS QPF it is only showing us in the 0.25-0.5″ range, but the 0.5-0.75″ bands are close both to the north and south. Thunderstorms can up those totals significantly, but it is hard to guess where that will happen.

The whitewater rivers continue to be above normal, and Thursday’s rain should keep that train rolling. The Peshtigo River is running at 364cfs right now, well above the normal of 200cfs. Likewise the Menominee River is running at 1840cfs, again above the mean of 1410. Get it while you can.

The higher water has also extended the lazy river tubing season at Kosir’s. The river can get too low and rocky for tubing, and that hasn’t happened yet this year.

On a related note, the TV weather guy on the morning news said that this was the wettest year on record in Green Bay.

A lot of people have been asking and commenting on this wet year translating to a snowy winter. I am skeptical. I have seen this before, and my recollection is that a wet summer does not always translate to a wet winter. I do point out that the June rains estimated at 6-9″ would make a very interesting January. With a 12:1 snow to rain translation and a couple of storms coming as rain, we would still be looking at 4+ feet of snow in one month. That would indeed be an interesting winter.

The paper wasps support a good winter. The legend goes that low nests mean a low snow winter. Last summer you could walk into a nest face first because they were 4-6′ off of the ground. This year they are high up in the trees. Hmmm.

Events- This Saturday is the Silver Cliff Picnic and Parade. Here is the info on that and the other events this weekend.

August 12
40th Annual Silver Cliff Fire & Rescue Aux. Picnic – Silver Cliff Memorial Picnic Grounds
Parade line-up at 9 AM, Parade at 10 AM – Picnic from 11 am – 5 pm  – Food & Drink, Games & Raffles, Fun for the whole family

August 12
Annual ACA Duck Run at the County V Park west of Amberg
Starts at 11am, public is invited. Paddle wheel, raffles, food and refreshments. Ducks for sale at Mathis Hardware, Driftwood Sport & Fuel, Amberg Pub.

Aug. 12, 13, and Aug. 17-20
Oconto County FairZippel Park, Gillett
Demoliton derbies, horse, truck and tractor pulls, animal judging, exhibits, bands, family entertainment and carnival

I am looking forward to getting outside to start on my fall work. I am hammering away at catching up on my inside work and making good progress. It is kicking my butt having all of these unusually comfortable late July and early August days get past me, knowing that in about 6 weeks I will be happy to have a 70 degree day and an 8pm sunset. On that note I am going to run along.

Have a good weekend and thank you for visiting!


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