| The Kalends
It's February, and the air is so balmy that crocuses might be fooled into early blooming. Then the inevitable blizzard will come, blighting our harbingers of spring, and putting the numbed yards back undercover.|
-- Gail Mazur (circa 2000)
January is now over and the weather forecast by The Old Farmer's Almanac was better than normal. It predicted January to be cold and dry in this neck of the woods, and as you know, it turned out to be warm and dry, which isn't too bad. We'll see how they do with their "below average temps and above average precip" forecast for February.
By the way, in an article by Joseph D'Aleo, a contributing meteorologist to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the 2009 issue stated that the earth has entered a global cooling period that will probably last for decades. But on the other hand, several issues of the Almanac, both before and after that year, have referred to global warming in one or more articles.
| Ground Hog
|Punxsutawney Phil on Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania and our own local ground hog both saw their shadows as they emerged from their respective dens today.......which means six more weeks of winter. But does that predict a short winter or a long winter? The folks back East in Phil's neck of the woods may think he's predicting that it's going to be a disgustingly long time until Spring-like weather arrives, whereas here in our neck of the woods, we will be delighted if it arrives that soon.|
|February 3rd  ||Today, for the first time this winter, I took a slow (and relaxing) 2 1/2 mile trek along the periphery of Little Bass Lake. I took a lot of pictures along the way and several of them will probably show up as "Today's Picture" over the next week or two. Why did it take this long to finally get at it? The word that comes to mind is "laziness".|
|February 4th  ||Although you people down-state are getting snow, it seems that in this neck of the woods the only precipitation we can hope for these days is what The Old Farmer's Almanac once referred to as "Baker's Snow". Click HERE, and if you'd like a further explanation of the phenomenom, look at the Chronicles entries for January 13 & 14, 2008 which are HERE.)|
|February 5th  ||Spring is coming!!!! Since the winter solstice we've gained an hour and twenty minutes of daylight in this neck of the woods. Nearly an hour of it is the result of the later sunset with only about twenty minutes of it coming from the earlier sunrise.|
|February 6th  ||As of today, Elizabeth II has been Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for 63 years. If she is still the Queen on September 9th of this year (and in all likelihood she will be), she will surpass her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest-reigning British monarch. She already holds the record for being the oldest (89). In honor of the occasion, click HERE, (but the picture is from August of 2007). Long live the Queen!|
|February 7th  ||To see a couple of Little Bass Lake muskrat mounds, click HERE.|
|February 8th  ||On occasion my kids pick on me about living "back in the stone age", as they put it. Well listen to this kids....... A friend of mine (whom you know) just this week got both a cell phone and a debit card "on the same day", and they were his very "first ones" (and he's about my age)! See, I'm not so bad.......or if I am, at least I'm not the only one.|
|February 9th  ||There are still three ice fishing houses out on the lake. Only Lucas (my young friend across the lake) has filed a report, and his winter fishing so far has not been all that successful. It appears that the other houses have been moved many times during the winter (click HERE for an example) which could be an indication that it hasn't been a good year for them either. Of course, these guys are mainly spearing for Northerns; the people who fish LBL for Crappies don't usually fish much until March.|
|February 10th  ||It's 6:30 AM and the radar shows that there may be some SNOW in the cards for later this morning. Even the Farmer's Almanac says that SNOW is in the cards. Can it really be true!?!?!? If it really does snow, this will be a new experience for us people up in this neck of the woods. (Did you notice a little sarcasm in there?) If it really happens, an afternoon of sitting in front of a fire and reading a book sounds rather enjoyable, does it not?|
|February 11th  ||The weatherman was right(!) and so was the Farmer's Almanac for once. Between yesterday and last night we got four, maybe five, inches of snow.......and it was called a "snow storm". In many past years that would have been called "flurries". It's amazing how things can change from year to year. This year a night-time low of 15 below zero has been referred to as "frigid"; last winter it would have been called a "tropical heat wave". (That's true, isn't it Jamie?)|
|February 12th  ||21 below zero this morning.|
|February 13th  ||In case you're wondering, the Twins' equipment is being loaded into the Twins' trailer even as we speak and tomorrow morning it will hit the road heading to Fort Meyers. The baseball season is nearly upon us. (Thanks for the update Sarge.)|
|Valentine's Day  ||
"Do you love me?", she asked.|
"Yes.", he replied.
"Do you really love me?", she asked.
"Yes.", he replied.
"Do you really really love me?", she asked.
"No.", he replied.
"Do you love me?", she asked.
"Yes.", he replied.
She asked no more.
-- Snoopy (aka Charles Schultz)
|February 15th  ||Hey D'Amic....... If you ever see this, let me know, would ya?|
|February 16th  ||What do you suppose made these three passes from snow bank to snow bank across the sidewalk? A mouse? A vole? Something else? Click HERE.|
|Shrove Tuesday  ||(Or Mardi Gras, if you prefer -- also known as Pancake Day in Britain.)   Do you suppose Casey Stengel would say that nobody ever goes to the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans anymore, because it's too crowded?|
|Ash Wednesday  ||It was 25 below zero this morning, which is cold but not all that uncommon in this neck of the woods at this time of the year. The real horror story is what's happening (weatherwise) to North Carolina Laurie and to others in the South. Are you handling the ice and the cold okay Laurie???? How about your granddaughters, do they get to stay home from school?|
|February 19th  ||This is from Gary in Tennesee. Sigh....... Click HERE. Thanks Gary!!!|
|February 20th  ||Back from Escanaba!!!!! Same reason as last year. If you're interested, see last year's February 4th entry. It's HERE.|
|February 21st  ||As you guys who have stayed here know, you never see a deer on LBLR property in the summertime, but as you may not know, they're all over the place in the wintertime. Click HERE.|
|February 22nd  ||Today is the last day to fish for Northerns, Walleyes, and Bass, but fishing for Crappies, Bluegills, and Perch will continue to be legal because those seasons never close. (29 below zero this morning, by the way.)|
|February 23rd  ||This space intentionally left blank.|
|February 24th  ||It's a pretty morning, eh? And it's warm too!!! Click HERE.|
|February 25th  ||It looks like Lucas is done ice fishing for the season, click HERE. LBL is down to one ice fishing house now.|
|February 26th  ||Geez, it's tough walking on the lake some days; look at the wind blowing the snow around. It's almost like a dust storm on Mars. Click HERE. (-26 this morning, by the way.)|
|February 27th  ||Do you recognize this wasteland? It looks worse in the summer than it does now, and it's not far away. Click HERE.|
|February 28th  ||If you see this, please send me an e-mail and let me know.......if you wouldn't mind. It's an experiment. Thanks.|