Mind Wandering in A Quiet Pattern
Posted by Pete Bouchard
Couple things bug me...
1) People who won't yield when there's a lane closure ahead.
2) Increasing EEE and West Nile threat.
3) Forest bugs, like the Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and the Mountain Pine Beetle. (Bugs that, left unchecked, will ultimately mean the demise of those tree species.)
4) Early Season Winter forecasts
Numbers 1 and 4 we just deal with. I have no answers for rude people or those that fantasize about warm/cold or dry/snowy winters that are a season or two away. When our forecasts are keen enough to see a season or two ahead, you'll be the first to know.
But numbers 2 and 3 are something that the old timers say, "we never worried about". True, some may be climate change, some may be a decrease in natural predation, and some may be poor forest management, but it's really starting to effect the way we do things. Apple orchards, farms, parks and ball fields are closing early because of the mosquito threat, camping is full of restrictions about firewood and the way it's brought and bought, and some of the most essential trees to the forest ecosystem (rabbits/squirrels/chipmunks love hemlocks) are going the way of the elm and chestnut - antique lumber on display in the finest homes and museums. (As a woodworker, I don't begrudge this, I just wish there was more of it around.)
Whew! Thanks for that. Just felt like venting.
Anyway, the weather is certainly something we can all get behind. Plenty of sun and slightly warmer temps tomorrow. We'll peak in the low 80s before the slide begins. Temps will sag this weekend, and after that, I'm not seeing another day at 80+....but no frost either.
Keep up with the bug juice. And don't transport firewood in or out of state.
That concludes my diatribe.