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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-19-2011, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Weather Predictions - Chills or a local meteorologist

It looks like the farmers almanac is not holding true. Any idea or predictions when it's going to actually turn winter. Where is the cold and snow?

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For several years running not that long ago (the 90's) our winters were extremely mild. For instance, the ice races scheduled for Lambs Farm were cancelled like 3 years in a row because there was no ice...The promoter eventually gave up. If you wanted to ride ice you needed to go several hundred miles north or into Michigan.
Winter weather is definately late. That does not bode well for a good ice riding and ice racing season, at least close to Chicagoland!

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or ice fishing

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Has the weather around the usual riding spots in Wisconsin (Koshkonong and Silver Lake) been warm like it has been here?
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not quite as warm. Im minutes from Silver Lake. I was in Paddock Lakes Sports a week ago prior to the last warm up and they had only 2 inches of ice. That most likely disappeared with the warm up mid week.
I can see if there's anyone on Camp Lake too.

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No idea. Wish I could tell you but we've been getting so much warm air pumping up from the south, not sure when it'll stop and we'll get the normal cold air from the north.

If we had normal temperatures we'd have over a foot of snow on the ground right now, with all the rain that's been falling.

It still could be a nasty winter, remember it's still technically Fall.

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No idea. Wish I could tell you but we've been getting so much warm air pumping up from the south, not sure when it'll stop and we'll get the normal cold air from the north.

If we had normal temperatures we'd have over a foot of snow on the ground right now, with all the rain that's been falling.

It still could be a nasty winter, remember it's still technically Fall.
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Let me be the first one to say, it is cold enough and we had a white cover over the weekend. That is enough for me, lets bring on Spring.

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You are the CLSB Weatherman, please respond in an on time fashion. We don't pay you to respond almost a full day later.

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I will try to pay closer attention in the future.

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Grashopper: Where you at?
Me: Montreal.
Grasshopper: uh thats far north... ARE the lakes frozen?????
Me: no it just got cold two days ago...
Grasshopper: Fck... there is not gonna be ice racing...


I so wanna try this ice stuff, and than the weather doesn't play along... damn...

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Montreal is about even latitude whise with Minneapolis. It should at least be *starting* to freeze. COME ON ICE!!!!
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A well trusted forecaster on the snowmobile sites is saying the jet stream pattern of late, which was bringing us warm air from the southwest, should shift late next week, setting up temps that are closer to normal.

We'll see.
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ahh another John Dee watcher...

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6 feet of snow in Utah and 60 degrees here would be perfect.
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ahh another John Dee watcher...
Yeah. He tends to err on the side of more snow than actual, but seems to be as good as anyone when it comes to predicting snowfall amounts.
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I was up in the Eau Claire area over the weekend, they're pretty much as warm as we are...relatively at least.

I have a feeling winter is getting ready to put a boot up our collective asses real soon though. I thought it was supposed to be an extremely cold but dry winter?

It's only mid-December.

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Dry? I heard up to 50" of white stuff this winter with a really tough February, but we sure dodged a bullet this week. Maybe it won't be so bad. (said very quietly while looking over my shoulder...)

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We really dodged a bullet last week when we got all that rain. If the temperature had been about 10 degrees cooler we'd have seen 14+ inches of snow in some places.

Once the Jet shifts we'll have a normal Chicago-winter, at least temperature-wise.

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I hope we have another blizzard like last year.
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Dry? I heard up to 50" of white stuff this winter with a really tough February, but we sure dodged a bullet this week. Maybe it won't be so bad. (said very quietly while looking over my shoulder...)
Hey man that's just what I heard. Dry and extremely cold. I don't make the predictions, I just report them

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Did you guys live here in the 1990's? When we had that string of mild winters where places like the Chain of Lakes and Lake Geneva had open water year round for about 5 years straight?
Really...as someone whose life was dictated by winter weather for 25 years I saw both extremes and temps of 38 F at 8:35 PM on December 20 says mild winter to me. I know things can still swing with some pretty cold temps and lots of snow before It's Spring but any way you slice it this weather puts the ice riding/racing season in jeopary. At the very least it sets it back and makes it very short!
They're saying it isn't looking like it will get seasonably cold for at least another week to 10 days. Then it will take at least another 10 days for the ice to be right. At that point you're damn near half way through January and the big races like The Steel Shoe and AMA Nats are in jeopardy of being postponed to February...Say you maybe have only 5 weeks of ridable ice and if we have an early thaw like we did in Feb after the Blizzard last year it's going to be a short ice season for sure! Even shorter if you go to Daytona or are in the MC industry and attend the Feb. trade shows!
I'm still thinking ice but I'm fast coming to the conclusion I'd get more out of thinking Spring!!!

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Montreal is about even latitude whise with Minneapolis. It should at least be *starting* to freeze. COME ON ICE!!!!
Good luck. The daytime temps are above the averages around here. The ice sucks, and the MTB trails aren't staying frozen so no riding those either. The total lack of snow is not helping.

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I have ice fishing planned for mid january. I'm sure there'll be plenty for me by then. I welcome the delayed winter and sure don't care if it thaws early. After january, i won't be fishing again until april or may.
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I've got the snowmobiles and trailer serviced and ready to go. Our group's first trip of the season has already been pushed back 2 weeks because of the lack of snow. I'm waiting with my fingers crossed.
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Let me be the first one to say, it is cold enough and we had a white cover over the weekend. That is enough for me, lets bring on Spring.

Couldn't have said it better myself....lol. F***ing hate Winter!
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6 feet of snow in Utah and 60 degrees here would be perfect.
Utah is close enough to Wyoming I can agree with this.

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