Since I've been posting pictures of some wildlife, I passed a bear and her cubs on the side of the road in northern Minnesota yesterday.
It was late in the afternoon between Nett Lake and Orr on County 23 when I saw a large black shape ahead on the road's edge. I slowed down, but once I realized it was a mother and cubs, I didn't want to slow down too much and piss her off. The last thing I wanted was an angry mom rushing my car!
I snapped this photo (to the right) as I was coasting past, so it turned out a little less clear than I was hoping.
From Black to White.
It looks possible that the beginning of this next week will be damp across the Lake Superior region. We desperately need precipitation, as all of Wisconsin is currently under Very High Fire Danger, which has prompted bans on all burning until the danger level drops (more on this below).
This map (to the left) is from the HPC and shows the probability of 4" (or more) of snow on Day 2 (Sunday and Sunday night). Northern Wisconsin is located in a 40-70% likelihood of at least 4" of snow. We'll have to watch this storm system as it approaches throughout the weekend.
Here's a snippet from this morning's discussion (03:38 local time), where the forecaster is looking towards Sunday and Monday's snow chances:
A FEW INCHES OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY... MAINLY IN OUR EASTERN ZONES INCLUDING PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST WISCONSIN AND THE ARROWHEAD. SUNDAY NIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY MORNING WILL BE THE MOST LIKELY TIMES OF ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL. WE MAY EVENTUALLY NEED A HEADLINE FOR SNOWFALL... BUT IT`S TOO EARLY TO ISSUE.
"Headline for snowfall" means a possible winter advisory or winter weather watch, meaning that certain criteria may be reached. This only means that someone may see more than an inch or two of snow.
Statewide Fire Danger.
With most of our snow melted and gone, and a very dry period the last two weeks, fire danger has increased from the dry air and brown grass.
This map (to the right) is from Wisconsin DNR and is constantly updated throughout the day.
As of 7:00 this morning, the entire state is under a Very High Fire Danger, with bans on burning in all DNR administered counties.
This elevated fire danger region is also the area affected by a severe drought, so either way, precipitation is needed. The current drought map can be viewed (here) from the US Drought Monitor, and is updated every Thursday.
Until the fire danger level drops, please be cautious with cigarettes, burning barrels, and campfires!!!