May 2018 bring you, your family and friends good health, happiness, peace and prosperity. My short-term wish is for mild winter temps and lots of snow -for lots of winter snowshoeing. Hiking through the woods and across open meadows, along high ridges that overlook deep valleys; up rivers and across lakes and streams. Simple enough, eh!
It’s been two years since I’ve been on snowshoes, and that’s all going to change in 2018, starting today! Thus far we’ve had little snow and lots of cold weather this winter season. Recent morning temperatures have been in the -5 to -15 degree F range with wind chills of -15 to – 35 degrees F. Daytime highs over the past week have been from -4 to 6 degrees F. Over the past week, night time wind chill temps along the Superior Hiking Trail have ranged from -20 degrees to -47 degrees F. It’s just been too cold and dry to get any significant snow. Forecasts predict more of the same over the next 7-10 days. Time will tell, but January is known to be colder than December, on average!
In a few hours, my wife and I are scheduled to lead a couple groups of people snowshoeing some trails at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I’ve been hoping for 20 degrees and a few inches of fresh snow -alas, my outdoor thermometer shows a temp of -7 degrees F at 0845 hrs. We may have small groups on the trail today. 😉 I’ll keep you posted.
73 de Mike, KEØGZT