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Even though there has not been snow in a while, farmers are just beginning to see the effects of this year’s brutal winter.
Every winter, Mackinac Island’s horses are moved to the mainland, where it is cheaper to feed them during the tourism off-season. And every spring, the horses make their triumphant return to the island.
This year’s extra long winter is pushing back the production of one of nature’s sweetest treats. Syrup farmers are saying they finally expect to begin collecting sap this week.
The state House and Senate have not been able to agree on a mid-year budget bill.
This winter is shaping up to be one of the worst on record, according to a new tool has been created by weather experts to measure the “misery” of each winter season.
What better way to plunge into a brutal winter than taking a plunge into your local pool or pond? Maybe not recreationally, but to raise money for a good cause.
Winter is known for being a season of severe weather. Trees can be damaged by windstorms, lightning, ice and snow. Arborists say homeowners should know in advance how their trees will handle winter weather.
Ben Veling, master arborist with Timberwolf Tree Care, said a few tree species such as Chinese elm, silver maple and some poplars, have brittle wood that is easily broken and can cause serious damage.
“The best thing people can do is to be active with their trees, is to have an interaction. Have a baseline, understand what the potential risks might be, some species are more prone to failure than others, and some have characteristic growth that is more likely to fail in storms or ice buildup than other trees. So having a good discussion with your arborist would be a great way to start, another thing to do is keep up on the maintenance.”
According to Veling, it’s essential to pay attention to a tree’s weakness because the stability and integrity will decrease over time as it ages.
In the interest of full disclosure, Timberwolf Tree Care is an underwriter of CMU Public Radio. To find an arborist near you click here
While the winter brings holiday cheer, the weather creates treacherous conditions for drivers on the road.