Thursday January 24

Yesterday was warmer with a bit of rain in the afternoon and evening hours.

Today’s weather will be rain and snow showers likely between 9am and 10am, then snow showers likely after 10am. Temperature falling to around 24 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Tonight is a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. West wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Speaking of the weather, or more specifically the night sky, I saw the Super (Blood) Moon clearly for the first time this season when the clouds “broke” the other evening.  It was huge and looked like it was “just” over the tree tops. It wasn’t red when I saw it, but if you want to learn more and see it in its “red phase” and learn why it turned red, check out this link. Very Impressive.

Congratulations are in order for Mike, Pablo and their team at FireFly Farms in Accident. We just heard that one of their soft-ripened goat’s milk cheeses, MountainTop, is a 2019 Good Foods Awards winner. The 2019 awards were announced at a ceremony held recently in San Francisco, California.  My wife and I love their cheese products and they are good guys and a great success story for artisan foods produced in Garrett County.

Sailing? On the Lake? In January? Yep. According to this piece by Maryland Public Television, Deep Creek Lake has the fastest growing ice boat fleet in the world!  I am not sure when exactly this was “shot” but it first aired in November of last year. The section on our local “ice fleet” starts at 17:20 into the video. This looks like a lot of fun.  Ships ahoy!

If fishing is more your thing, there is still good fishing in the lake and surrounding streams.  Check out this Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing Report for the latest.  Please note that as I write this most of the lake is open water, as the temperatures have risen from the extreme cold of a few days ago.  Where there is ice, I am guessing it is NOT safe to ice fish on.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed fiscal year 2020 work plans for the following state forests: Chesapeake Forest/Pocomoke, Green Ridge, Potomac-Garrett and Savage River. The comment period concludes February 22nd.

Good luck to all that have traveled to Annapolis for the annual PACE conference.  PACE stands for Positive Attitudes Change Everything and it is intended to allow all Garrett citizens to travel to meet, chat and ask questions of our elected officials and administrators at the state level.  In addition to the numerous meetings with legislators and others, there is a reception and breakfast with speakers.  It helps all get involved and keep Western Maryland issues and opportunities in front of those in Annapolis.