Currently 27° here in Otsego and the plant life is dead with the exception of a few hardy mums which live in my wife’s flower gardens. I pulled up what was left of my tomato plants yesterday, we had a good crop this year, I am going to miss them. Home grown are much better than store bought in my opinion. After the first killing frost the NWS doesn’t put out the frost and freeze warnings as it officially ends the growing season.
Here at my house when the water temperature in my fish pond drops to below 50° it is time to clean it and the pump which aerates it and cover the whole thing for the winter months. The fish float at the bottom and go dormant. When I uncover it in the spring they magically come back to life and are ready to eat. We also have frogs which live in there when it is warm, they disappear when the weather gets cold. The worse thing about uncovering the pond in the spring is that we always have several stupid moles which made a wrong turn during the winter floating in there.
We used to keep Koi in the pond which grew up to around 12 inches, some had the bad habit of jumping out and dieing. Before I bought a generator if power went out during storms they would die because they need clean water to thrive. We keep gold fish in there now which grow up to the same size and can exist in pretty much any water conditions.
We have a 60 gallon aquarium inside where we keep gold fish because they are easier to take care of. We used to have more exotic fish in there but there life spans weren’t as long as the gold fish. The average life span of a pet goldfish is five to 10 years. In the wild, they can live as long as 25 years. In fact, the oldest goldfish ever recorded was 43 years old. They are essentially a breed of carp and are related to Koi. They largest fish I ever caught was a 35 inch carp in School Section Lake east of Martin.
Now it is time for our weekly Michigan weather history:
1974: It is one of the coldest mornings on record in western Lower Michigan with temperatures falling into the teens. Grand Rapids falls to 18 degrees, the lowest October temperature on record.
1953: An extended October warm spell culminates with record highs around 80 degrees. At Grand Rapids, it is the third consecutive day with record high temperatures.
1955: A cold front moving into warm and humid air results in severe thunderstorms across southwest Lower Michigan. High winds and hail caused considerable damage to windows, roofs, automobiles and trees as a severe storm passed about 15 miles south of Grand Rapids.
1959: A tornado struck near Evart in Osceola County around 4 PM, with only minor tree damage.
1963: Michigan is in the midst of a spell of record warm weather. Lansing reaches 80 degrees or higher on five consecutive days from the 22nd to the 26th.
1967: A tornado injures four people as it destroys a trailer in Monterey Township, Allegan County.
2001: A squall line moves across southern Lower Michigan producing widespread wind damage and several tornadoes. The town of Schoolcraft in Kalamazoo County is hit by winds estimated up to 100 mph, causing extensive tree damage and some structural damage. The town of Marshall in Calhoun County also sustains some damage to homes as winds gust between 60 and 80 mph.
1962: Snow accumulates an inch or two across southwest Lower Michigan as an October cold snap continues. Low temperatures fall into the 20s at most locations for four straight days from the 24th to the 27th.
1869: Several inches of snow pile up across southwest Lower Michigan. The 5.5 inches at Lansing is a record for early season snowfall and the high temperature there only reaches 34 degrees.
2008: Thunderstorms combine with a cool air mass to bring some hail to Lower Michigan. Small hail covered the ground in a few locations.
1967: The heaviest October snowstorm on record strikes southwest Lower Michigan with widespread amounts greater than 6 inches. A total of 8.4 inches at Grand Rapids is almost double the amount of the next greatest October snowstorm.
Not seeing much in the way of an active weather pattern for our area in the near term. We will see cool temps with partly cloudy skies today. Mostly cloudy skies will return tomorrow and last through early next week with perhaps a few areas of drizzle – no storm systems are in sight until late next week.
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