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Ecopebble Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, Black

ECOXGEAR

$59.9

Product Description

The ECOPEBBLE by ECOXGEAR is a compact portable audio solution with Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-hour lithium ion battery, and waterproof design that floats. The ECOPEBBLE includes a built-in ¼” attachment for optional mounting, a rugged impact resistant outer shell offering an ideal audio device for use literally anywhere you prefer to take your audio.
  • IPX7 Waterproof. Fully submersible in Water
  • Rugged, Waterproof and Floating Bluetooth Speaker
  • Bluetooth Wireless Audio Connection for use with Smartphones and other Smart Devices
  • 5 Watt Full-fidelity Mono Speaker
  • Top Panel Control Buttons: Power, Bluetooth Pairing, Volume +/-, and Speakerphone Answer
  • Built in Battery: Lithium Rechargeable, 7 hour play or talk time (actual time may varies due to volume and song selection)
  • Micro USB Charging Jack
  • 3.5mm Aux-In Jack
  • Fully re-charges in 2.5 hours
  • Mounting Options via ¼ 20” Camera mount screw post
  • Nylon Lanyard & Carabineer Clip
  • Height: 2 7/8″
  • Width: 2 7/8″
  • Depth: 2 13/16″
  • Weight: 8 oz

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 Ecopebble Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, Blue

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HERO4 Action Camera

Binoculars
Binoculars
Quality Score: 99 It was designed for fly fishermen, but use it and all its pockets, as you like
Redington Clark Fork Mesh Fishing Vest
Sage Large/X-Large. It Has A Pocket For Everything, under $40.00.

I own a ‘cheap’ multi pocket vest. Its over 15 years old and is still in service.   Naturally the fabric has worn, a zipper broke and with the blessing of a few home repairs, it lives and does the utilitarian tasks I ask of it when fishing, shopping or carrying coins, when I visit casinos.  I believe this vest will also deliver good value.  mlp

Very practical and very attractively priced.
Pockets galore.  It was designed for fly fishermen, but use it and all its pockets, as you like.

Global Gift Ideas

No presents? No problem:                                   an enriching gift that keeps on giving.

You'll love visiting this hospitable and friendly destination.
You’ll love visiting these hospitable and friendly destinations.

The world’s 10 friendliest countries.

When choosing their next holiday destination, most people begin with the scenery, or the culture or those unpronounceable ruins everyone says you have to see. But we believe that ‘friendliness’ should be high on the priority list. When you’re a million miles from home, and every street corner looks the same, and you’re hungry and lost and have limited phone reception, friendliness can be next to godliness.

It’s a virtue a number of organisations are finally starting to take into account when ranking countries in their annual ‘Mine is Better Than Yours’ poll. The World Economic Forum’s most recent report ranked 140 nations from the most to the least friendly. And for those travellers looking for a warm welcome, a helping hand and a friendly face, look no further than their Top 10 Friendliest Countries.

10. Burkina Faso

Proving that you don’t have to have much to be happy, tiny Burkina Faso in West Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world and, apparently, one of the friendliest. Perhaps it’s the stunning waterfalls, incredible wildlife and rolling amber deserts that puts a grin on the locals’ faces. Or maybe it’s the small but burgeoning tourist industry. Either way it’s a unique destination just crying out for an Intrepid holiday.

 9. Ireland

No surprises here. When your national drink is Guinness and you have a proclivity for seeing magical green fairies everywhere, it’s only natural to greet people with a smile. Ireland is renowned for its friendly locals and warm hospitality. If you want to learn the gift of the gab, go kiss the Blarney Stone just outside Cork.

8. Bosnia & Herzegovina

Don’t be fooled by the fact WWI started here, Bosnians are some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet and have the growing tourism stats to prove it. Intrepid travellers can’t get enough of B&H’s picturesque mountain villages, cultural east-west fusion and world-class river rapids.

7. Portugal

It’s hard not to be happy in Portugal. Looking out over the rolling hills of Beiras, some fresh black olives in one hand, maybe a glass of velvety Douro valley port in the other, life starts to make sense. This welcoming country has inspired writers, artists and musicians, as well as about 13 million happy holiday makers each year.

6.  Senegal

The beating epicentre of new Africa, Senegal is a stunning blend of glitzy nightlife, white-sand beaches and lush tropical forests, with a dash of saucy colonial French charm thrown in for good measure. Wherever you go here you’ll be greeted with a smile, and that friendliness is paying dividends for the country’s booming tourist trade.

5. Austria

If Julie Andrews were singing Her Favourite Things today, statistics indicate she would include ‘tourists’ alongside ‘brown paper packages tied up with string’. Austria has become known as one of Europe’s friendliest holiday destinations in recent years. Not only is it a stunning picture-postcard of alpine scenery, glacial lakes and architectural wonders, it’s one of the few places on the continent where it’s not unusual to be ‘Good morning’d’ by strangers on your. Vibrant in summer and festive in winter, Austria holidays are perfect any time of year.

4. Macedonia

It must be all those mountains, but there’s something special about Macedonia. Apart from its crumbling ancient ruins, hilltop monasteries and jaw-dropping alpine views, the friendliness of locals is fast becoming world-renowned. Head to the beautiful lakeside town of Ohrid for a crash course in genuine Slavic hospitality.

3. Morocco

It’s not too surprising Moroccans are good with travellers. Historically the gateway to North Africa and a bustling trading hub alive with the languages and customs of a dozen different cultures, it’s recent history as a Hollywood hotspot has also seen a big influx of film crews, movie stars and wide-eyed tourists. It’s only natural they’ve got being nice down to an art form.

2.  New Zealand

Their antipodean cousins across the Tasman Sea might be a bit miffed about missing out, but according to the World Economic Forum, New Zealand trumps Australia when it comes to friendliness. It’s probably all that clear alpine air, fresh seafood and Middle Earth magic that does the trick.

1. Iceland

A country that only gets 3-4 hours of sunlight in winter could be forgiven for being a bit grumpy about life. But perhapsIceland’s spectacular volcanic scenery, colossal waterfalls and endless clean geothermal power have worked some magic on the smiling locals. Don’t be surprised if you’re offered free food, drinks and hiking advice from friendly Icelanders – it’s all part of the culture here.

Inspired to make your own mind up about the world’s friendliest countries? Enter Intrepid’s ‘Take a Friend or Make a Friend’ competition, and you’ll be in with a chance to win up to $20,000 worth of travel !!!

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Gift Guide

From “Bass Pro Shops”

Springfield, Missouri—It’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas and the gifts you’ll need for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list.  No matter if they’re at home on the water, in the woods or like decorating their favorite cabin get-away, a lot of great gift items are available the outdoors ‘kid’ of any age will love no matter what your budget is.

Your little rascal will love the camo styling of this hunting-inspired ATV!  The NEW Bass Pro Shops® Fisher-Price® Power Wheels® Lil Quad Camo ATV is designed just for toddlers, riding low for easy on/off with easy push-button operation for simple stop and go. The rechargeable 6V battery (included) provides the power for a safe but exciting 1 mph ride on hard surfaces or grass for ages 1–3 years 40lbs and under. Manufacturer’s one-year warranty included on this 26.25″ x 13″ x 16.5″ ATV.  Item number 38-955-204-87.  $79.99USD. Available at www.basspro.com


With the Bass Pro Shops® King of Bucks® Hunters Hollow Flannel Sheet Set luxurious softness awaits  with brushed 80/20 cotton/poly flannel. Set includes flat   sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases (twin size includes only one).  Machine wash. Imported.  Matching Bass Pro Shops® King of Bucks® Hunters Hollow Flannel Bedding Collection pieces sold separately can be found through keyword search by typing in the keywords “Hunters Hollow Collection”.  Queen Sheet Set Item number 38-955-075-57.  $59.99USD. Available at www.basspro.com

Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Signature Series Bass Caster Reels are our top-of-the-line baitcasters.  Give the gift that puts the power of carbon into the hands of your outdoor enthusiast.   Revolutionize their fishing with its tough diecast aluminum frame, side-plates and lustrous black carbon-titanium deposition finish.  This reel will still look awesome years from now. The double-anodized-aluminum spool floats on premium Japanese stainless steel ball bearings, part of a 100% double-shielded 10-bearing system that includes Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse. The hardened Duralumin drive gear is flanked by three special-purpose carbon washers to ensure perfect meshing, for totally smooth winding power with no torque, ever.  Plus, our popular Dual Braking System delivers virtually backlash-free casting. Top-drawer features include: a beefed-up, super-smooth carbon drag system; lightweight carbon-fiber Recurve handle with ribbed silicone knob; padded clutch bar; and titanium-nitride line guide.  ‘Don’t be afraid to fish these reels hard. They take the fight to the fish and come out on top every time. The retrieve and drag are the smoothest you’ll ever fish!’, said Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops® Founder and 5-Time Bass Master Classic® Qualifier.  Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® Signature Series Bass Caster Reels vary in item number.  $159.99USD.  Available atwww.basspro.com

Our NEW Natural Reflections® Moc Slippers are styled just for you, ladies, with a leather upper featuring fleece-like lining for extra warmth and comfort. Easy to slip on when you’re in a hurry, and easy to slip out of, too!  You will enjoy the soft, flexible outdoor non-skid sole. Colors vary. Imported.  $24.99USD.  Available at www.basspro.com

Give a Bass Pro Shops Gift Card or eGift Card to your favorite outdoor enthusiast. Simply provide us with the dollar amount, and we’ll custom tailor a Gift Card for you. All Gift Cards can be redeemed for online purchases, catalog orders, and purchases made at Bass Pro Shops retail stores. It’s the Perfect Gift!  Available at www.basspro.com

Not sure what to get this Christmas for that guy or gal who would rather be on the water than almost anywhere else? It’s likely they have their eye on a new and improved piece of fishing equipment. The Christmas gift ideas for fishermen listed below make it easy for you to know what they are secretly yearning for.

 

NEW Lowrance® Elite-5x HDI Fishfinder

Go all out for the angler who considers fishing a way of life. The Lowrance Elite-5x HDI Fishfinder features all the bells and whistles so anglers can count on being able to mark fish, track lure action, and get easy-to-understand, picture-like views of structure and bottom detail. Users can easily scroll back through the sonar history to review and zoom-in for a closer look with the Trackback feature. Plus, this units’ exclusive technology means a stunning view that separates and clearly exposes fish targets from surrounding structure. This gift comes with a one year warranty supported by Lowrance Advantage Service. $399.99.

Bass Pro Shops® Spinning Floor Rod Rack

Leaning rods and reels against the basement wall is no way to treat such important pieces of equipment. That’s why Santa needs to come down the chimney with the Bass Pro Shops® Spinning Floor Rod Rack. It’s constructed from solid hardwoods with an oak finish and features a durable aluminum rotating base. Rubber clips hold up to 24 rod-and-reel combos in place, keeping them organized, easy to access and looking good. $64.99.

 

 

 

 

Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Baitcast Reels

If precision placement is on your angler’s wish list, the Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Baitcast Reel is the ticket to their success. This reel weighs less than 6 ounces, but features the high-quality materials and construction needed for battling the big ones. The CarbonLite baitcaster is packed with features that allow long casts without the bird’s nest. $129.99.

Bass Pro Shops® Pro Qualifier® Reel/Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Series Rod Spinning Combos

Serious anglers know this is a match made in fishing heaven. This fishing rod and reel combo provides the light, fiercely strong Carbonlite spinning rod and one of Bass Pro Shops’ acclaimed spinning reels. The angler in your life has probably seen the Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualified Spinning Reels used in tournaments. Why? Because they’re known as one of the smoothest, most reliable reels available while the carbon fiber rod is hailed as being so light and sensitive that anglers can detect the lightest pick up. $139.98.

 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

A Bass Pro Shops gift card is the perfect gift when your angler has a very specific gear and gadget wish list. Simply provide Bass Pro Shops with the dollar amount you wish to give and select your favorite card design and Bass Pro Shops will immediately mail a card and a free Bass Pro Shops catalog. Bass Pro Shops eGift cards allow you to almost instantly send a gift to your favorite outdoor enthusiast.

XPS® Stalker™ Tackle Bag or System

Has your angler’s tackle collection exceeded their ability to tote it? Then it’s time to upgrade them tothe versatile XPS Stalker Tackle Bag. It can be worn like a backpack or carried by hand so they can easily get tackle to their favorite honey hole. The Stalker Tackle Bag’s fully padded main compartment holds eight 360 or five 370 utility boxes. Getting organized is a cinch with the Stalker Bag’s five exterior pockets for accessories and two line spooling pockets. Additional angler-friendly features include external tool storage, integrated ID holder, mesh water bottle holder and built-in rain cover. Available as bag only or as system with choice of five 360 boxes or four 370 boxes. $59.99 to $79.99.

Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 5-Piece Crankbait Kit

Here’s a stocking stuffer that is sure to be a hit as well as produce a strike! It’s the year of the crankbait, so celebrate it with this colorful assortment of lipped cranks, each made to dive to a specific depth. The Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 5-Piece Crankbait Kitincludes shallow, medium, deep, super deep, and waker models. $15.99.

Bass Pro Shops® Brawler Casting Rods

The powerful Brawler rods are built to provide backbone, action and sensitivity. Your angler will appreciate that this all-purpose fishing rod is made using the best materials available because they can expect it to provide unbelievable strength combined with just the right amount of flexibility. $19.99.

NEW Lowrance® Elite-5x HDI Fishfinder
http://www.basspro.com/Lowrance-Elite5x-HDI-Fishfinder-83/200-kHz-and-455/800-kHz/product/1306130840/

 

XPS® Stalker™ Tackle Bag or System
http://www.basspro.com/XPS-Stalker-Tackle-Bag-or-System/product/10221672/

 

Bass Pro Shops® Brawler Casting Rods
http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Brawler-Casting-Rods/product/1209070506477/

 

Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 5-Piece Crankbait Kit
http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-XPS-5Piece-Crankbait-Kit/product/10201584/

 

Bass Pro Shops® Pro Qualifier® Reel/Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Series Rod Spinning Combos
http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Pro-Qualifier-Reel/Johnny-Morris-CarbonLite-Series-Rod-Spinning-Combos/product/12060712482835/

 

Bass Pro Shops® Spinning Floor Rod Rack
http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Spinning-Floor-Rod-Rack/product/10215368/

 

Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Baitcast Reels
http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Johnny-Morris-CarbonLite-Baitcast-Reels/product/1110020501438/

 

Bass Pro Shops Gift Card
http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/GiftCardHomeView?storeId=10151&langId=-1&catalogId=10051

 

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 81 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 116 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops’ stores, many of which feature restaurants, while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), which has produced the number one selling brand of fishing boats for more than 35 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops’ resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World’s Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit www.basspro.com.  To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO.  Follow us on
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NEW!!! Cool Fishing

Skill can be acquired.

Ice Fishing

winter fishing fun
Winter fishing is fun when you know how to dress, use the right bait and are equipment to catch fish ‘in comfort’. Keep warm by wearing recently invented fabrics, like Helly Tech.

Clothing made with this fabric and its competitors, may be found on two linked sites, that will  gladly answer your questions.

POSTED ON JULY 12, 2015 IN EARTH CHANGES

Is a mini ICE AGE on the way?

Researchers warn, Earth could be headed for a ‘mini ice age’!

sun spots
Sun Spots – When there are more “sun-spots”, global warming increases. When the number of “sun-spots” diminish, the earth cools.

Sun Spots

Sun spot predictors say that within six years we will experience a ‘Maunder minimum’ (very few sun spots). As in the past this will cause a, ‘mini ice age’. This exact phenomena visited our planet between 1560 and 1850. It also happened between the years 1150 and 1460. The cold weather impacted agriculture, health, economics, social strife, emigration, art and literature. In addition, there was “Increased Glaciation” and devastating storms affected all who lived near glaciers and the sea.

In Norway, many farms located at higher latitudes were abandoned for better land in the valleys. By 1387, production and tax yields were between 12 percent and 70 percent of what they had been around 1300. In the 1460’s it was being recognized that this change was permanent. As late as the year 1665, the total Norwegian grain harvest is reported to have been only 67 – 70 percent of what it had been about the year 1300 (Lamb, 1995.)

In sixteenth century England, many marshlands were notorious for their ‘ague-stricken’ populations. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) mentioned ‘ague’ in eight of his plays. ‘Ague’ is archaic word for malaria or some other illness involving fever and shivering. Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) died of ague in September 1658, which was one of the coldest years of the “Little Ice Age”.

In past years the climate in Britain went through much colder periods than in the last century. One of these, from the mid fourteenth century to the nineteenth century is sometimes known as the “Little Ice Age”.

During this period the Thames froze over many times and the ice was thick enough and lasted long enough for festivals to be held on the river. In those days the Thames was wider and shallower than today, making it easier for ice to form.

frost fair
Frost Fair On The River Thames, London, by Thomas Wyke

Although the first recorded fair did not take place until 1608, the river froze over before and it is said that King Henry VIII travelled by sleigh on the Thames from central London to Greenwich.

According to results presented by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s, to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645. The predictive model draws on dynamo effects in two layers of the Sun, one close to the surface and one deep within its convection zone.

Predictions from their model suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent during the 2030s to conditions last seen during the ‘mini ice age’ that began in 1645, according to the results presented by Prof Valentina Zharkova at the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno, UK.

THE SOLAR CYCLE

Conventional wisdom holds that solar activity swings back and forth like a simple pendulum every ’11’ years,  however reality is more complicated. Astronomers have been counting sun-spots for centuries, and they have seen that the solar cycle, is not ‘perfectly’ regular.

At one end of the cycle, there is a quiet time with few sun-spots and flares. At the other end, a solar max brings many sunspots and frequent solar storms.

It’s an irregular rhythm that repeats ‘roughly’ every ’11’ years.

– ∞ –

Eric the Red
‘Eric The Red’ founded the Norwegian colony of “Greenland”.

When “Greenland” was green “Eric The Red” founded the Norwegian colony of “Greenland”. The year was about ‘1.000’ and beneficent global warming enhanced life on earth. Europeans lived longer, were healthier and “Greenland” was ‘green’ and hospitable to Norwegians. The effects of global warming produced plenty of grass for cattle and sheep, there were less mosquitos because swamps dried, and both the colonists and the Europeans on the continent lived healthy lives. Then, the curse of the mini ice age {‘mini ice age began in 1645 and ended in 1715} and instead of hunting whales in kayaks, unlike the native Inuits, the colonists stubbornly continued to raise cattle, goats, sheep and grow vegetables like Europeans, despite having to keep their livestock in a barns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a full 5 months out of the year and It was a constant challenge to get enough fodder for the winter. Starvation of the animals was frequent, emaciation routine. Grazing requirements to growing fodder for the winter led to over-production of pastures, erosion, and the need to go further afield to sustain the animals. Deforestation for pastures and firewood proceeded at unsustainable rates. After a couple of ‘centuries’ it led to such desperate measures as cutting precious sod for housing construction and even burning it for cooking and heating fuel.

Finally the “Greenland” colony was abandoned by all of its Norwegian colonists.

– ∞ –

Long Range Weather Forecasting

“The Old Farmers Almanac” sees a cold, snowy winter for U.S. 2015 – 2016

Old Father's Almanac
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a reference book that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics, including gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming. In addition it’s a reference book that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, cooking recipes and articles on a gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming.

Last year much of the country experienced cold and snow. Our western states suffered extremely dry conditions also. As we approach this coming winter, people across the nation are wondering – specifically what can we expect?

After one of the driest years on record, drought continues. Much of California’s annual precipitation falls during the winter, while there NO strong El Niño so far, nor is one expected this season. There is at least a 2-in-3 chance that wintertime precipitation will be the same, or slightly above average. However, complete recovery is very, very unlikely.

Odds favor a wetter-than-average winter across southern Alaska, across the southern part of the nation, and along the East Coast. In contrast, a drier-than-average season is favored in the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest.

Temperature outlook favors a ‘warmer-than-average winter’ in Alaska and also in a band extending from the West Coast through most of the mountainous West and across the US-Canadian border to New England. Colder-than-average conditions are favored in the south-central and southeastern states.

Deeja-vu:

“Farmers Almanac” maps mark parts of the country “EC” for “equal chances,” which means there is no tilt in the odds towards either above, near, or below-average temperature, or precipitation.

Events that make winter memorable, such as big snow storms depend on conditions in the atmosphere which are just ‘not’ predictable beyond a week or two. “The Farmers Almanac” also issues sub-seasonal outlooks that capture transitory phenomena. Don’t miss ‘Poutine’ festivals take place in February, throughout Canada including Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa and more.

Seasonal outlooks offer insight into potential average conditions well in advance, so you can prepare and become climate-smart.

This forecast is for the U.S. For the Canadian forecast, click here.

Following the frigid, bitterly cold, and snow-filled winter last year, many of you wonder just what this winter will bring. Could it possibly be as ‘bad’ as last year? No matter what, the ‘Canadian National Dish’ you can savor throughout Canada and in US cities near the border like Chicago is “Poutine”. A Canadian comfort food that’s really welcome when it’s cold outside.

poutine
Poutine, is a delicious Canadian dish originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds and topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce.

Classically it’s french fries, sauce and melted curds (little balls of melted cheese) and there exist many ‘non-classic’ variations that may please you. You may also enjoy visiting ‘Poutine Fest’ celebrated in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec, Cornwall Ontario, throughout Canada and also Chicago USA.

According to the 2015 edition of  “The Farmers’ Almanac”, the winter of 2015–16 will produce below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the continental divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes. The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. As the frigid air blows across the Great Lakes, snow showers and squalls will drop heavy amounts of snow.

polar vortex
A Polar Vortex will descend this winter (2015 – 2016) and bring with it record cold temperatures.

No region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures; only near the West and East Coasts will temperatures average close to normal.

Over the eastern third of the country, we are expecting an active storm track with a number of storms delivering copious amounts of snow and rain. Near-normal precipitation is expected for the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest States, and Northern Plains, while below-normal precipitation values are forecast for the Southwest States as well as the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. The Central and Southern Plains are expected to receive above-average precipitation.

We are “red flagging” the first 10 days of January and the first week of February 2016 along the Atlantic Seaboard for active wintry weather featuring bouts of heavy precipitation and strong winds. Another red flag timeframe for widespread wintry conditions is the middle part of March from the nation’s midsection to the East Coast.

Potential El Niño is an Uncertain Element.
As we were putting the finishing touches on this year’s long-range projections, the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Niño watch. An El Niño is a warming of the central Pacific once every few years, from a combination of wind and waves in the tropics. It shakes up climate around the world, changing rain and temperature patterns. An El Niño could result in more rain this winter for drought-stricken California and Southern States, and a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier. El Niños are usually strongest from December to April, but there’s no guarantee that we will see one this winter. We’ll just have to wait and see, but in the mean time, all of us at the Farmers’ Almanac suggest you stock up on firewood, sweaters, and hot cocoa. It certainly looks like another long winter of shivery and shovelry is on tap.

What’s in store for next summer’s weather?

Get 16 months of forecasts in one place. Order your 2015 Farmers’ Almanac today!

The Polar Vortex

Generally speaking, ‘Polar Vortex’ refers to the rapid circular circulation of air centered over the polar regions. And there usually is not just one, but ‘Two Vortices’; one centered over northeast Siberia and the other over Baffin Island in northern Canada. The ‘two vortex centers’ sort of rotate around each other during the winter season, but sometimes, one or both centers slide farther to the south than normal and in the process send a surge of unseasonably cold air into the United States.

This has happened many times before, of course, in winters, of the near and distant past.

What made last year different from all those other winters, is that last year the media became enamored with the term ‘Polar Vortex’ making it sound as if this was a unique phenomenon, when in reality, we’ve experienced the effects of the vortex on many other occasions in many other frigidly cold winters.

And just to jog your memory, in those years past, the media latched on to other ways to categorize those spells of extreme cold.  Remember the term “Siberian Express,” which we heard so much of during the late 1970s and ’80s?  In this case, we were told that a river of bitter cold air had set up from Siberia and extended south and east, with waves of frigidity racing across the United States – a sort of direct pipeline to the brutal cold of the tundra of Siberia.  But what set up this “configuration of cold?”

You guessed it. It was the ‘Same Polar Vortex’, which had drifted a bit off course to the south and brought polar-like conditions into our part of the world.  But the media wouldn’t discover the vortex for another 20 or 30 years.

This season we’re going to see several vortex-like impulses move across the northern tier of the United states, bringing surges of unseasonably cold weather, particularly to parts of the Northern Plains and drop  as much as 10 or 15 below zero in the predawn hours.  It wont be as frigid in places farther to the south and east, but temps will still run below seasonal normals.

But before all that happens, however, heavy snows will likely fall over Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday.  Interestingly, in the East, one last surge of unseasonably mild weather is likely to hang on,  before the bottom falls out of the thermometer later.

Here at the Farmers’ Almanac we’re calling for lots of cold and for some, lots of snow.  So hold on to your ‘Polar Vortex’, or get ready to catch the next Siberian Express . . . whatever term you prefer. But like it or not, here comes Ol’ Man Winter!

Boston Feb 2015
Boston Feb 2015

Tricks To Stay Warm & Safe, As the globe COOLS.

It’s September 2015

  • The global ice cap expanded noticeably for ‘two years’ in a row… an area twice the size of Alaska ‘was’ ‘open water’, but is NOW completely ice covered.
global cooling
Global Warming was Al Gore. Global Cooling, is now!!!

By employing a few tricks, you can stay warm and safe, despite low temperatures.

1.- Dress In Layers

  • An underlayer can can take many forms and ‘will’ help you stay warm and dry without adding a lot of bulk. Examples include stockings, leggings, undershirts and long underwear.
insulating layer
Insulating layer
  • Consider, a light rain coat over your coat or jacket.

  • Adding a light waterproof layer on top will go a long way to help you stay warm when, it’s wet outside.

a) Wear a ‘modern’ light raincoat, above your coat, to keep the coat and you dry.  Your outer layer can be extremely light, remarkably strong and travel easily in its own pocket.                                                                                   b) Layering allows you to have a single outfit for the day that will adjust easily for snowy weather outside, as well as a toasty warm office or school room.

Protect your extremities. Don’t leave your head and feet uncovered because leaving these areas uncovered can make it very tough for you to stay warm. So, when you’re outside try to keep your head, hands, and feet covered with scarves, hats, gloves, thick socks and boots. These measures may not make you look like the pinnacle of fashion, but you will be warm and healthy.

◦ It is very important to wear clothes that will keep you dry outdoors.   Lined leather gloves can help you stay warm and dry, in addition to other other items designed specifically to keep you warm and dry.

Deliberately Protect yourself from cold, wind, rain, ice and snow.  When ‘forced’ to go outside, stay as far away as you can from rain, snow, puddles, ice, and wind. When these elements of nature touch your ‘skin’ they will, makes you feel cold;  your clothing and your body can usually handle frigid air temperatures satisfactorily, for a while.  It’s best to move quickly between buildings, use a car when you can, and when you must be outside, try to walk under a shelter.

Be safe & warm, outdoors.

Electrically Heated Clothing.

Battery Heated Clothing provides hours of warmth with the latest micro heating technology and high-tech and most often, rechargeable batteries. There’s a wide range of warm clothing from heated jackets, vests, base layers, heated gloves, mittens and foot warmers that provide warmth lasting for hours.

electric vest
Policeman, wearing an electric vest
electrically heated shoe
Electrically heated shoe inserts, keep your feet warm
electrically heated inner trousers
ELECTRICALLY heated inner trousers.
heated glove liners
Heated Glove Liners

 

9V battery
One 9v battery will keeps you warm in this jacket.

 

Heated indoor outdoor slippers
Heated indoor outdoor slippers

These indoor / outdoor slippers include…

• 2 Rechargeable Lithium Battery Pack (3.7v 2000mAh)

• 1 Wireless Remote

• 1 Charger

heated gloves
Men’s battery heated gloves.

Very Important!!! Protect your hands from intense cold.   If you fish or take photographs you need full use of your fingers, no matter how cold or wet.  Here is a way to maintain full dexterity, with ease and inexpensively.

 

Fishing Without Boats

Jetty fishing
Jetty fishing

Jetty Fishing

People love their coastlines. To keep them from eroding, engineers need to erect structure to prevent erosion and provide protection from extreme weather.

Thus, man-made jetties, sea walls, sand dunes, barriers, bulkheads and breakwaters have been built beside ‘every’ major body of water. They adorn our coasts and make outstanding fishing platforms.

Jetties are magnets for ‘baitfish’ and subsequently game fish. They usually consist of large pieces of rock (granite) weighing up to 16 (US) tons each, or concrete rubble. Breakwater construction can be built parallel or perpendicular to the coast, as required.

Beachfront jetties are subject to ‘waves’ and ‘surf’. Inlet jetties inlets are protected.

Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn, sea wall.
Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn, New York, sea wall.

Jetties punctuate the end of every city block that abuts ocean, or bay here in my neighborhood, Brooklyn, NY. Believe me when I tell you most jetties hold fish that lurk there – in season.

So where are your hotspots?

Give each potential spot or jetty a 10 minute test, by casting in every direction from your perch. Then, move on, initially to another spot on the same jetty, then to the next jetty.

Depending on the size and popularity of the jetty, if I see a crowd fishing on it, I’ll move to the next ‘jetty’, but not without sneaking in a few casts parallel to the jetty from the ‘land end’. Most anglers walk right past this productive area and go directly to the end of the deep end of the ‘jetty’. On large and heavily fished jetties, I have no problem joining an angler or group of anglers… provided everyone is conscious of where and when other fishermen are casting, as there is no reason we can’t fish together. Many times, on my walk back from the ‘sea end’ of a jetty, I noticed that midway on that ‘jetty’ was vacant, which means that I with alacrity will be able to try these potentially productive spots. Absolutely no need to ‘only’ fish at the far end. Waders are not a necessary when jetty fishing – some would even call waders dangerous due to their ability to fill up with water, should you slip and fall off the ‘jetty’. Nonetheless, I wear waders when ‘jetty’ fishing in the spring and fall and for safety’s sake, I’m always sure to wear a ‘surf belt’ tightly cinched around my waist, and often I wear a rain jacket also. In the summer, a bathing suit is just fine.

Wear metal studs, because jetties washed over by surf are slippery and dangerous.
Wear metal studs, because jetties washed over by surf, are slippery and dangerous.

No matter what I’m wearing, I make sure to have some form of metal studs on my soles, for traction. Jetties are regularly washed over by surf and consequently slippery moss and slime grow on ‘jetty’ boulders. Walking on wet moss & slime is akin to walking on black ice. A word to the wise, ‘jetties’ are slippery and very dangerous. So for your sake, wear studded soles or ‘jetty’ cleats that can be strapped onto your boots.

Proximity to an inlet will affect currents around a jetty, so will spacing between jetties. Where jetties are close, the current will be slow. As a rule of thumb, jetties that produce best lie adjacent to noticeably stronger currents and are very probably located near an inlet.

Water depth around a ‘jetty’ seems to have an influence on fish catching production. Jetties surrounded by flat shallow sands are consistently less productive than other spots next to dugout deep holes on the sea floor adjacent to the ‘jetty’. These spots are preferable, but you never know… so ‘fan’ cast from each of your perches – to cover every possible spot. If ‘no go’, of course move to another spot, or try another jetty.

Try the ‘jetty’ closest to the an inlet, because the current in most cases will carry food past your jetty, that can draw ‘prizes’ close, so you can hook them.

In most cases your prey will hover in the sand very close to the boulder you’re on, so long casts and a long poles will be unnecessary. When a fish is hooked a longer rod will be cumbersome. For my jetty fishing, I use an 8’ (2.4384 meter) rod. You may also want to tote a long-handled net, a gaff, a short-handled lip gaff or a lip-gripper. These tools may help you to secure your catch and enable you to drag it over the rocks.

Most of my ‘jetty’ outfits are rigged with 30-pound-test braided line.

Building ‘Jetties’ has prevented the erosion of our coastline

while providing a good fishing platforms for all.

Keep casting,

Marvin

Galveston jetty.
Galveston jetty Pier Fishing

Pier Fishing
Its safe, friendly and colossal casts from the beach, are unnecessary. Bait fish shelter under piers, which means the ‘doormats’ you want will be there too. And… while fishing on a pier you ‘NEVER’ get seasick – and – the price is right!

Colonial Beach Municipal Pier, Virginia
Colonial Beach Municipal Pier, Virginia

Municipal Piers

Piers protrude from land and can easily be distinguished from jettiesdocks and wharfs, as each is built for a different purpose, while all may serve as a noble platform, for angling.

Fishing Piers (Pleasure Piers)

Built for the purpose of providing boat-less anglers access to fishing grounds that are otherwise inaccessible and equally as important, as a place to walk, sit, relax and, enjoy scenery and fresh air. Sort of an aquatic municipal park.

Municipal pier, Naples Florida.
Municipal pier, Naples Florida.
Avalon Pier, New Jersiy
Avalon Pier, New Jersey.
Virginia Beach Fishing-Pier
Virginia Beach Fishing-Pier

Steeplechase Pier, New York City, Coney Island, Brooklyn. First built in 1905, then destroyed by a nor’easter. Then, rebuilt, and subsequently destroyed several more times before “Hurricane Sandy” which notoriously wreaked havoc between 22October2012 and 2November2012.

1905 Steeplechase Pier
1905 Steeplechase Pier

“SANDY” 22October2012 – 2November2012.

The new “Coney Island Fishing Pier” was re-constructed along with much of the boardwalk including the restaurant below.

Snack On The BoardwalkSnack on the new boardwalk.

Coney Island Fishing Pier, sand beach. board walk, parachute ride Coney Island Pier, Beach, Boardwalk & Parachute Ride.

baby sharkThis 2.5 foot shark was caught on 23July2015, while bathers swam nearby.

Pier, left & beach. Beach viewed from the pier.

Spoke of the pierSpoke of the pier.

2 tier part of pierAn upper tier of the Coney Island Pier.

2 'Cutting Boards' attached to the rails.
2 ‘Cutting Boards’ attached to the rails.                                                                                                          

Crabs on PierUsing traps, many crabs are caught off this pier.

A woman tosses a trap into the Atlantic.Woman tosses a crab trap into the Atlantic Ocean from the pier.

Parachute ride viewed from the Coney Island Fishing Pier.
The Parachute Ride, was a featured part of the ‘1939 exposition’. Then it was moved to Coney Island’s where it remains a major, major attraction!
Freighter & One Branch Of The Pier
Freighter seen (left) from one branch of the Coney Island Pier.
Photo Shoot on Coney Island Beach
Photo Shoot on the Coney Island Beach next to the pier.

Beach from Coney Island PierBeach from Coney Island Pier.

N train to Coney Island‘N’ Train to Coney Island. 

Subway To Coney IslandSubway To Coney Island  

One Block From Nathans at the Boardwalk
One Block From Nathans at the Boardwalk    

Sun On BoardwalkSunset On The Boardwalk

Nathans
Nathans Famous                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

2015 Nathan’s, Hot Dog Eating Contest (see video below).     Matt Stonie Upsets Joey Chestnut!

American Veterans Memorial Pier, but to most of us Brooklynites, it will always be the 69th Street Pier. Before 1964 the pier housed up to four ferries, till it was replaced by the “Verrazano Narrows Bridge”, which links Brooklyn to Staten Island. The Verrazano surpasses San Francisco’s “Golden Gate Bridge” as the world’s largest suspension bridge, with a 4,260-foot-center span between two 693-foot towers. The bridge is so large that its design called for the towers to be angled slightly away from each other to compensate for the curvature of the Earth.

The Verrazano Bridge remains the longest suspension bridge in the United States, though seven bridges worldwide have surpassed it since 1981. It is perhaps most famous as the starting point of the New York City Marathon.

Bicycle Fisherman. See the "Verizano Narrows Bridge" by looking north from the 69th Street Pier.
Bicycle Fisherman. To see the “Verrazano Narrows Bridge” bridge, simply look north from the “69th Street Pier”.

 

69th St. Pier Sunday 26July2015
69th St. Pier Sunday 26July2015
friends looking south from the "69th Street Fishing Pier:.
Friends standing on north side of the “69th Street Fishing Pier”.
"Statue Of Liberty" seen from the end of the pier.
“Statue Of Liberty” may be seen from the end of the 69th Street pier.
American Princess as seen from the American Veterans Memorial Pier
American Princess, as seen from “American Veterans Memorial Pier”
New World Trade Center, as seen from the 69th Street Fishing Pier.
New World Trade Center, as seen from the 69th Street Fishing Pier, Brooklyn. 
Looking north, The New "World Trade Center".
Looking north, The New “World Trade Center”.
Police Patrole Boat Passes
Police Patrol Boat Passes.

Fishing & strolling.

Docks

Fishing, while seated and standing on a small dock.
Fishing, while seated and standing on a small dock.

Docks are designed to accommodate boats.

Wharfs

Structures built on the shore, or sticking out from the shore into a harbor, or other watery body, to which vessels may be moored to load or unload cargo – or to lie at rest.

Structures built on the shore, or sticking out from the shore into a harbor, or other watery body, to which vessels may be moored to load or unload cargo – or to lie at rest.

Equipment

Most pier fishing requires only a basic rod, reel and simple tackle. Medium action spinning, or bait-casting outfits work well in most situations. Other pier fishing equipment may includes one or more coolers, a tackle box(s), rags, bucket(s), cutting board, knife, pliers, and tape measure. To transport all this ‘stuff’, a fishing cart is a good idea, or for a fraction of the cost, try a shopping cart.

Fishing Carts on a pier.
Fishing-Carts on a pier.