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Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Nothing has a greater impact on new tree survival than adequate watering. In the past two years the City of Grand Rapids has planted over 1,600 trees which are in need of watering this summer. The City is working hard to keep up with its current watering practices and will continue to make improvements, but as the temperature continues to rise so does the need for more watering to help keep these trees healthy.

Spring and Robins

Spring and Robins

Is spring really on the way to Michigan?

Today David Pomper came into work reporting a Robin singing away in the shrubs just outside the front doors here at WZZM13.

Shortly after that Lucas Meschke arrived at work, so I asked him to go out and take a picture of the bird but the Robin just would not co-operate, instead, turning its’ back to Lucas. He got a shot but not as good as the picture I found to paste to this article.

This Robin gives us hope that spring cannot be far away.

Runner & Joggers: Take care, it's dark out there

Runner & Joggers: Take care, it's dark out there

In spite of the cold weather here in Grand Rapids, the joggers and runners are out there at different times of the morning, daytime  and evening, getting in their time for exercise.

When driving to work early this morning, I was almost on top of a man who was walking on the street. This man was completely dressed in dark clothing with no sign of any reflective tape or anything else that would have told me sooner that he was there.

It always amazes me that people often do not stop to think how they appear to people driving a vehicle. Before you go out on your next walk, turn out the lights and look into a mirror to check yourself out. What a nightmare it would be to hit someone out there on the street only because I could not see them.

The Hills are Alive

The Hills are Alive

The hills are alive once more with the sound of kids and parents alike out and sliding on the hills at Union High School on Grand Rapids Northwest side. There is lots of squealing, shouting and laughs as they all take turns sliding down the hills and then trudging back up for another spin.

What an awesome way for families to spend time together while getting fresh air and lots of exercise. And, it’s all free.

The Westside of Grand Rapids is very fortunate to have two great sliding areas with Union and also Richmond Park. Take time to check them out!

Wooly Moth Forcaster?

Wooly Moth Forcaster?

I had a call at work this week from an elderly gentleman who said he had some advice for the weather department.

He said our weather department should not rely so much on modern technology but should look to the “Wooly Moth” for weather predictions.

He claims that according to the wooly moth’s coat, we will not have any snow for the first two months of winter. Winter officially begins on December 22nd this year, so it will be interesting to watch and see how close he is with his prediction.