Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Jan. 7, 2014: Baby it's cold outside. Tell us something we don't know. Well, did you know that the word “facetiously” contains all 5 vowels and “y” in alphabetical order? For a high we barely reache…

Jan. 7, 2014: Baby it's cold outside. Tell us something we don't know. Well, did you know that the word “facetiously” contains all 5 vowels and “y” in alphabetical order?

For a high we barely reached not-so-sweet 16. What's that mean to global warming? Read the first section below this intro area.

THAW TO FOLLOW: There's not much that hasn't been publicized about the cold so maybe it's time to ponder the thaw. Yep, this fast freeze of the bay, lakes and some creeks will do a fairly marked turnaround by late week. The meltdown will be so marked that after Friday even night temps might not go much below freezing for a week to 10 day, while day temps could tempt 60.

So, what's in a sudden thaw?  Try catastrophe. Kids are already into and onto now-frozen lakes and bay edges. They are therefore the first to ferret out the weak spots in departing ice.

I badly want to be proven wrong but we will likely be reading of NJ ice tragedies in the near future. I hope that's an ominous enough prediction for all y'all to not only warn your kids (grandkids, etc.) but also lambast any kids you see toying with bay or lake ice covers.  


A buggy note -- not that many folks are driving the LBI beaches: There are some very badly eroded street ends from Brant Beach southward. Not all streets are problematic, mind you, but the ones that are ruint could then ruin a day -- and a vehicle. Reminder: You technically need 2014 buggy permits. 


I know nothing of Collins Cove ice fishing. I simply don't want the responsibility of encouraging anyone to head out there.  What you see is what you get, meaning you make your ice fishing decision by what's happening atop the ice. Even when folks are out there fishing, it's still 100 percent your call -- and risk. Personally, I never like quick freezes. They tend to be uneven, especially in those tidal waters of the Mullica. By the same token, let me know if you have an update on the cove.  

Old shot. Not recent:


Our frigid coldness is apparently a sure sign of, uh, global warming. Makes sense if you don't think about it. In fact, for some, it even makes sense when you do think about it.

Read the report below. I'll let you ponder whether or not this is science -- or an ice-cold end-around by those making billions of dollars by marketing global warming. To me, it's fascinating if true and fascinating anyway.

...not only does the cold spell not disprove climate change, it may well be that global warming could be making the occasional bout of extreme cold weather in the U.S. even more likely. Right now much of the U.S. is in the grip of a polar vortex, which is pretty much what it sounds like: a whirlwind of extremely cold, extremely dense air that forms near the poles. Usually the fast winds in the vortex—which can top 100 mph (161 k/h)—keep that cold air locked up in the Arctic. But when the winds weaken, the vortex can begin to wobble like a drunk on his fourth martini, and the Arctic air can escape and spill southward, bringing Arctic weather with it. In this case, nearly the entire polar vortex has tumbled southward, leading to record-breaking cold, as you can see in this weatherbell.com graphic:

Graphic showing a simulation of the polar vortex over the Great Lakes on Monday night (weatherbell.com]

Read more: Polar Vortex: Climate Change Could Be the Cause of Record Cold Weat... http://science.time.com/2014/01/06/climate-change-driving-cold-weat...




Northern Cardinal by Lucy, Shutterstock

(Washington, D.C., January 7, 2013) American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of the nation’s leading bird conservation groups, is reminding people that we’re not the only ones suffering in the cold gripping much of the nation. This weather can be deadly to birds, some of which are being driven farther south than normal in search of open water and sources of food.


“Birds can survive the kind of severe weather we are seeing, but only if they get needed food and water,” said Dr. Daniel Lebbin, a conservation biologist at ABC. “Their ability to stay warm in frigid temperatures requires them to eat sufficient food.” Putting out extra food on bird feeders and on the ground, including suet and fruit for birds that don’t normally eat seeds, can make the difference between life and death for some birds.


Lebbin said that an ice-free water supply is also critical and often attracts birds that don’t visit feeders. “Water is just as important as food, if not more so. By providing warm water frequently, or installing a bird-bath heater, people can help the birds out substantially during severe weather events,” he noted.


Weather events such as what is being experienced now are not unusual, Lebbin added, and are not expected to significantly affect wild bird populations. However, he added that taking steps to mitigate the expected mortality on birds is something his organization is routinely asked about when the weather breaks bad.


“People care about birds and other wildlife in this country. We get calls all the time from people wanting to know what they can do to protect our wildlife. Right now, there is a greater sense of urgency,” he said.


Waterfowl are affected greatly when the water bodies they depend on freeze over. In response, birds such as ducks, geese, swans, and mergansers normally escape such danger by traveling further south to find ice-free water. Ground-feeding birds such as cardinals and sparrows are also affected when snow covers the ground and stays in place, reducing available food resources. Prairie-chickens, on the other hand, will dive into deep snow where they can keep much warmer unexposed to colder surface temperatures and wind chill. Kinglets will huddle together at night to keep warm. These tiny birds are able to more efficiently conserve heat by crowding together.


“The impacts of the intense cold are complex, but there is no question that there will be mortality for birds and other wildlife. It is a part of nature. How much mortality will be a function of the intensity of the freeze, how long it lasts, and the birds’ condition. Providing food and water might help some birds better survive the storm,” he said.


“Homeowners can also plant native trees and shrubs in their gardens that will provide food and shelter to wild birds year-round. Plants that bear fruit or provide seeds in the winter are an especially helpful resource to birds,” added Lebbin.


American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC acts by safeguarding the rarest species, conserving and restoring habitats, and reducing threats, while building capacity in the bird conservation movement.


Boy does this photo from Cabosurfcaster make me wanna visit the tropics: 


And where I don't wanna be ... via http://www.surfline.com/home/index.cfm .


AJ Rotondella

At last! A respectable haywire twist!
At last! A respectable haywire twist!

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Comment by Dave Nederostek on January 8, 2014 at 8:46pm


There is more to surfing than Teahupoo. I see where New Jersey made epic news during the end of December. And you didn't film it for us ? 

You want waves, look at the Sennan Cove, Corwall, England pics. 


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