Oct 15, 2016

Rising Water Tables After Wet Summer and Autumn

According to a report released by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), La Nina conditions are confirmed to have developed following the strong El Nino of last winter. That means the northern tier of the US will continue to experience cool and wet conditions that may last through this coming winter. The winter of 2015-2016 featured one of the strongest El Nino events on record: much warmer than average sea surface temperatures occurred across the Pacific Ocean. Following that, very wet weather condtions prevailed across our region this summer resulting in rising water tables across Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Not only did these very wet conditions result in high levels of leaf and needle anthracnose issues on plants and trees but the very wet summer caused logging and forest treatment issues across the area--even on some sandy locations. Foresters and project managers as well as loggers and timber buyers reported having to re-design some established timber sale boundaries and harvest equipment access locations. Additionally, stream and wetland crossing adjustments to previously-established woodland projects had to be made in many instances due to the saturated soil conditions of some locales.