WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL & MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
AM EST TUE JAN 6 2004
PREDOMINANT DAYTIME WEATHER 6AM-6PM
TEMPERATURES...EARLY MORNING LOW/DAYTIME HIGH
OF PRECIPITATION 6AM-6PM
INDICATES TEMPERATURES BELOW ZERO
INDICATES MISSING DATA
FCST FCST FCST
FCST FCST FCST
WED THU FRI
SAT SUN MON
JAN 07 JAN 08 JAN 09
JAN 10 JAN 11 JAN 12
PTCLDY SUNNY SUNNY
SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY
65/74 59/74 61/76
57/73 57/75 57/75
POP 10 POP 0 POP 20
POP 0 POP 0 POP 0
FLURRY VRYCOLD VRYCOLD
MOCLDY MOCLDY VRYCOLD
-8/18 -2/15 1/16
7/24 7/23 -1/12
seems that we could be stuck in less hospitable locations, not that we didn’t
thoroughly enjoy living up north for a while! How
can you not enjoy this while knowing there is 4” of snow falling on our
holiday boat parades are over, and we enjoyed half dozen
tours around different SunCoast communities entertaining thousands of
spectators while viewing hundreds of decorated
boats and homes along the shore. We received fabulous prizes (mostly in the form of
restaurant gift certificates) and cash prizes! We had guest passengers on most nights, and a
good time was had by all.
We enjoyed an opportunity to
housesit for the Sweeney’s over Thanksgiving, and we prepared quite a feast! We have enjoyed a full social life
in the last month, with all the parade parties, and saying goodbye to our
friend Jim Mundy, who is on his way to Belize. We
said hello to Gene Lucky,
who had left us for three weeks to volunteer on the S/V Bounty during its voyage from
Baltimore to St. Pete (upon which I
received the full 25˘ tour). And Karin’s son Adam visited for the holidays
to beat the Wisconsin winter for 10 days.
cousin Tom Polzin was in the area visiting
his friend Bernice, who is working on getting him to move here permanently.
[I think sending him home to sub-zero weather was a stroke of genius!]
Currently, Mark Genisee is visiting on sort of a working vacation, something he
plans to do every winter from now on! I am eagerly awaiting the sale of a home
in Shorewood, WI so Sandy Baim can come on a
voyage with me, and although Jim Kasdorf
missed his annual late fall visit, I am sure cabin fever will force him south
before winter is through.
Let see. . .
other exciting news is I found a talented bike mechanic in a local shop who
made up a “recipe” for a super-strong rear wheel for
my Moulton. I have had three wheels there over the last few years, and have
applied sufficient stress and miles to destroy each one. The new one is for
sure rock-solid, and has 600 flawless miles on it. Tony, the mechanic, also
happens to be a former cycle racer, and in our routine “spoke head”
conversation we discovered that we participated in the same races in 1991 &
1992 in Wisconsin! The further one travels, the smaller the world seems . . .
and most importantly, my daughter has still NOT given birth to my grandson!
Although no one is more uncomfortably anxious than she, I can hardly stand it!
Joshua James Civitate is gonna be one big kiddo if he stays in there any
longer! After the big event, I will be at the
top of the world, and I am sure Jessy will
find needed peace . . .
month’s science facts come from the unique mangrove plants:
are 80 species of plants considered to be mangrove plants around the world, and
many more plants that are known to occur in the mangrove areas. Mangrove
plants, as such, are those plants which have adapted to life in the Intertidal
Zones; those areas where land and see meet, between the reaches of high and low
mangrove plants are distinctive not only of their location, but in the way they
have adapted to living where they do. The roots of many mangrove species are an
adaptation to the poor soils often found in intertidal zones. The most common
root adaptation of the mangroves are the aerial roots, often in the form of peg
like structures, or pneumataphores which stick
out of the substrate around the mangrove trees. Another type of aerial root is
the stilt roots that support the trees in the constantly shifting substrate.
These two types of root adaptations also help the mangrove trees trap detritus,
flotsam and jetsam which in turn make the mangrove soils so fertile, second
only to the tropical rain forests. In doing this, the mangrove plants group
together and eventually establish dry land and form a vital fringe or barrier
along coastal shores and riverbanks to stop erosion.
reproductive adaptations of many mangrove trees are also quite interesting. One
such adaptation is vivipary, which is the ability of the mangrove seeds to
germinate and begin growing their own roots while still on the parent tree,
essentially, bearing live young. This allows many mangrove trees to establish
themselves very quickly before being swept away by tides and currents.
adaptation of the mangrove plants is their ability to tolerate the high levels
of salinity found in tidal seawater. Some of these adaptations used by mangrove
plants are excluding the salt from the root systems, exuding the salt from leaf
and bark, or concentrating the salt in old leaves that die and fall off the
plant. The morning dew sometimes washes salt
from healthy leaves. As a consequence of the different salt tolerance of
the different species, most species exhibiting one or another adaptation can
usually be found growing together in very distinct zones.
I find most completely interesting is that there are hundreds of islands in the
Florida Keys and the Caribbean consisting of entirely mangrove forests. Many,
many of these islands exist on sandbars that actually have no land above sea
level. The dense coverage precludes any encroachment by man, and preserves a
pristine and undisturbed ecosystem for hundreds of species of flora, sealife
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