The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 10, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points column: Keeping watch on weather

"Onion skins very thin, mild winter coming in."

At times it seems as if weather watching is the main past-time for sportsmen. Each of us has memorized some "ditty" or rhyme to use in predicting the weather. My favorite is "red sky at night sailors delight -- red sky in the morning sailors take warning."

A hunting partner of mine predicted that we would have a mild winter this year because the deer that he shot this fall had very little fat. If you think that you would like to develop the hobby of weather watching, here are hints to help get you started: The Weather Channel gives an up-to-the-minute forecast six times an hour with real-time weather maps. If you don't want to wait to see the local weather map on the Weather Channel, you may log onto: This site offers a gold mine for the weather enthusiast.

Up-to-the-minute satellite images are available on demand, as well as the current temperature, including the heat index/wind chill and even a pollen count for the day. I like to go outside and check my own gauges to see if the website is broadcasting the correct information. Becoming an amateur weather photographer is another way to develop your weather hobby. You can upload your weather pictures from your digital camera right onto The Daily Item's website. You can display your fabulous pictures of lightning, approaching storms, snow and the effects of wind as though they were your personal badges of courage. By expanding and developing your weather watching hobby you will experience great entertainment that will get you out of doors while building a better understanding of our natural world.

Time to get ready to fish: The R.B. Winter Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet next Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Towne Tavern Shanty in Lewisburg. Jonathan Niles will discuss stream assessments on Buffalo Creek, Middle Creek, Penns Creek and the White Deer Creek as well as others in Lycoming and Sullivan counties. A meal will be served at 6 p.m. with the meeting following at 7. The fly-tying class sponsored by the chapter kicks off on Monday night, Jan. 14, with a presentation about aquatic invertebrates. Everyone will get right into fly-tying by learning about tools and thread tension while whipping up a "Walt's Worm" fly.

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