Monday, March 16, 2015

Huron Hills is open for play

The front seven holes at Huron Hills is open for play.

Unfortunately, it might be a while before the rest are open. I took these pictures this morning. Until this snow melts and the ground thaws out, I cannot allow play on these holes.

#12 green at Huron Hills (#15 is in the foreground.)

#13 green at Huron

#9 green at Leslie Park.

#11 green at Leslie.








Thursday, March 5, 2015

February 2015 Weather Summary

February was cold. The lowest temperature recorded at Leslie Park was -20.0 degrees, which happened on the 20th.. Eleven days had low temperatures below zero and all 28 days had lows below freezing. Only four days had high temperature that went above 32 degrees. The highest temperature was 43.8 degrees (Feb 8.) The average was 14.2 degrees. Last year was cold as well. Looking at February 2014, there were four days were the low was below zero and the average temperature was 19.2. However, this January was much warmer than 2014. January last year had 13 days below zero compared to just 4 days this year. When you look at the first two months of the respective years, the number of extremely cold days is very close. The 2015 cold snap has come about four weeks later than it did in 2014.

There was no rain during the month. The weather station did record 0.12 inches of melted snow. Most of that (0.10 inch) came on the 7th.

The highest wind speed recorded was 30 mph, which happened on the 14th. The average windspeed was 3.6 mph.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015 Weather Summary

The highest temperature for the month of January was 41.9 degrees. This happened on the 17th. The lowest temperature for the month was the morning of the 14th, where we saw a chilly -3.7 degrees.  The average temp was 22.1. There were 30 days where the low temperature was below the freezing point of 32 degrees. The 18th was the only day that never fell below the freezing point. Twenty days had high temperatures below 32, while 4 days had lows below zero.

January also saw 0.74 inches of rain fall. This does not include snow because the weather station we have does not record snowfall. The most daily rainfall fell on the 3rd (0.44 inches.)  That was the only day were we saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain. while seven days had at least a trace of rain. Most of those were snow melting in the rain collector.

The highest sustained windspeed was 26.0 mph (Jan 30th.) The average windspeed for the month was 3.5 mph.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Curling for Ice Research

Last Friday, there was a fund raiser for research on ice damage on turf. The event was put on through the Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association at the Detroit Curling Club. While we at Huron Hills and Leslie Park escaped massive turf injury, many golf courses in south east Michigan lost grass due to being under ice for up to 10 weeks last year. The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF) and Michigan State University have made it a priority to stop further issues like this in the future.

One of the ways the MTF has done this is by purchasing a Low Temperature Chamber for winterkill research. The money raised by this event will go toward more equipment and other supplies for Dr. Frank to use for this effort. (I paid for the event using my own money, no city funds were used, FWIW.)

The 32 MiGCSA members pose for a group photo.


Receiving instruction from DCC members.


Learning the finer points of sweeping the stones.

It was a lot to take in. It is not as easy as it looks.

My first try in "the hack."

The man on the right is Dr. Frank. Greg Pattinson (Superintendent at Indianwood) and I scored 7 points here against Dr. Frank and his team. There are only 8 possible points in an end, btw.






Monday, January 5, 2015

2014 Yearly Weather Summary

The highest temperature recorded at Leslie Park Golf Course during 2014 was 92.2 degrees on Serptember 5th. The lowest temperature was just - 12.6 degrees on January 6th. There was just one day where the high temperature was above 90 degrees. On the other hand, on 67 days, the high temperature did not get above freezing. The low temperature reached below 32 degrees on 126 days for the year, or nearly 35% of the time. Twenty days had low temperatures below zero. The previous four years combined had just nine days with negative temperatures.

For the year, the golf course received 33.37 inches of rain. The most rain in a single day was 2.28 inches on June 18th. June was also the month with the most rain at 5.33 inches. There were 109 days with at least a trace of rain, while six days had over an inch in a 24 hour period.

The average wind speed for the year was 2.6 mph. The highest sustained wind speed was 44.0 mph on July 1st.

Friday, January 2, 2015

December 2014 Weather Summary

The highest temperature for the month of December was 53.2 degrees. This happened on the 14th. The lowest temperature for the month was the morning of the 31st, where we saw a chilly 14.1 degrees.  The average temp was 33.6. There were 21 days where the low temperature was below the freezing point of 32 degrees. Five days had high temperatures below 32.

December also saw 1.78 inches of rain fall. This brings the yearly total to 33.37  inches. The most daily rainfall fell on the 24th (0.95 inches.)  Four days had more than a tenth of an inch, while eight days had at least a trace of rain.


The highest sustained windspeed was 25.0 mph (Dec 3.) The average windspeed for the month was 3.2 mph.

Monday, December 1, 2014

November 2014 Weather Summary

The highest temperature for the month of November was 61.3 degrees. This happened on the 11th. The lowest temperature for the month was the morning of the 21st, where we saw a chilly 6.9 degrees.  The average temp was 35.8. There were 19 days where the low temperature was below the freezing point of 32 degrees. Six days had high temperatures below 32.

November also saw 1.80 inches of rain fall. The yearly total is now 31.59 inches. The most daily rainfall fell on the 23rd (0.84 inches.)  Three days had more than a tenth of an inch, while 7 days had at least a trace of rain.



The highest sustained windspeed was 37.0 mph (Nov 24.) The average windspeed for the month was 3.9 mph.