Thursday, April 13, 2017

March 2017 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the March was 76.9 degrees. (Mar 24th) while the low was 12.5 (4th.) Eighteen days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while 8 days never got above the freezing point. In February, by contrast, we only had 4 days that never got above 32.  The average temperature was 36.2 degrees, which was three tenths of a degree below February.

There were 10 days of rain recorded by the weather station. The monthly total was 3.48 inches. Seven days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 30th had the most rainfall with 1.29 inches.

Average windspeed was 4.3 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 41 mph, on the 8th, which was the day that saw numerous power outages around the state. It also knocked over a few trees at the golf courses as well as dislodging the power lines behind the Leslie Clubhouse, resulting in the power pole catching on fire!

Monday, March 6, 2017

February 2017 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the February was 67.9 degrees! (Feb 18th) while the low was 4.3 (3rd.) Eighteen days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while only 4 days never got above the freezing point. There were seven straight days above 55 degrees between the 18th and 24th. The average temperature was 36.5 degrees.

There were 6 days of rain recorded by the weather station, although at least some of that was snow melting and falling through the rain collector. The monthly total was 2.71 inches. Five days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 28th had the most rainfall with 1.09 inches.

Average windspeed was 3.7 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 31 mph, on the 12th. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

January 2017 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the first month of the year was 58.5 degrees (Jan 21st) while the low was 1.3 (6th.) Twenty days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while 9 days never got above the freezing point. The average temperature was 30.9 degrees.

There were 11 days of rain recorded by the weather station, although at least some of that was snow melting and falling through the rain collector. The monthly total was 2.15 inches. Five days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 10th had the most rainfall with 0.54 inches.

Average windspeed was 3.1 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 36 mph, on the 10th. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Parks Advisory Commission

Every year, golf course staff make a presentation to the Parks Advisory Commission (PAC) explaining what the courses do and how we are doing it. This year, the Director of Golf, Doug Kelly, put together a video presentation. Here it is.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2016 Weather Summary

The highest temperature recorded at Leslie Park Golf Course during 2016 was 93.0 degrees on July 23rd. The lowest temperature was just - 4.2 degrees on February 28th. This is nearly 15 degrees warmer than the lowest temperature of 2015.  There were 10 days where the high temperature reached 90 degrees. 2015 had just one day above 90. 2016 had 38 days where the high temperature did not get above freezing. For comparison, there were 67 days in 2014 and 50 days in 2015 that did not reach freezing. The low temperature reached below 32 degrees on 116 days. Two days had low temperatures below zero. Last year saw 16 days below zero while 2014 had 20 days with negative temperatures.

For the year, the golf course received 29.47 inches of rain. The most rain in a single day was 1.93 inches on August 16. August edged out July by just one hundredth of an inch of rain for the monthly record (4.07 vs 4.06 inches.) There were 108 days with at least a trace of rain, while three days had over an inch in a 24 hour period.

The average wind speed for the year was 2.7 mph. The highest sustained wind speed was 39.0 mph on February 20th.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

December 2016 Monthly Weather Summary

The high temperature for the month of December was 54.8 degrees (Dec 26th) while the low was -1.8 (19th.) Twenty-five days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while 12 days never got above the freezing point.

There were 7 days of rain recorded by the weather station, although at least some of that was snow melting and falling through the rain collector. The monthly total was 0.76 inches. Three days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 26th had the most rainfall with 0.25 inches.



Average windspeed was 3.8 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 31 mph, on the 26th. Apparently, the day after Christmas was windy, rainy and warm.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Turtle Basking Structures

As part of the Traver Creek Restoration Project through the City of Ann Arbor owned Leslie Park Golf Course in 2013, a permit was submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ.) To satisfy the MDEQ permit of the project, turtles were relocated to avoid  the construction. You can read more about the turtle project HERE and HERE

After the project was complete, turtle habitat was supposed to be improved. One way to do that is to install basking structures. This is a place where the turtle can lay in the sun to warm up, while also having the ability to drop quickly back into the water to escape a predator. If you ever go canoeing along the Huron River, you will see lots of turtles on fallen trees along the river banks. We are trying to replicate this type of basking area in the ponds on #8, #12 and #17.

The first step was to find some suitable branches. An opportunity came in the form of some tree trimming we were planning on doing along #11 tee. In order to frame the shot from the Championship tees, we needed to trim back some Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) trees. These trees are non-native and are considered a semi-invasive species.

Once we had the correct size branches, Natural Area Preservation staff started to install the structures.

Positioning the branch in the pond.


Installing lag bolts to hold the anchors.


The "Duckbill" anchor is driven into the ground.


When the drive rod is pulled out, the anchor rotates to lock into the surrounding earth.



Waders were a necessity to place the structure properly on this cold December day.


You can see one of the structures in the pond on #8.


Another basking site near Traver Road on #12.