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February 9, 2011 - Bill Speer
While I am not one to generally make wagers, I believe there is a good chance Northeast Michigan might experience a warming trend this weekend.
I base this prognostication not on a groundhog's shadow nor twitch in my knee, but rather the fact that state legislators from the region are hitting the snowmobile trails of Northern Michigan this weekend.
When former state Sens. Jason Allen and Tony Stamas began this winter tourism tradition years ago it was a wonderful idea, but most years resulted in the "kiss of death" for the snowmobile season for weeks after. Guaranteed that once the calendar was reserved for the trip, a warming spell would hit the region and either force the cancellation of the trip, or at least delay it.
If it wasn't such a vital aspect of the region's economy, it might have been funny that the two had such power over the weather.
This week Tony's brother Jim of Midland carries on the winter tradition. He will be joined by several other lawmakers, including Peter Pettalia of Presque Isle. While lawmakers will be on northern Michigan snowmobile trails, the closest they will come to our area on the three-day journey will be Cheboygan.
And, in case you were wondering, this weekend's weather forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 29 and 35 degrees.
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