How are Climate and Vegetation Related?

Climate and vegetation work in harmony. They each depend on and affect the other greatly. Plants absorb energy and release water vapor – both of these processes affect weather patterns. Through transpiration, plants play a part in controlling humidity and temperature of the area around them.

Climate also affects vegetation. In areas with consistently warm temperatures and high rainfall, forests are abundant. In areas with low amounts of rainfall, there are fewer trees, and prairies or grasslands are more common.

In areas with large amounts of agriculture or development, climates and weather patterns may be affected by changes to the natural environment. When vegetation is removed from an area, humidity decreases and rainfall may diminish.

As you can see, climate and vegetation are closely intertwined, so we encourage you to take a look around when you visit a new place with a very different climate, and check out the unique plants of that area!

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/

Long Live Wisconsin Supper Clubs!

A solid pillar of Wisconsin life – the supper club scene is a tradition with unique history and continued presence!

After kayaking during the day, enjoy pictures of your adventure at a Supper Club and share them with friends throughout the evening for a great way to close out the night!

What exactly is a “Supper Club”?

Well, this can be difficult to explain and more fun to experience, but we will try our best here. In short its usually a family-owned/operated restaurant with a ‘come one, come all’ air. Usually only open for supper [although some have evolved to include lunch], they serve up quality food, priced not to break the bank, and crafted to be enjoyed in a homey decorated atmosphere [look for deer mount or packer memorabilia on the walls].

How did this all get started?

The first supper club was established by Wisconsinite native Lawrence Frank when he moved to Beverly Hills, California. Popularity grew during the 1930s-40s as supper clubs became ‘destinations’ for patrons to spend entire evenings relaxing in the casual atmosphere enjoying cocktails, dinner and entertainment. Today most have evolved to be restaurants instead of the all-night entertainment destinations of old.

To see a list of Supper Clubs throughout Wisconsin and plan your next family evening check out this link below!

https://wisconsinsupperclubs.net/club-list/

If you are interested in learning more we recommending the fun documentary ‘Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club”!

Check out the Trailer for a flavor below!

What is the Difference Between Fahrenheit vs Celsius?

The formula to convert fahrenheit to celsius or vice versa is: T(°C) = (T(°F) – 32) / 1.8. Example: °C=(72°F – 32)/1.8. Answer 22.22°C

Let’s take a moment to look at the history of these temperature measurement tools.

The fahrenheit scale was first created in 1724 by Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. He used 0 to mark a “stable temperature” of a mixture of water, ice, and ammonium chloride, and 96 to mark the healthy body temperature of an individual. Later in the 18th century this scale was fine tuned to find the exact freezing (32) and boiling (212) points of water.

The original celsius scale was created in 1744 by Anders Celsius. When he first created it, 0 was considered the boiling point of water and 100 was the freezing point. This was reversed a couple of years later by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus.

Both scales have pros and cons. The fahrenheit scale is used in the United States, and provides more precise measurements, but most of the world uses the celsius scale, which works well due to its simple freezing and boiling points (0 and 100, respectively) and convenience of use in the scientific and mathematic communities when working with other units, such as liters and meters.

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/

5 Kayaking Safety Tips

As kayaking season starts to warm up we would like to highlight general safety points!

Check Your Gear!

It has probably been a while since you have checked your gear. We recommend doing a more thorough look at your water gear before heading out for the first time this season!

Understand Current Conditions!

Be mindful of water levels and flow. In Spring the rain and snow melt increase water levels and flow rates across Wisconsin which impacts lake and river conditions. The Fox River tends to flood, and so, flow faster around this time of year, and certain sections are a bit more swift. We recommend scoping out the area you will be paddling a day or two before your trip just so you are aware of any hazards.

Sunscreen, Shades, and more!

Time to stock up on sunscreen! Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean you can’t get burned, and although some sun exposure is healthy, it’s a good idea to cover up while spending a long time on the water. Shades, sunscreen, buff, ect.

Stay Cool by being Smart!

ALWAYS wear your Personal Floatation Device! Even if you are familiar with the routes you are paddling, conditions can change, or you can get thrown off guard. Your PFD or life vest will not only give you peace of mind, but it may save you too!

Share your Plans!

Before you head out, share your plans with a friend. It’s always safe practice to let someone who isn’t joining you know where you will be and when you will be returning just in case anything happens!

Be Smart, Be Safe, and Have Fun! Look Out for each other while Adventuring!

How are Wind Levels Measured?


Wind, depending on strength and direction can lead to good times or rough times. Being able to assess and communicate this is important and the Beaufort Wind Force Scale can help out with that.

The Beaufort Wind Force Scale was created in 1805 by Sir Francis Beaufort. An Irish-born Royal Navy Officer, he developed this empirical [observed] wind speed model so everyone could understand and communicate on the same page about wind on land and sea.

Although today there are tools more accurate than this scale [See-anemometers], the Beaufort Wind Force Scale is the best way to take an analysis of water behavior quickly with simply your eyes!

The scale is set from Level 0, which is glassy calm waters to Level 12 which is hurricane force winds!

To check out the local forecast and plan your next adventure, go to our Weather Page here – https://foxriverkayakingcompany.com/weather/

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