Sure it’s been a long winter, but we were surprised when all that lake ice recently got political here in Wisconsin.
In January, State representative Mark Pocan told the legislature that, “Ice fishermen are already noticing fewer days they can be out on our ice covered lakes.” Perhaps because the statement was so counter to current conditions on Madison lakes, it struck some people as a dubious statement. That seemed the case, at least, because the political watchdog website PolitiFact jumped on the claim to test its veracity.
As anyone who’s paid attention to such things can tell you, Pocan was absolutely speaking the truth. In the last 150+ years of recorded data, the number of days our lakes are ice covered has shrunk. Still skeptical? Take a look at the graph below. Continue reading