Wisconsin and its opportunities : illustrated by photographs taken in northern Wisconsin
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CLIMATE T O the farmer the matter of cli- mate is of equal importance T with the character of the soil. Many men are held back from coming to Northern Wisconsin from fear that they are moving into too cold a climate, but by glancing at a map of the United States one can see that the larger part of Minnesota and that part of the state of North Dakota which contains the greatest wheat fields in the world are further north than any part of the territory to which your attention is called. Furthermore, nearly the entire area of Canada lies north of this region. Though a little colder than the states farther south. there are many advantages attendant on this colder climate, only fully rea- lized by those who live here. The win- ters are almost entirely free from the continual thaws and sleet storms so detrimental to live stock. The cover- ing of snow which comes in November and lasts continually throughout the winter, provides the ground with a blanket which protects the soil from freezing more than a few inches, and by this protection permits such great feeding crops as red clover and tim- othy to spread themselves from year to year, instead of being a one sea- son's growth, as in many states. Either from its situation or the tim- bered character of the land, this coun- try is almost entirely free from bliz- zards. Its elevation is so high that the clear, still, dry cold keeps the blood in circulation, and the body with- stands it without effort. Since one is relieved from the piercing winds of the states farther south, he finds that a low thermometer, when the air is dry and still, is nothing to be dreaded. The snow is also a great aid to log- ging operations, and allows a farmer to depend on a cheap and easy haul for his logs, ties, posts, poles, pulp- wood and other products of the forest. An offset to the cold weather is found in the great abundance of fuel supply always at hand. This permits a warm house without any cost except the work of cutting and piling the wood. This region is remarkably free from those uncertain and varying changes in the weather during spring and fall, so common in most localities, and so trying to the health of man and beast. In the summer the air retains its bracing qualities, while the nights are uniformly comfortably cool. The following clipping is a reminder that cold weather occurs in other parts of the United States than in Northern Wisconsin: Wasmblgton. D. C., Feb. 6 1i0.-Tbh weather bureau announced to day that the outlook is for continued cold weather, not onily in this secton. but over a large part of the United states. Zero weather extends as far south as Oklahoma and the Dakotas report 200tou degrees below zero this bnorbing. Tbe coldest point bown by the official report. is Valentine, Neb., whicb registered 32 below.
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