"There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." John Ruskin
The weather is beautiful this morning, and we think it's going to turn into a different kind of good weather - for salamander migration.
Here is what weather.com is forecasting for later today:
A slight chance of showers before 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 4pm and 5pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 11pm. Low around 35. West wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Although it is early in the season we think that the warm temperature and rain may trigger the beginning of the migration with males starting making their way to the pools.
Beekman road will be closed this evening to allow salamanders to cross safely to the vernal pools.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT SAFETY
Please be aware that Church Lane is very dark and cars move at fast speeds.
Use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road and especially be watchful of your children.
If you come to the road, EVERYONE (Children included) MUST have their OWN flashlight.
Do not touch salamanders or frogs!
Our hands have natural oils and chemicals from soap and other things we've touched that can harm amphibian sensitive skin.
Amphibians are also very slippery and can be easily hurt if dropped. It's is best to just watch them cross and enjoy the way they move