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strange weather

Anyone else having weird weather? we went 59 days without rain now its raining like a good december storm, and its been cooler than average this summer. kinda strange. over the weekend on my hunt it felt more like nov than august.

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 It seams like here in

 It seams like here in Colorado that it has been cooler than average this summer.  At least that is what it feels like to me.  Actuall I enjoy it cooler and wetter.  It keeps the noise down in the hills but gets the socks wet when you are trying to put the sneek on a animal. :-o 

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Strange weather, indeed! It

Strange weather, indeed!

It started last summer with the weather heating up really quickly. I don't keep records of weather, but I do keep track of the water temperature in Saginaw Bay where I fish for walleye. In case you're not familiar with it, Saginaw Bay is the large body of water that is between the "thumb" and the rest of the "mitten" that makes up the state of Michigan. Just hold your left hand out in front of you with your palm away from you and extend your thumb out slightly. That whole area between your thumb and your first finger is Saginaw Bay.

OK - we've got that established. It is a very large body of water - over 1,100 squre miles - and it takes quite a while to warm up and cool down. In 2009, it was the end of June before the surface temperature reached 70 degrees, then it gradually warmed up to around 75 or so for the rest of the summer. In 2010, by the middle of June, it was already in the high 70's. By July 4, it was 83 degrees and the fish had left the Bay for cooler water out in the depths of Lake Huron - something that no one could remember ever happening before!

This affected the fishing right through the winter, with far fewer numbers of fish being caught - either in the Bay or in the connecting rivers. Those that were in the river tended to be very small. To give you a graphic example of how extreme this was, I will mention the annual "Shiver on the River" - a fishing tournament that takes place in February each year. In the 2010 Shiver, the winning walleye was a little over 13 pounds, and it took a 10 pound fish just to get into the top 25 places. In this year's Shiver, the winning fish was 11.7 pounds, third place was 9.25 pounds and 25th place was 6.00 pounds. Can you say, "BIG difference"? The larger fish just plain left us for parts unknown; we are hoping that they find their way back for this Spring.

How about the winter of 2010-2011? It has been very cold with lots of snow (and that's an understatement)! By March 5, 2010, we were already trolling the Bay (open water) and catching fish. As of this writing (March 31, 2011) I am looking out my back sliding doors on a field covered with snow - some dirt starting to show through. On the Bay? It's stll choked with ice, although it is starting to break up - a full month later than last year. The lakes 100 miles north of here still have well over a foot of ice on them.

Strange weather? Well, I should say so! If this global warming doesn't stop, we're all going to freeze to death! lol

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For anyone who read my

For anyone who read my previous post, this picture will help explain the present condition of Saginaw Bay on March 31, 2011.

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 This is a very late Spring, indeed!

 

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You know I think I would

You know I think I would trade for some snow right about now. In march it has rained 30 out of 31 days. infact its raining right now. Tomarrow April 1 is gonna be dry for the majority of the day then another system comes in for friday night and saturday, we may sneek a dry day in on sunday before more rain returns for the rest of the week.

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In September you started this

lol In September you started this thread with the comment that it had not rained for 59 days, now it has rained for 30 straight. I don't know how much is normal up there but I guess you just need to take an average I guess.

I just saw on the news last night that we had the 5th driest March on record with about an inch and a half of precipitation in the Denver area. We had a little more on this side of the hill but overall it was a very light winter with not as much snow or cold as normal. At this point I would welcome rain over snow though as it just feels more like spring.

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funny.

lol You are right, it has been a weird summer into fall and winter, winter started out kinda cold and normal. then in Jan and feb it was warm and dry. the last part of feb and all of march has been just down right wet. March was the 5th wettest here on record. we had 6.89in of rain in march, our normal march rain fall is 3.71in. the wettest was 7.05in. I hope April will dry out a little. the ground is super saturated and hillside are startung to come down and trees are just randomly falling over.

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