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Snow cover on Canadian and northern U.S. wetlands in 2019

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Snow cover on Canadian and northern U.S. wetlands in 2019
North American snow cover map looks pretty good, other than a large spot in southeastern Saskatchewan.

https://www.eldoradoweather.com/snowdepth.html

Looks like enough precipitation to break-up the drought spots noted prior the snowpack's arrival:

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/...ip/drought/nadm/maps

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RLLigman: Mar 18, 2019, 3:18 AM
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Apparently, a 'moderately weak' el Nino pattern has established for a long enough interval in the Pacific long enough to now become official. Whether this will develop to an extent to displace the Jetstream further south is still speculative. Should this intensify over the course of the summer, the northern plains will heat up and dry out, with the extremes exacerbated by climate change influences.
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Iowa/Nebraska border currently being hit hard by flooding as this melt progresses. The last bomb cyclone layered another swath of moisture across the previously drought afflicted areas of the Dakotas. Pond numbers and levels should be high this spring as birds arrive.
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Good news to hear, Rick. Thank you for that coverage that will hopefully hold a goodly number of ducks for this upcoming breeding season.

That bomb cyclone you talked about went through here first and we received some great rains in our area. That is always good to have. I am just thankful that the shingles on our roof are still there. The southerly winds were horrific as they headed northward into Colorado. We have had unusually cold weather since the middle of November.

This week will be a good start for some warmer temps---fingers crossed.
Al
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Al good to hear that you came through intact!

How is your surface water situation, compared to previous years, this early spring?
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Thanks for the updates Rick, hope the ducks have a great breeding season




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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I suspect the pheasant populations are taking a "hit" this year...
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We had something occur last year that I have never seen, nearly our entire flight of redheads and scaup, through the eastern U.P., was non-existent; weeks of zero birds resting at the strait of Mackinac. Pat Gregory mentioned in a PM that they, too, missed getting into redheads in numbers when he was in Canada earlier that 2018 season.
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If that "no show" of birds happens again. I'm selling my boats and hundreds of decoys... I hope my kids don't read this. They'll want the family discount!

BUT, I still enjoyed the experience in truth despite the lack of migration...I guess that's what makes us passionate waterfowlers. More important than a limit.
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Remember, I have right of first refusal on the Crusader...!