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I was beginning to get nervous...

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I was beginning to get nervous...
Good to see snow falling in North Dakota. Hopefully there is a good frost seal to enable runoff to accumulate in the ponds later in the week.

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RLLigman: Feb 23, 2021, 7:05 AM
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Folks don't realize how important snow pack is for Spring ponds! I've been praying for it too!
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We essentially get every winter storm that rolls across the Dakotas about 24 hours later. We have maybe six inches of standing snow cover this winter, compared to 26-30" in an average UP winter with around 180" of annual snowfall. Lakes Michigan/Huron have fallen around ten inches from evapotranspiration losses and lake effect events, which lose about 25% of the precipitation they generate to fall on the landmass. Hopefully this last twelve days of ultra-cold polar vortex weather will have capped the soils out there so they will hold nearly all the snow melt that will ensue from the weather systems that are forecast to roll along the US/Canada border refilling the ponds just in time. We will benefit from the water level declines this drought has wrought via coastal wetlands regeneration, but I will put-up with the high water levels to hold the pond numbers out there up anytime. Obviously, I am not paying-out tens of thousands of dollars to construct or subsidize coastal revetments on the Great Lakes either.

It looks like every other day for the next week some level of precipitation will fall along the border.