America's Wacky Winter Weather

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  1. Trapper

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    A freak snow and ice storm shuts down Atlanta and turn their freeways into parking lots . People were wondering about whether some Snowmageddon storm would shut down the Super Bowl. My brother lives in Michigan and they already have their entire winter's worth of snow. I'm not sure what's happening in western Washington and Oregon, but it seems like nearly everyone thinks their weather is worse than anyone else's.

    I maintain that in the lower 48, Montana has the market on wacky winter weather.

    Consider this. The largest recorded temperature change in one place over a 24-hour period occurred on January 15, 1972 in Loma, Montana, when the temperature rose from −54 to 49 °F .

    That's 103 degree change in 24 hours!

    About 20 air miles from my house is where the lowest recorded temperature in the lower 48-States happened --

    Minus 70F on January 20th, 1954. They believe the temperature was actually colder than that, but the thermometer only went to -70F.

    I've seen temps as cold as -50F and I've hunted and ridden horses when it was -30F. One year I cooked in the back country when the day time highs were in the minus teens and we had to break ice in the creek with a splitting maul so the horses could get water. Sleeping in a wall tent when it's -20 something is not for the faint of heart.

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    I'm out here in the wilds of Chicago these days, and we're on Phase 3 of the "Polar Vortex," at 8 below this morning. It got as low as 18 below on one of the earlier ones this season. Not Montana temps, but tougher than I'm used to!

    We've also gotten about 2 feet more snow than the average year's total.

    I have a small river in my back yard, and my neighbors say they've never seen it freeze up before. I walked across it (carefully!) to the golf course on the other side yesterday. I needn't have worried - I have an old spoon auger, and used it to find that the ice was 6 inches thick at the middle of the river, the last place to freeze up.
     
  3. Old Man

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    Well winter came back to Dillon with a vengeance today. It has been snowing and blowing all day so far. The temp is only 13 degrees. Not much in the way of any depth, but with the wind whipping it around it is drifting some what good.

    The last month it has been somewhat nice. Temps in the mid 30's. But not to worry as it should only be nasty for about a week and then I should be able to get back out flinging some flies around.

    The Beaverhead where I fish doesn't freeze over, so when I feel like getting out I will. But the Big Hole has been ice covered for over two months now.
     
  4. Kyle Smith

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    Hard to believe that our phenomenal pre-runoff fishing starts in a little over a month. First it's midges, then bwo's, then skwalas, then March browns, then runoff and salmonflies!
     
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    It is very weird! The Cascades are very low on snow and we could have big issues with lack of runoff this summer. You would think Montana would be dry as well but I understand snow on the ground is above normal! Then California is in a record setting drought, while the eastern half of the country is suffering through one storm after another! I definitely like all the sun we have had this winter in western WA but still very weird! Rick
     
  6. Cole L

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    Hows the snowpack in MT right now?
     
  7. Kyle Smith

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    Slightly above average! Hope it holds up, unlike last year when it all melted off in early May. It looks like everywhere but the Rockies is in trouble though.
     
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    Last I heard, Loup Loup ski hill(I had a season's pass there last year) had only four or five inches on it, and has no plans to open this year. I'm hoping Feb/March bring a little precipitation to this part of the state. We desperately need it.
     
  9. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Climate change perhaps? Naw!

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    Minus 27 here in Dillon, at 7 AM. With a wind chill of minus 47. I ain't going outside today.
     
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    Jim, I'll come pick you up and bring you to my house as we're a balmy -2. It will seem like summer!
     
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    Good idea, Sue
    We should go see Jim in March.
     
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    My wife's car almost didn't want to start this morning. Maybe I should invest in one of those car engine heaters..

    But it's warming up. It's only minus 21 at 9:35 AM. I sure hope spring shows up soon as I'm itching to get out and throw a few flies around.