Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016 SNOTEL Report

Just a quick update on the snow pack for the area. It looks good! I know there are a few areas that are low--most of which are low elevation areas. That could change pretty quick with a couple spring storms.

A buddy pointed out a flaw with these reports in that the data only goes back to 1981 and there was a long term drought during that time. This is true but I will say that since I've been guiding, if we are around 100% of snow pack throughout the spring, we are usually sitting pretty good for the summer. Again, there are many factors that can change that like a week of 80 degrees in April, a foot and a half of snow in June, a boulder lodging in the Madison Dam...all have happened in recent years.

I also looked at water temps and flows of the Missouri River and the Dearborn and I would say that we should start seeing bugs pretty soon. The Mo is at 40 degrees coming out of the dam and the Dearborn is a couple degrees warmer at the confluence. This weekend should help to get things rolling with a little more energy in the water. A couple degrees can make all the difference.

Keep 'em where they live...

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