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#21 Posted : Friday, February 14, 2020 3:39:58 AM(UTC)
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Hey Bill - spring flood outlook dropped today. TL;DR - wet autumn plus above normal snowpack equals high flood risk this spring.
"With last year's above normal precipitation pattern deeply saturating the soils, near normal frost depths, high winter flows in the rivers and streams and current elevated water content in the snowpack, we have a well above normal chance of widespread spring flooding across the NCRFC area. As usual, spring precipitation and temperature patterns in the coming months will determine the snowmelt rate and runoff timing. Based on these conditions we expect a high probability of seeing widespread flooding."
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MPX flood outlook - this is for the Minneapolis NWS area, but your link will bring you to the north central region as well

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#22 Posted : Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:54:41 AM(UTC)
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Yeah, I heard the flood forecast today on the radio during the drive home from work.

It's all about the timing. A gradual snow melt would be welcome, as would a more normal spring rainfall amounts. Pretty good snow cover right now, and a good chance for a least a couple more snowfall events before spring finally takes hold. Should be an interesting spring.

The upside to all the moisture is that the aquifers are fully charged and in great shape for the foreseeable future. Wasn't that long ago we were bemoaning low water flows and even a few creeks drying up from drought.

It is depressing to see how some of the creeks in SW Driftless Area have been changed for the worse, at least for Trout fishing. I did a little driving tour though the area back in December and there's still plenty of obvious damage through Vernon, Richland and Sauk counties. Some of the small farms I've fished on for years are now abandoned or no longer in operation due to consecutive years of heavy floods.

But, every day there's 3 more minutes of daylight. I noticed tonight that the street lights here in Milwaukee didn't kick on until about 5:45PM. And in three weeks DST begins extending the evening daylight.

I'm still waiting to get out for my first outing of this year. A bit too much snow on the ground right now for easy and safe walking. Maybe next weekend if the weather improves and stream conditions don't deteriorate.

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slayermikefishing on 2/15/2020(UTC)
#23 Posted : Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:40:40 PM(UTC)
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"And in three weeks DST begins extending the evening daylight."

Yes! I'll have time to fish after work starting then. I just bought a Sage TXL 7'11" 2 weight that I'll use on one or two of the tiny creeks in my area.
Bob Williams, "Weiliwen"
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