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Spring's first signs

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I was driving through Akron yesterday and saw a dead skunk and a possum along the road. Another sign that spring is not far away.

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Buffalo. Everything I have seen until now suggest that we will not have an early spring. 

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I think we are in for a bi-polar warm-cold March the way the jet stream has had such deep troughs.....which probably means lots of wind also.  The lake is pretty warm.  It has not quite reached complete isothermy as there are still some islands of 41 degree water offshore.  Those are where the kings are wintering.  Having three banks of 40 degree water evenly spaced out in the different basins, I am predicting the whole South shore is going to enjoy spring kings.  

 

https://www.glerl.noaa.gov//res/glcfs/glcfs.php?lake=o&ext=vwt&type=N&hr=00

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Some red winged blackbirds showed up here the other day....saw 2 large flocks of  high flying northbound migrating geese...and the resident Canada geese here have been squawking and fighting over prime nest spots.

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Oh yeah, redwings have always been my indicator that spring is near. Haven't seen any yet but I'm always listening and watching.

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A satellite photo of the Lake Erie ice coverage showed only fifty per cent ice coverage yesterday. Warm water will be flowing from the Welland Canal, Port Dahlousie and Niagara River sooner than expected. Get ready .

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Our intake temp at work went from 34 degrees a couple weeks ago to 39 degrees. 

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On 3/3/2018 at 7:57 PM, GAMBLER said:

Our intake temp at work went from 34 degrees a couple weeks ago to 39 degrees. 

An up welling of bottom lake water. The physical property of water is it becomes denser or heavier around thirty nine degrees F. That is why ice rises to the surface as it becomes colder and fish do not freeze under the ice. An offshore wind blows the cold surface water away and the bottom water rises to the surface. In summer conditions the colder bottom water rises to the surface during off shore wind events. Ice fishing in Lake Ontario bays is dangerous as the warmer bottom water can rise up and melt the ice from below also.

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Just looked out the window and it's snowing pretty hard 10 miles east of Watertown.

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44 minutes ago, Gill-T said:

The tarp is still on my boat.  

 

Mine too...

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