Prairie Pothole Region Finally Getting Moisture

December 30, 2008 by  

As I write this out of my Bismarck, ND office, it’s still snowing.  When I woke up and turned on the television, they announced that we had broken the single month record of snow ever in a month timespan since it’s been recorded (around a century).  The first thing came to my mind – the ducks are going to be in good shape and the pheasants are dying.  It’s kind of a trade off through wet and dry periods here in the Dakotas, but it’s just nature’s cycle.

This is Grand Forks, ND in the spring of 1997...underwater.

This is Grand Forks, ND in the spring of 1997...underwater.

The past 4-5 years here has been really dry…in some areas bone dry.  Delta Waterfowl put it best last July in their nesting conditions, “It’s Dry…Real Dry…Bad Dry.”  Sloughs that I’ve never seen empty finally hit that point.  It was pretty depressing for a waterfowler.  Couple that with around a half million acres of CRP that got tilled under in ND alone, and the future of ducks wasn’t looking good.

But with the snow comes hope for the spring nesting season.  The snow in the eastern part of ND is also setting records, and with an extremely wet fall they’re setting a pace for another record flood similar to the one in 1997 (Entire city of Grand Forks went under water).  But we have a lot of winter left, and at this point it’s no secret this should be a wet winter.

So as of right now, the entire section of the Prairie Pothole Region is getting good moisture.  Below is a snow map from this morning, Dec. 30th 2008 – keep in mind it’s still snowing in the central to eastern part of the state and hasn’t been recorded.

Picture is from the NOAA

Picture is from the NOAA

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4 Comments on "Prairie Pothole Region Finally Getting Moisture"

  1. admin on Fri, 9th Jan 2009 1:25 pm 

    It’s still snowing hard today and it looks like the entire PPR is getting hit with this one. It appears to have more moisture to it than the snow we got in December.

  2. admin on Mon, 12th Jan 2009 10:08 am 

    And again today we got snow…I can’t even move the snow in my driveway with my Grizzly 700 it’s so deep. This will be a winter to remember.

  3. Tom on Sat, 24th Jan 2009 10:16 pm 

    I’m 53! It’s been since 1978 that we recieved this much snow!
    Let’s hope for a good hatch and brooding spring.

    I’m a big water duck hunter… I hunt the Eastern Tip of michigan’s Upper Peninsula… Redheads are my duck of choice

  4. Chris Hustad on Mon, 30th Mar 2009 1:03 pm 

    Getting a very heavy snow storm with a lot of moisture.

    We broke the Bismarck record for snowfall and it’s still coming down.

    This will be one of the wettest springs we’ve had in a long time.

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