Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Today we are receiving yet another good dumping of snow. While about town, I heard several people complaining that they are tired of Winter. Tired of Winter? Winter just got here! Heck, at least it’s not 30 below, again yet. Come August we will be complaining that it’s ‘too hot’, ‘too weedy’ and ‘too smokey’. I say bundle up and be thankful for this white blessing. At least that’s what I keep telling myself as I shovel the walk way for the upteinth time today. Thankfully, my eldest son has decided to try his luck at being an entrepreneur with a snow removal business this winter. (Thank you Jase for taking care of family first!)
February, March and April is typically the time of year when our area gets its’ most precipitation. Remember 2010 and 2011? Those years brought us high water due to above average snow packs late in the Spring. It was in 2010 when I came on board at CrosssCurrents Fly Shop. I remember several incidents how the higher than normal water flows affected floating and angling on the Missouri River, as well as the Smith River. I also remember selling a lot of bug spray! According to the National Weather Service, in the second half of the month of May 2011, almost a year’s worth of rain fell over the upper Missouri River basin. Extremely heavy rainfall in conjunction with above normal snowpack in the Rocky Mountains contributed to the 2011 flooding event. Thankfully, the challenges of those high water years brought us a higher population of healthy rainbow trout!
Everyone remembers the infamous Yellowstone Fires in 1988. What about Montana’s long drought period of the 1990’s and early 2000s or the Meriwether Fire of 2007? The recent lightening struck fires of 2012 and 2013 in Wolf Creek and Craig with our average snowpack are reminders that drought nor rain are ‘normal’. They both are normal as climate cycles, not chance, are at play. When it comes to the great outdoors and Mother Nature: you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.