The storm front that came in today brought a lot of rain and wind to the valleys and foothills of western Montana. This evening the snowline looked to be about 5000 ft. The high country should see another good shot of heavy snow. And when I say heavy, think moist. Another layer on the already nasty avalanche cake with some serious wind loading. Backcountry and out-of-bounds areas are taking their toll on winter enthusiasts this year. Harbinger of spring, when this little runoff stream starts running at this rate through our pasture it’s always a good sign that change isn’t far away. Better than a rodent seeing his shadow.
The snow pack over the last couple weeks has been slowly inching it’s way up. Another good shot of winter weather and a lot of areas are going to be pushing that 100% mark with a lot of snow time left.
MONTANA SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent Update Graph
As of WEDNESDAY: FEBRUARY 22 , 2012
|Basin||Snow Water Equivalent Percent of Average|
|KOOTENAI RIVER BASIN||95%|
|FLATHEAD RIVER BASIN||87%|
|UPPER CLARK FORK RIVER BASIN||90%|
|BITTERROOT RIVER BASIN||94%|
|LOWER CLARK FORK RIVER BASIN||93%|
|JEFFERSON RIVER BASIN||80%|
|MADISON RIVER BASIN||77%|
|GALLATIN RIVER BASIN||80%|
|HEADWATERS MISSOURI MAINSTEM||105%|
|SMITH, JUDITH, AND MUSSELSHELL RIVER BASINS||96%|
|SUN, TETON AND MARIAS RIVER BASINS||97%|
|MISSOURI MAINSTEM RIVER BASIN||97%|
|ST MARY AND MILK RIVER BASINS||84%|
|UPPER YELLOWSTONE RIVER BASIN||91%|
|WIND RIVER BASIN (WYOMING)||86%|
|SHOSHONE RIVER BASIN (WYOMING)||91%|
|BIGHORN RIVER BASIN (WYOMING)||98%|
|TONGUE RIVER BASIN (WYOMING)||120%|
|POWDER RIVER BASIN (WYOMING)||108%|
|LOWER YELLOWSTONE RIVER BASIN||97%|
I got an email from Rick Hafle who saw the post on Montana Fly Fishing Magazine, Montana’s new fly fishing ezine and Rick wanted to let us know about a new ezine/newsletter that he and cronies Dave Hughes and Skip Morris recently started. It’s called HookedNow a bimonthly ezine/newsletter on fly fishing topics we all hold so dear. You can check out a sample here. It’s a subscription but skip that full meal deal and it’s paid for the year.
Hunters shoot down activist drone
If you’ve been around here reading for awhile you know how much I love some of the animal activist groups. Not that they don’t sometimes promote a good cause, it’s just that most of them are in an orbit all their own, like “My Favorite Martian” in reverse. Anyway, this story about some hunters blasting a drone that was set to disrupt a private hunting club pigeon shoot pretty much sums up my feelings on a couple things.
First, if the hunting club wants to raise pigeons for target practice, I have no problem with that as long as they are not chucking them into a dumpster somewhere after the shoot and I doubt they are. They could be out in the woods blasting away at wild birds which I don’t generally have a problem with either but think about how many wild birds are being saved by letting these guys shoot their pigeons. Upland birds across South Carolina are singing praises to their martyred brethren.
Second, the drones. I’m not sure if you could classify the Mikrocopter in this incident as a drone per se but with the potential of drones entering the public airspace on the horizon I thought it was fitting response for getting rid of an unwelcome man-made invader into ones private space. My only suggestion would be that next time- use a goose load. At nearly 10k per copter it might be awhile before you have to shoot another one down.