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Meaney

Hey guys, a guy I know was telling me of the el nino still playing a big effect this year on ice fishing. Supposedly it is going to be a terrible year for ice fishing (again)…..any thoughts from you guys???

Bryan

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DEADhead

Randy, this is your time to shine!

I've heard that NOAA can't make a true estimate of the effects of this year's el nino until they get more water temp readings in November.

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WxGuy

Did somebody say "El Nino?"

elnino33hu3.jpg

The winter outlook according to NOAA would lead us to believe there is a 50% or greater chance that our winter in the upper midwest will be warmer than normal. That outlook is based primarily on the developing El Nino. Like DH said, it'll depend a lot on how the el nino develops over the next couple months. Receiving the first snow and cold plunge earlier than normal is something that tends to happen frequently in el nino events, so for now things are falling into place, but...

While I believe their scientists know a whole lot more than I do about weather, I don't buy long range forecasts and I'm not sold that this year's ice fishing season will be a stinker.

Just my 2 cents.

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Meaney

"GOD...IM AN (Contact Us Please)" FARLEY

thanks WX for the info grin.gif

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nate larson

El Nino is Spanish for........The Nino. ooo.gif

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WCS

I won't be too upset if we do have another January like last winter. That made for some good winter trout fishing conditions.

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Meaney

ummmmm yes it did WCS, oh that makes me think of that nice rainbow i got last january....rainbow2.jpg

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nate larson

Whoa Meaney...looks like you are squeezing the life out of that thing. That is quite the grip you have there! grin.gif

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Meaney

come on nate!...haha just kiddin. that darn thing was sure a squirmer grin.gif

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