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Had an eagle circling above my car last Sunday during that warm-n-sunny weekend. While there are some very limited nesting sites in SMI, it's rare to actually see them. Always see them in NMI where the habitat is more correct. Some will even winter-over up there, feeding off of dead deer. The flesh remains rather "fresh frozen" in a typical winter up there and apparently that's good enough. They are certainly not scavenger birds that clean-up rotting road kill

 

In fact, Bald eagles are largely scavengers, eating carrion or using their size to steal other animal's captured prey.  They do hunt if need be, but its much more energy conservative for them to soar in the air riding air currents and using their vision to find carrion from above.  Around me that carrion has largely become road killed deer and fish gut piles.  Over the next month as the snow melts exposing the winter road kills, large groups of crows and eagles can be seen scavenging and fighting for the carcasses as you drive down the highway.  

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I went out to DeSoto on Saturday this past weekend and caught a couple of good shots. Saw at least 1/2 a dozen of Bald Eagles and several other large hawks. My favorite shot is probably the first one

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50 degrees here today. February will end tomorrow in the mid 60s. Looking back at my weather station reports for the month, it looks like there will only be 5 days total where highs were below freezing for the month and 7 days with highs above 50, had .5" of snow total, and .05" of precip.

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The weekend and Monday mid to upper 70's. Then mid to upper 60's for a week.

Rain Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Looking forward to the warm weather as it will drive away the possibility of this virus worrying people. Viruses love cool waeather.

So, come on sunshine.

 

Looking like early spring.

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Today ended up being pretty cold.  We were in the upper 20s most of the day, under-performing most recent Euro runs by several degrees.  Thankfully, we're done with temps this cold.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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In fact, Bald eagles are largely scavengers, eating carrion or using their size to steal other animal's captured prey.  They do hunt if need be, but its much more energy conservative for them to soar in the air riding air currents and using their vision to find carrion from above.  Around me that carrion has largely become road killed deer and fish gut piles.  Over the next month as the snow melts exposing the winter road kills, large groups of crows and eagles can be seen scavenging and fighting for the carcasses as you drive down the highway.

Yep, that’s why I see so many out here in farm country. I’ve often seen eagles eating dead animals. It’s gross, but that’s a good thing though. If some farmers lose a few animals they’ll put them out in the open for eagles to dispose of. Eagles will also hang around open waters to fish of course.

I’ve seen an eagles nest at my cousins place a mile away the other year.

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Here are some interesting snow stats for you CR peeps. This confirms what you’ve been thinking!

http://www.midwestweathercenter.com/nstew-blog/2020/2/28/missing-the-big-one-streaks-without-a-big-snow-storm

 

Certainly way over-due at 47 years lol, but with an historical avg of 18 yrs between, climo is definitely NOT your friend if you want BD's. Y'all will likely end the drought with a March of 1923 scenario. At least you can hope, eh?  We've been 42 yrs since a widespread CAT-5 for SMI, tho we've had several CAT-4 (12-18") hits in the last 10-15 yrs. Noticed that your BD years back in the 20's & 50's were not great times over our way fwiw. 

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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Yep, that’s why I see so many out here in farm country. I’ve often seen eagles eating dead animals. It’s gross, but that’s a good thing though. If some farmers lose a few animals they’ll put them out in the open for eagles to dispose of. Eagles will also hang around open waters to fish of course.

I’ve seen an eagles nest at my cousins place a mile away the other year.

 

Well, there's plenty, and I mean PLENTY of road-kill across SMI but I've never in my life witnessed an eagle feeding off of it. Must be they either don't like the population density for nesting purposes, or they don't like fighting the countless buzzards over dinner around SMI, lol. 

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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Guessing the APX Mets are as ready for spring as the rest of us Peeps as they have not updated their snow depth map the last 2 days. 

 

Their real-time depth seems to have peaked with the big LES hit tho. Deepest I've seen it all winter. The crown of winter most likely...

 

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Winter 2020-21 Snow Total = 35.1"  Largest Storm: 10.2" (2/15-16)        Oct: 0.0 Nov: 1.5 Dec: 3.6 Jan: 10.0 Feb: 20.0 Mar: 0.0 Apr: 0.0

 

Annual avg for mby = 49.7"  Avg for last 10 seasons = 58.4" (118% of normal)

2019-20 = 48.0"  2018-19 = 56.1"  2017-18 = 68.3"   2016-17 = 52"   2015-16 = 57.4"   2014-15 = 55.3"   2013-14 = 100.6" (coldest & snowiest in the modern record!)  2012-13 = 47.2"   2011-12 = 43.7"

 

Legit Blizzards (high winds and dbl digit snows): Feb 2011, Dec 2009, Jan 2005, Dec 2000, Jan 1999, Mar 1998, Nov 1989, Jan 1982, Jan 1978, Jan 1977, Apr 1975, Mar 1973, Jan 1967, Feb 1965, Jan 1918

 

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The temp is slow to warm this morning.... still in the upper 20s.  The Euro has been lowering our high today, now only 47º.  Tomorrow we will get a much better start.

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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My final February precip is only 0.44".

 

My final February snowfall is only 1.7", from one event.  This is the only February since 2008, when I began keeping track, that only had one measurable snow event.

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season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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I don't think we will reach anywhere near 50º today.  We started pretty chilly and the temp has been slow to rise.  It is still only 42º.  Models over-forecasted the temp yesterday and again today.

 

Update:  We maxed out at a still-chilly 44º.

season snowfall: 52.5"

 

'19-20: 36.2"      '18-19: 50.2"      '17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"

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Well, there's plenty, and I mean PLENTY of road-kill across SMI but I've never in my life witnessed an eagle feeding off of it. Must be they either don't like the population density for nesting purposes, or they don't like fighting the countless buzzards over dinner around SMI, lol.

 

Plenty of road kill here as well and I can't remember seeing them dining on that either, come to think of it. They're probably traffic shy or smart enough not to become a target of road kill them selves. Ha
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I had a high of 46° after a low of 14° this morning.

 

My February total precip. is only 0.40" & the snowfall total is 2.7" . (2.2" on the 12th & 1/2" on the 7th)

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That actually reminds me of something. A couple years ago I was driving to work and happened to notice a dead rabbit or something in the middle of the road. A couple hours later I had to run back home. As I was heading down the same road towards the spot where the roadkill was, I see a large bird coming in from above. I think, “I bet it’s going to grab that dead rabbit.”

Sure enough the bird swoops in, lands on the road long enough to grab the animal and then takes off, all as I’m heading towards it maybe a 100 feet in front of me.

It ended up being a Bald Eagle! Wish I could have recorded it.

 

Plenty of road kill here as well and I can't remember seeing them dining on that either, come to think of it. They're probably traffic shy or smart enough not to become a target of road kill them selves. Ha

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76* today. Sunny. Windy.

 

And tomorrow.

 

Not bad.

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That actually reminds me of something. A couple years ago I was driving to work and happened to notice a dead rabbit or something in the middle of the road. A couple hours later I had to run back home. As I was heading down the same road towards the spot where the roadkill was, I see a large bird coming in from above. I think, “I bet it’s going to grab that dead rabbit.”

Sure enough the bird swoops in, lands on the road long enough to grab the animal and then takes off, all as I’m heading towards it maybe a 100 feet in front of me.

It ended up being a Bald Eagle! Wish I could have recorded it.

 

Wow, that's interesting!
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4-8 years is really the max for these types of cycles, imo. Long-term, I'm probably nearer 5.5 years on this overall type of pattern that started in summer of 2014. It's sad but seeing drought risks return to the south and west will be a good indicator of this longer term cycle passing. (At least the portions driven by the equatorial tropics).

The problem we face here is entering or fading back into a type of pattern that persisted from 2008-2012 where the ridges don't migrate. Lots of things to look at going forward.

what ever the case maybe it certainly was one of the suckest nation wide winters That I can remember in a long time.As you said these pattern comes in cycles it will be interesting to see where it gos a few years down the road.One thing for sure if this current pattern continues well into summer.This could end up being a nasty one heat and perhaps storm wise.
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what ever the case maybe it certainly was one of the suckest nation wide winters That I can remember in a long time.As you said these pattern comes in cycles it will be interesting to see where it gos a few years down the road.

 

>>>>>One thing for sure if this current pattern continues well into summer.This could end up being a nasty one heat and perhaps storm wise.

100 percent agree. Tennessee last night is a great reminder. A few near misses in this pattern have kept me vigilant of the high threat here also. Hard times coming weather wise before it gets better, I'm afraid.

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what ever the case maybe it certainly was one of the suckest nation wide winters That I can remember in a long time.As you said these pattern comes in cycles it will be interesting to see where it gos a few years down the road.One thing for sure if this current pattern continues well into summer.This could end up being a nasty one heat and perhaps storm wise.

A good winter usually lags behind low sunspot activity by a few years. I think we are due for a good one in the next 1 to 3 years.

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