As I work on this week's column, an ominous warning sounds from the radio: "A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon....the National Weather Service in Burlington has issued a winter storm watch for heavy snow across the Northern Adirondacks ....with the potential for 6 to 12 inches of heavy, wet snow with temperatures near freezing through much of the event."
Earlier in the morning, I had been complaining to my wife about the plague of dandelions that had consumed our front lawn, and May hadn't even arrived yet.
I knew recent weather patterns had been just too good to be true. Usually, by this time of year, I'd be waiting for ice-out to get on the water and chomping the bit to wet a line. Instead, I've spent the past three weeks on the ponds, catching trout with reckless abandon.
The season's weather has been as fantastic as the angling and I've been forced to cover-up only with sunscreen, rather than the usual dose of bug dope.
Just yesterday, water temperatures on the streams finally topped the 50 degree mark, a barrier considered ideal for mayflies to hatch. However, it now appears hatching mayflies will have to compete with snowflakes for airspace.
Hopefully, the storm will pass without much disturbance. However, I'm willing to take whatever the weather has to offer, because I've been angling on borrowed time for the entire month of April.
The value of a flowing stream
In the course of my travels, I visit a lot of small towns and villages across the Adirondacks. I always enjoy meeting residents of the local communities and listening to their cares and concerns. Our local communities share similar problems ranging from aging populations to activities for area youth, as well as state mandates and a looming economic crisis.