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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 05:35 PM

Muskies (and walleye) are confused by the weather, and so is the DNR

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20366134/muskies-are-confused-by-weather-and-so-is?source=rss

The warm water temperatures in central and southern Minnesota lakes brought the males in shallow, ready for some action. Many have been stood up by females not quite in the mood yet, their eggs not ready, while other females inexplicably seemed to have dumped their eggs.

The dating scene in the walleye world isn't a whole lot different: There's a lot more flirtation than actual spawning.

The fish are confused by the weather, and so are fisheries biologists, who are trying to gather eggs and sperm to hatch fish to be stocked statewide.

"I've talked to everyone I can think of, guys who have been doing this for 30 years, and all these guys are scratching their heads this year," said Neil Vanderbosch, who coordinates the annual egg-taking program for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Nobody has much experience with this kind of weather."

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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:35 PM

1. I've got roses blooming in Maryland

This is plain astonishing. Roses normally don't start blooming for another month.
It's only two rose blossoms, but I have never before seen outdoor roses blooming this early in the Gaithersburg, MD area.

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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:16 AM

2. The Elms, Maples, and Oaks are leafing out here in Fargo.

In many years there is still some snow on the ground, at this time of year!!! I've seen a couple of trees already flowering. The Ash trees have not leafed out, yet, I believe they are triggered by day length and not temperature.

And we just got a lot of needed rain, today. The foliage is going to be exploding with growth the next few days.

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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 06:45 PM

3. The flowers are blooming already here in NY, including the flowering trees

The apple farmers have been having a rough time and some long nights to keep them from freezing.

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