By Jeff Kurrus
As far as I am concerned, this winter couldn’t have been any better. Snow, warm weather to melt snow. Rain, warm weather to dry rain. Snow just enough to sled down a few hills. And lots of sunny afternoons.
But what does this mean for our natural world in Nebraska?
During this time of year, I’m in questioning mode as much as any other time of the year. I’m compiling notes for future stories and asking all the questions that will lead to stories for Nebraskaland and beyond. So let me share a few questions I have:
1. Could this warmer winter lead to some higher quail numbers?
2. What will it do to insects while I’m spring turkey hunting?
3. Will we be less prone to spring floods on our rivers?
4. Does a warmer winter traditionally equate to a hotter summer?
5. With less ice for ice fishermen, how will open water catches compare to traditional years?
6. Was this year an anomaly or just part of one large climate cycle?
7. What’s the spanish word for polka? (just wanted to make sure you were still paying attention)
8. Will aquatic vegetation be thicker?
9. Does a 2-inch rain give the earth as much moisture as a 2-inch snow?
10. What percentage of birds don’t migrate during winters like this?
Any answers would be very much appreciated.
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