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Old Sep 19, 2017, 8:34 pm   #1
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Good Morel Season For 2018?

Some of the best morel seasons I've ever had were in years when the winter was in a LaNina weather pattern. Those years feature above normal precipitation and wild swings in temperature. The latest computer guidance suggests a 60% chance of a LaNina pattern this winter.
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Old Feb 25, 2018, 5:22 am   #2
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So far it has been a typical La Nina winter.
In Southern Michigan, December started out cold and snowy, followed by a mid-month thaw, then brutal cold starting on 12/24/17 and lasting until around 1/8/18.
Around 30 inches of snow had fallen by then in SW MI. Temps stayed below 20 degrees, often falling into the single digits near Lake Michgan, and the negative teens away from the lake.
There was a thaw in mid-January, and February opened up with above normal temps, followed by a return to cold weather. We had about a foot of lake effect snow, then another foot of system snow.
Then came the big warmup and rain on 2/21/18. The snow was all melted, and some areas received 6+ inches of rain, leading to historical flooding on many rivers in the Great Lakes Region in Michigan and Indiana.
I noticed this past week that Red-Winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Killdeer have returned to Berrien County, about a week later than last year.
There is definitely not a lack of moisture, with the wet fall, snowy winter (around 90 inches in parts of Berrien Co. so far this winter) and all the rain we've had recently.
I think this year will be a very good year for morels.
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Old Mar 7, 2018, 8:45 pm   #3
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I'm with you guys. Above the 45th though there was zero snow in a lot of areas last weekend. I'm relying on you guys to watch for the moisture up there. I'm pretty busy getting ready to move and finish my hot rod. Lol
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Old Mar 7, 2018, 11:47 pm   #4
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Re: Good Morel Season For 2018?

We've got about an inch of snow on the ground currently in Berrien County.
The water table has been high since last fall, and after the flooding last month, there are still flooded farm fields in some areas.
The trend for the last few months has been above normal precipitation, and normal to slightly below normal temps. (With brief warmups)
I think if that trend continues, it will be a lot like 2003, which was a cool wet spring, and an excellent morel season. However, unlike 2003, we no longer have a lot of living Black Ash trees around MI for them to grow around.
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Hey Jon, nice ride. Me and my dad finished a 51 ford pickup rat-rod project last winter. I'll see if i can get a picture on here.

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Here are a few. Love the chopped top!
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Old Mar 10, 2018, 8:37 pm   #7
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Old Mar 17, 2018, 2:09 pm   #8
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Re: Good Morel Season For 2018?

Still a lot of standing water in Berrien County, the water table is high.
Saturated ground takes longer than dry ground to warm up..so I bet it will be a cooler than normal spring, and probably a later start for morels..probably around April 28th in Berrien Co.
I believe we had a cooler than normal spring and a late start to morel season in 2003, and it was one of the best morel seasons in recent years. However, this was before the Emerald Ash Borers eliminated all of the mature ash trees. I found some nice blacks at the edge of my property under some Black Cherries, and haven't found any morels there since 2003.
This year, I'll be looking under Eastern White Pine, Pin Oak, Black Cherry, Tuliptrees (native to the southern half of Lower MI) Aspens (aka "popple") and elms (mainly dead ones, though I've had luck under a living Siberian Elm in the last two years.)
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Old Mar 17, 2018, 11:39 pm   #9
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One thing for sure, this should be a good year in SW MI for sap farmers. It looks like a second straight week of above freezing days, and below freezing nights, which makes the maple sap flow up (when it's warm) and back down (when it's cold.)
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