Saturday, March 01, 2008

Wild Turkey Tale For Today And NH's Record Snowfall

We woke up to 5 inches of snow, instead of the predicted foot. Usually the night before I will throw out the feed for my birds (my pets, all 28 of them),   the snow would have covered the feed last night. It was still snowing when we woke up, thinking I would wait until after breakfast, my birds had another idea.  Bob heard the turkeys, chirping and looking up at the door where I would go to throw out their feed.  I put on my rubber garden clogs, still in my pajamas and went out on the deck throwing out the last of their feed....I ran out of feed.  

After they had eaten the wildlife feed, they went off into the woods, actually waiting for me to feed them again. We felt terrible but our driveway was not plowed and there was no way we could get out to buy the feed.  Our turkeys go through about 40 lbs. of feed every two weeks, more I feel he they cannot forage for food. They would be starving if we did not feed them. 

I have been researching turkeys and found an interesting articles 
Guidelines for winter feeding of wild turkeys - N.H. Fish and Game and Wildlife Profile: Eastern wild turkey - N.H. Fish and Game  I a totally in love with my turkey....WARNING HUNTERS stay away!!!!

Our local news station had report of about the wild life causalities due to our almost record holding winter, we have now about 108 inches, the record number were set in the 1873 at 122 inches of snow. My locate is further north, receiving higher snowfall counts.

New Hampshire Weather, Manchester New Hampshire Weather & Forecast - WMUR New Hampshire's Channel 9

Record breaking?

As of yesterday, we were at 102.2" of snowfall. That had us in 2nd place for highest snowfall in a winter season since 1900 and only the third time we've reached 100" since 1900.
How about ALL TIME? For that, yesterday we were in 8th place, as of this morning, at LEAST 6" of snow has fallen in Concord (at the time of this writing), so that puts us into 6th place all-time... we'll get the "official" measurements and update them on this page later today.

1) 1873-74 122.0"

2) 1872-73 115.0"

3) 1995-96 113.2"

4) 1886-87* 111.0"

5) 1887-88* 111.0"

6) 1898-99 103.2"

7) 1874-75 103.0"

8) 2007-08 102.2" (Not including today's snow, pending official meausurement)

*As an aside, many people have asked us why the state records we talk about are in Concord? Well, aside from it being the State Capitol, it is the only place that continous and professionally taken measurements have been made that date back as far as official records have been kept for weather. This is also the only spot where the National Weather Service pays professionals to take the measurements, so it's assured that they will always be taken, as opposed to the volunteer measurements that come in sporatically around the rest of New Hampshire... by the way, we really appreciate your measurements you send in to us!


gaboatman said...

I do hope you were able to get out at some point to replenish your supply of feed for the turkeys.  I know how it feels to feed birds in the winter regularly and unexpectedly run out just as rough weather moves in.  I'm glad you are enjoying your 28 up there in New hampshire.  They are a handsome group, LOL.

cmishvicki said...

Betty, good luck getting out for more turkey feed. WOW--I can't imagine having that much snow in a 5 year period. It's mind blowing that you've had it all in one year. Good luck digging out, again!

radar446 said...

HOLY CRAP that's a lot of snow!!!  See you are getting better and better with the turkeys.


buggieboo1 said...

wow that is a lot of snow! I don't think we even got 12 inches yet this year!

~~~Make it a Great Day~~~

pharmolo said...

More than 8 feet of snow, I just can't get over it, Betty