Tucson sportsmen are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Santa Cruz Sand Trout fishing season. Fishing can’t begin until the ice breaks on the Santa Cruz river. When it does, the fish emerge and anglers can net the tasty morsels.
Conditions are right when Tucson’s temperature first hits 100 degrees.
The date and time of this event varies widely from year to year. Last year’s icebreak was relatively early: April 22 at 1:51 PM. The latest icebreak on record was June 6, 1985 at 12:59 PM.
In the years from 1983 to 2012 Icebreak came 15 times on May 19 or before; and 15 times icebreak came on May 19th or later. Four times in the era, from 1983 to 2012, May 11 was our first 100 degree day.
Care to make a guess? Leave yours in the comments section. The Data Port will keep track and publish periodical updates.
Note: Look for the four leg-like fins that allow the Sand Trout to walk about once it emerges. Is this adaptation the result of climate change? Another topic for debate.