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Warm temps good and bad

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The unseasonable warm temps are good news for area goose hunters, the cold snap can't come soon enough.

Even though the warmth is welcomed by many those in the fields are waiting for that cold snap.  "It was a nice day to be out there but unfortunately we need some colder weather to have the hunting success a little better," said Goose Hunting Guide Brian Roeker.  Roeker has been guiding Rochester goose hunts with Premier Flight for nearly a decade, always keeping an eye to the sky.

"It was pretty slow," he said.  "They all came out at once because they sat on the grass all day."

The warm temperatures keep the geese grounded because they don't feel the need start migrating if it's not cold out.  Even so the day wasn't a complete waste.
"We had three that came out pretty high but they were squawking," explained Roeker.  "They swung around the back of us and by the time we got up their to shoot they were getting out there a little ways.  But we managed to get one."

Roeker hopes the cool-down comes quick, but that might not be the case.
"This year we're seeing pretty similar numbers," said KTTC Meteorologist Jonathan Kegges.  "And actually when you compare it to last year these numbers are actually a bit warmer."

Kegges has been scanning the trend.

"It looks like we are going to have record temperatures on the warm side as we head into Wednesday and the Thanksgiving holiday.  Things are going to continue to stay warm until we cross the last week of November into December," he said.

Which is good news for those late night shoppers or Thanksgiving commuters, but for outdoorsmen... they'll just have to wait a little longer.

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