Boaters, Anglers Call Weather 'Tragic'

Boaters, Anglers Call Weather 'Tragic'

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The ducks are swimming near the village of Sackets Harbor, but there's not a single boat in sight.

For Watertown resident Ken Petroske, not being able to get out on the water and start fishing by this time of year is "tragic, it's absolutely tragic."

Petroske says the views are deceiving since the ice has finally melted on the bays of Lake Ontario. For fishermen like him, this winter has been hard to withstand.

"Not quite like this. This has been a bad one. It's really held on. It was snowing yesterday when I was up to the boat show in Clayton," he said.

Although it looks nice at Sackets Harbor, boaters will tell you it's just too cold to get out on the water. Climatologists say though that the jet stream is to blame.

"The main reason is we've just been in a situation where the jet stream pattern has allowed cooler Canadian air to just constantly funnel into the region. We kind of got stuck in this pattern," said Samantha Borisoff, climatologist at Cornell University.

So, how unusual is this? Climatologists say that's unclear, but it is unusual. For now, boaters and fishermen are just crossing their fingers in hopes that spring will finally come around so they can soon join the ducks out on the water.

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