Weather Conditions & Morels

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     Weather is a very important part of finding Morels. If you are having a very dry spring, you may be lucky to find any at all.  Morels like a cold-snap, after it has been warm for a short while. They also like lots of moisture. A prime situation would be a few days of warm weather, such as 70's during the day, and 50's at night, then a sharp cold snap, not freezing though, followed by lots of rain, then a warm-up. The initial warm days will start them going, the cold snap and moisture will keep them growing slowly, and the warm-up will make the fruits explode!(pop-up everywhere).

     Morels do not like a sudden rise of temperatures. A slow, progressive spring is best with lots of rain. Usually, once you have had a heat- spell, such as above 83 degrees for more than 5 days in a row, the season is over. I have seen a season extended over 2 weeks longer than normal simply because there was a great deal of rain, and it never reached 80 degrees the whole spring.