Going fast. 60% or more of the lake is free of ice. Hard to get pictures to show what is happening…. Might go out in a day or so.
Even with the clouds today, the sun is strong and has come through to do more melting. Saturday is supposed to have winds and be sunny. This will make the surface water move with the wind and draw up 40 degree water to the surface to melt more ice. It will also blow the present ice around and break it up. While I thought we might go to May 1, I don’t think so.
While recently, it has been cool and freezing at night, the previous warm temperatures and strong winds caused a lot of melting. The edges started melting and then those areas expanded. Rain also caused snow melt and high water in the streams so that there is open water around their mouths. On April 8th, the shore looked like this.
As is typical of the ice as it is getting weaker, breaks form in it and so a crack formed leading from Point of Pines out toward Stamp Act. This is not the type of “open” water that you should paddle your kayak in because it could close up and lock you in with few good options for escape.
Now there is quite a bit of open water and with the blue sky, it is blue…..
The ice has blown ice up onto the beaches making interesting patterns. Below is the crack in the ice that has widened and under the blue sky is blue like the summer water. Oh, it is a bit cooler, about 32 degrees……
As for the Ice Watch, it is still going on and with the cold weather forecast for a few days, it will be a few more days at least. Below are the guesses and also the past ice out dates.
Previous Ice Out Dates:
2005 Apr. 17 5:30 PM
2006 Apr. 1 12:00 PM
2007 Apr. 23 6:00 AM
2008 Apr. 23 8:00 AM
2009 Apr. 12 6:00 AM
2010 Mar. 23 3:00 PM
2011 Apr. 20 2:30 PM
2012 March 22 12:00 PM
2013 Apr. 14 3:15 PM