Ice Out Is Coming -Update

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.IMG_6544

Not much going on and still little melting around the edges. April 15th, things were different with lots of open water near shore. IMG_6545

The mouth of Townsend Brook was very free of ice and it was only 10 days before that you could ski across it.IMG_6546

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.IMG_6547

The white line is actually the open water.IMG_6552

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.


Lee April 3 16:00
Ryan Arnold April 8 15:00
Rubka888 April 10 12:00
Triggs2 April 13 13:30
Heading4thelake April 15 16:00
nowindshield April 17 13:00
Katie April 17 14:30
Rich April 18 13:00
Fernald1 April 19 12:00
Islandboy April 20 14:00
popis2 April 20 12:00
Bill Durfee April 21 11:00
dwr13 April 21 15:30
Crosleyc April 22 11:30
citykid April 23 13:00
Islander April 24 14:30
Lakelady April 24 15:00
66 pop April 25 10:30
ablodget April 25 15:00
skiff April 27 10:00
Sheaknh April 28 14:00
Wendy Limle May 1 10:00

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

1 Comment

  1. drjay41

    the ice is just about out on the east side of the lake, due to strong wind today, I can still see ice across the lake to the west, it won’t be there long.

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