The ice is still “in” as of 4/19. Perhaps, half the lake is free of ice but to get rid of it will require having more sun, warm temperatures and probably some wind. None of those things are in the forecast for the next few days. While it may change in the next day or so, it looks like Crownrock will win as it looks like ice out will be late. Very strange given the warmth in February and early March.
There is open water that goes from Cate Island to Sunset Point. There is a large area of open water in the western part but the eastern part is still mostly iced over. Will keep doing updates.
Well the ice isn’t out — not really even close as of April 5. A week ago one bore hole indicated 16 inches of ice. Yes on the south facing shores, there is melting but it isn’t close to going out. There are some larger areas of open water and while it supposed to be in the 50’s today and tomorrow, it will stay in the 30’s on Sunday.
Yes, there is a warm-up scheduled for next week. There are signs of Spring, however, as the Wood Duck Drake is back with his lady friend. Still walking on ice, however.
For those swimming enthusiasts, the rock by the sand bar on Stamp Act is now free of ice. You can jump off the rock into the water. The only problem is that getting there is a bit “iffy.”
There has been quite a bit if “graying” of the ice and it is getting more rotten. While is was possible to walk on it a week ago (taking self rescue gear), going out now is a lot riskier.
You won’t be seeing any more pictures taken from the middle of the lake until kayaking is possible.
The picture at left looks toward Mt. Shaw and the area east of Stamp Act Island. The gray ice has expanded from near Cate Island almost to the Second Ledge.
The view, below right, from Red Brook Circle taken last week is much the same as it is in mid winter. Some melting shows the grass on the shore but the lake ice is still very much in place.
In February, there was lots of warm weather and it seemed like it was going to be an early ice out but the second half of March and early April have been cold. Today, the high temperature was around 34 and there was a 20 mph northwest wind. Not a day for sun bathing at the beach.
Below are the guesses and the ice outs of previous years……
|Ice Out 2018||name||Month||Date||Time (24 hr)|
|Early March||Fred Dolce||March||2||11:00|
|Middle March||Bob Oldham||March||13||6:00|
|Late March||Debbie Bayne||March||21||16:00|
|Early April||Becky Arnold||April||1||14:00|
|Middle April||Dan Ross||April||13||13:30|
|Late April||Randy Hendler||April||21||11:30|
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
2014 Apr. 19 3:00 PM
2015 Apr. 20 7:45 PM
2016 March 18 9:00 AM
2017 Apr. 16 7:00 PM