Thereís a chance ice-off could set another record
Is it too early to start talking about when the ice will come of Lake Minnewaska?
I realize that we are just getting some spring-like weather right now, but itís March and spring is coming.
Last year was a record-setting year for the latest ice-off on Lake Minnewaska since such things were recorded starting in 1906. So, to shatter last yearís record, the ice must remain on the lake until after May 11.
With some anglers telling me there is 44 to 48 inches of ice still covering the lake, it seems that we will need some very warm temperatures for the rest of March to make sure the lake opens at its usual time in mid-April.
There are those optimists who believe we will see the ice come off the lake by the end of April. Iím just not sure. It would be a welcome sight, but Iím certainly not betting much on that at this point.
For those who love to watch such things, in the coming weeks we will publish the record of ice-off dates for Minnewaska from 1906 through 2013.
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Readers are probably tired of hearing about what some call the ďworst winter on record.Ē That news or non-news has been all over every news outlet in the past few weeks. Nevertheless, temperatures will hit 50 today and thankfully, we can put this one behind us.
The Tribune building joined more than 40 other homes or facilities that are forced to run water to keep pipes from freezing. Our waterline froze up last Monday. Workers at Rapid Response Plumbing Heathing and Air did what they could and now we are running water until the frost goes out of the ground. There are reports that the frost has reached as deep as seven to seven and a half feet deep. Thatís unusual, but then, so are 50 days of below zero tempeartures.
Maybe we will have to start recording when the front comes out of the ground. Letís hope the ground thaws in April.