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Old 03-09-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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Late ice-out?

It's been a cold winter, any reports on ice thickness or predictions on ice out? Might be a late one.

Pic from Long Lake, early May last year right after ice out:

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Old 03-09-2014, 04:12 PM   #2
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I think you will have to specify location. IIRC lakes above 1500 feet were not so cooperative in early April last year.. I think it was May for some of the High Peak area lakes.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:33 PM   #3
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See my post in the Environmental Issues area. The best predictors are March and April min temperatures, followed by April snow cover. It's not looking good.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:49 PM   #4
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It's going to be like a "western" season this year. Cold but fishable streams early in the season (April) followed by stillwaters open end of April, early May. High, unfishable runoff streams until June.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:31 PM   #5
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any reports on ice thickness...
March 9, 2014


There is open water on mid-big lakes at elevations between 1800 and 2257.
The open water is in the form of polka dots, about eight inches in diameter.
If you have a small canoe...

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In between the polka dots the ice is averaging 16-20 inches at those elevations on the mid-big lakes, and thicker at the more northern latitudes.
At night, the polka dots freeze over, but in the mornings recently, you can usually break through them if your craft is small, sturdy, and pointy enough.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:20 AM   #6
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There is open water on mid-big lakes at elevations between 1800 and 2257.
The open water is in the form of polka dots, about eight inches in diameter.
If you have a small canoe...

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In between the polka dots the ice is averaging 16-20 inches at those elevations on the mid-big lakes, and thicker at the more northern latitudes.
At night, the polka dots freeze over, but in the mornings recently, you can usually break through them if your craft is small, sturdy, and pointy enough.




In the mornings beach furniture sometimes appears between the polka dots as well as the occasional strange motorized vehicle..often bearing a BBQ

A good predictor of ice out is when the little huts disappear as well as the vehicles and beach chairs.
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:25 PM   #7
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Take a guess

Join the fun. It's an annual event. There's not much else to do between winter and bug season:

http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise....html?nav=5008
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:00 PM   #8
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Drilled through 28" of excellent ice Saturday on Piseco Lake. A friend who was up on 4th Lake said still 34" of ice up there. Late ice out for sure.
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In the mornings beach furniture sometimes appears between the polka dots as well as the occasional strange motorized vehicle..often bearing a BBQ

A good predictor of ice out is when the little huts disappear as well as the vehicles and beach chairs.
That cracks me up!

We might as well laugh it up with 2 to 3 feet of rock solid ice and a polar vortex to get rid of.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:38 PM   #10
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We might as well laugh it up with 2 to 3 feet of rock solid ice and a polar vortex to get rid of.
Hopefully a tropics vortex will push the polar one back over to Russia soon.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:08 PM   #11
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A friend fished 4th lake on Saturday; told me the ice was "at least 16 inches...".
If he tells me he caught a 16-inch fish, am I to think it was at least 34 ?

Now he tells me "...the ice was as thick as the auger is long".

I made a stupid mistake. I believed a fisherman's measurements.
Sorry for the bad info.



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Old 03-10-2014, 07:06 PM   #12
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Vulcan may make for nice skiing and insulate that lake ice just fine..

Its augur time again!

Why is a storm named after the god of fire??

Has the staff at the Weather Channel gone nuts???
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:44 PM   #13
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I don't know about the ponds but I will still be walking on Lake George in April..
14 weeks straight on ice and see no reason I cant make 20
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:17 AM   #14
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24+ inches here too. going to be streams for me in April too.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:05 AM   #15
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Fingers crossed for easter weekend. Something'll have to be open by then!
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:59 PM   #16
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30-38 inches of ice in the Saranac Lake region. It will most def be late april before it thaws out. The fact it is clear ice strait through it will take longer to thaw.
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We have met a fitting end: Hell really has frozen over this time.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:42 PM   #18
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I like VT`s very accurate statement!!
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At least the black flies aren't biting!!


Sorry, cabin fever has dulled my humor to the point that I'm using kindergarten teacher like optimism to get me through to ice out.
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At least the black flies aren't biting!!


Sorry, cabin fever has dulled my humor to the point that I'm using kindergarten teacher like optimism to get me through to ice out.
No, they'll be comfortably sleeping under their fresh blanket of snow. Never fear, it should all melt by August.
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