Ice-out 2016
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Ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee is declared when the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship is able to reach all of its ports of call in Alton, Center Harbor, Meredith, Weirs Beach and Wolfeboro.

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The Ice is out!  "Ice-Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee was officially declared on
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

March 17, 2016  XL View
All clear here.  Meredith and Center Harbor are still iced in.  Water temperature is 40 degrees. 

March 16, 2016  XL View
Oh no!  It is back!  Some rouge ice must have drifted up from the shore.  No official ice-out yet. 

March 15, 2016    XL View
And just like's gone. No word of official ice-out yet.  Below is what it looked like on March 15th the last record setting ice-out (2012).
March 15, 2012


March 14, 2016  XL View
A few small ice cubes left in the big drink. 

March 13, 2016  XL View
Take one last long look.  This is it for the ice.  The bay should be cleared by tomorrow. 

March 12, 2016  XL View
There has never been an ice out in winter.  Spring is 8 days away.  This is going to be the year.

March 11, 2016  XL View
Blue skies and black ice.  The rain did some heavy damage last night.  Open water and a record ice-out on the horizon. 

March 10, 2016  XL View
The ice takes a nice long warm shower.  Remember, according to the calendar, it is still winter.  Tell that to the poor ice. . 

We set an ice out record  three years ago (March 23rd, 2012), and one two years before that (March 24th, 2010).  Could we break the record again for the third time in 6 years? (Before that date it took 89 years to break the old record!)  It is looking very probable.  The last two brutal winters are now a distant memory. Let's look at a little history:  Here is what the ice looked like on March 12, 2012 :
March 12, 2012
Notice the ATV out in the middle of the bay.  Eventual ice-out 11 days later. 

Here is what it looked like on March 10, 2010:
March 10, 2010
Eventual ice out 14 days later. 

 Here is what it looks like today, March 9th 2016:
March 09, 2016  XL View 
No ATV's out there today.  And if they were, they would be on the bottom.  Due to the late "ice-in", this ice is thin.  With temperatures primarily in the 50's over the next 10 days, this ice will soon be history.  The Old Man of the Lake is all in on another record ice-out.  He  says, "Last time the record was broken by one feeble day.  This time we will break it in style. One week earlier, March 16th.  You can bet your boat on it."