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Ice-out 2010
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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.

The Ice is out!  Official ice out was declared on 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 24th.

March, 25th, 2010
The ice is out.  The earliest ice out on record.  Be apart of history and get out there today. 

March 24th, 2010
All is clear. Just waiting for the good word. 

March 23rd, 2010
The ice is gone from the bay.  The hard rain and wind washed the thin layer right up onto the beach.  The broads are clear.  Could this be the first March Ice out since the Truman Administration?  March 28th 1921 is the earliest on record.  Could it go out before then? 

March 22nd, 2010
The broads are still icy, but buckling.  There is large area of open water around long island and into Braun Bay. 

March 20, 2010
Welcome Spring.  . 

March 19th, 2010
The ice is receding rapidly, and look how dark.  For those who believe in the "Lily Pond Rule" (ice on the big lake goes out 2 weeks after Lily Pond), Lily was 80 percent out at noon and should be gone by late today or tomorrow.  Ice out April 1st?

March 17, 2010
This is almost too good to be true. 

March 16th, 2010
Absolutely beautiful today.  55 degrees.  A great day for a boat ride.  Fisherman take notice: The Marina still has plenty of ice, so navigating to the end of the gas dock is not yet possible. 

March 15, 2010
It is breaking up in the Marina.  Forecast looks too good to be true.  Stay tuned. 

March 13, 2010
The water temperature has spiked to 39 degrees. 

March 12, 2010
It is mild again today.  Still thinking of a March Ice out?  Perhaps.  But before you call your marina to splash your boat, check out what the lake looked like at this time in 2002 when we had an April 5th Ice-out:


March 11, 2010
No sun, no wind, no rain.  Not much to beat that ice down, except the 50 degree temperature. 

March 10, 2010
We dipped into freezing temperatures last night.  It almost felt like winter.  A minor setback.  The warm sun is beating down hard on the ice.  The ice is 50 to 70 feet of the beach.  All the bob houses are gone.  Warm rain on the horizon.  March ice-out is looking better all the time.  Stay tuned. 

March 9, 2010
It is getting dark

March 8, 2010

It is early, and living in New England my whole life I should know better, but what the heck, let's start talking about ice-out.  I have seen more snow in April than we have gotten so far this year, so this could be a long road, but here is what it looked like on Friday:

March 5, 2010 

This winter, like most NH winters was an interesting one.  We had a good freeze- up to 18 inches.  What led to this rapid melt was the lack of snow.  With this recent thaw, the ice has had nothing to hide under and the ice today is down to 6 inches, and a porous 6 inches at that.  The ice is already starting to move, so unless we get a big freeze or a big blanket of snow, the ice is going very early.   The only time it was worth it to take pictures this early was in 2002 when we barely had "ice in", and in 2006 when the freeze was minimal.  Check out comparable photos from those years and follow the ending ice out dates. 

March 6, 2006     March 4, 2002

2006 had open water at his point and ice went out in April 3 (Ice out 2006).  2002 had even more open water and that did not go out until the 5th (Ice-out 2002).  Could this be the first time Ice goes out in March since 1946?  The Old Man of the Lake thinks that anyone who bets on March is a Fool.  He went on record for April 1.