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Ice-out 2012
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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 at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 23rd.

March 23rd, 2012
Another record ice out.  Be a part of history and get out on the water today!

March 21st, 2012
Just like that, it's gone.  The bay is clear.  No word on ice-out yet.  In 2010 the bay cleared on the 23rd of March and ice-out was declared the next day.  With today's record setting temperatures it should be declared today or tomorrow setting a new ice out record. 

March 21st, 2012
One thin strip left in the middle of the bay.  It will be gone by sundown. 

March 20th, 2012
It is in pieces.  There is a big strip of open water in the middle of the bay.  A good wind could make it all go away. 

March 19th, 2012
It is breaking apart.  70's again by Wednesday.  Bank on this Thursday through next Tuesday. 

March 18th, 2012
70 degrees.  Say goodbye to the ice. 

March 17th, 2012
Bob houses have been taken off or they have fallen through. 

March 16th, 2012
Rain expected today.  Excellent ice eater. 

 

March 15th, 2012
The ice is starting to pull away from the shore.  Could hit the 70's next week.  It looks like another record ice out this year. 

March 14th, 2012
Cooler and cloudy today.  There are some ice out adages like,  "The ice on the Big Lake  always goes out 2 weeks after Lilly Pond".  These are somewhat accurate during a normal winter.  But without the typical 20 inches of ice, the gap between the big lake and the small ponds is relatively close.  At this time, the small ponds still have ice.  It won't be long.  Keep watching. 

March 13th, 2012
A warm week on tap.  Warm water (39 degrees!)   This could go fast.  Did anyone notice the guy on the ATV from yesterdays shot?  He is back out there again today.  Will he be there tomorrow, or will he be on the bottom? 

March 12, 2012 
We set an ice out record  two years ago (March 24th).  It took 89 years to break the old record.  Could we break it again just 2 years later?  It is looking that way.  Before you call the marina to launch your boat, let's look at a little history:  Here is what the ice looked like around the same time in 2010:

March 10, 2010

Below is what it looked like in 2006 and 2002.  There was open water visible in both of these pictures, and the ice did not go out until April both years (April 3rd in 2006 and April 5th in 2002).  But that does not mean we will have to wait until April, or even the standing record.  2002 and 2006 had similar mild winters, but a cool March stalled the early ice out.  2010 had a colder winter and based on the forecast this week is going to have as warm a spring.  Verdict: warm winter and warm spring = early.  The Old Man of the Lake says, "No record.  Ice out March 27th.  You can bet your boat on it."

March 6, 2006     March 4, 2002