Ice-out 2015
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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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"Ice-Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee was declared on
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Great photos of the last chunks of ice:

April 22, 2015  (Wide View)
This is more like it! No ice is sight. The broads are clear. No ice out yet. 

April 21, 2015  (Wide View)
Goodbye, Ice.  I wish I could say you'll be missed.  No ice-out yet.  Look for floating slush bank toward Timber Island. 

April 20, 2015 (Wide View)
The ice is drifting around in chunks.  Look for the big stretch of open water toward Timber Island.  

April 18th, 2015 (Wide View)
Boats are in the water!


April 17, 2015 (Wide View)
Just enough open water for a nice, lazy, shoreline cruise. 

April 16, 2015 (Wide View)
It is getting slushy.  Look for the wind to start to push it around.  . 

April 15, 2015 (Wide View)
The ice is getting dark.  A sure sign of imminent death. 

April 14, 2015 (Wide View)
Get excited.  The lake might actually melt this year!  It looks like we are 3-5 days behind last years melt (ice-out April 23rd).

April 13, 2015 (Wide View)
Change is good. 

April 11, 2015   (Wide View)
Front view: not much to look at.  But take a look in the rearview mirror:

Now that is a welcome sight.  Boats will go into the water shortly. They won't be able to go anywhere.  But that's nitpicking. 

April 10, 2015 (Wide View)
Rain, fog and warmer temps.  Spring is finally here.  50's, 60's and 70's on tap for the next week.  It's been memorable, but it is time to say goodbye to this block of ice. 

April 9, 2015 (Wide View)
Serioiusly.  You didn't think winter was over, did you?  Another 2 inches of snow (just a little salt into the wound left by the winter from hell).  

April 8, 2015 (Wide View)
Hmmm.  It is hard to get too excited with the progress so far.  If you look really, really, really close you can see it darkening.  Snow tonight won't help.  For visual evidence that there is any actual melting, you might have to wait until Monday. 

April 7, 2015 (Wide-view)
No monumental gain yesterday.  But gray skies are going to clear up (put on a happy face?) Temp may hit 60 Sunday. 

April 6, 2015  (Wide-view)
Looking to shake this "It is still March" feeling. The weather is not helping.  Rain tonight might do some damage to this glacier.  Click on "wide-view" for a more detailed picture. 

April 5, 2015
Happy Easter!

April 4, 2015
Cold today.  But a good melt with last night's rain and today's wind.  Don't forget, last years brutal winter had people talking about a May Ice-out.  Actual ice out: a very reasonable April 23rd. 

Welcome Back!
The big joke going around the lake is the projected July Ice-out.  Not funny.  It just rings true enough to crush the most minuscule hope that spring might actually arrive.  Here is some advice for the many presidential candidates scouring the New Hampshire countryside: don't even mention Global Warming.  Nobody in these parts is buying it.  Now if someone starts talking global cooling, that is a cause that will get the locals out of their chairs. 

Here is what is working against us: New Hampshire  had its second coldest February on record (coolest since 1934), and it's second coldest March on record.  This spring has been one of the latest dates ever to hit 60 degrees.  Ice readings around the lake reached 32 inches thick.

Here is what is working for us: A May Ice-out is rare.  The coldest February on Record had an April Ice-out, as did the coldest March on Record.  In the last 74 years there has been only 3 May Ice-outs. 

So what's all this talk about a late Ice-out?  It is actually all about April. A normal April will give way to a normal Ice-out (late April).  A cold April may push it out into May (The coldest April on record also had the latest Ice-out: May 12th, 1893).  So put the memories of this hellish winter behind you and pray for a mild April.  60 degrees today, so we are off to a good start!  

Here is what the ice looks like today:
April 3, 2015


Here is what the ice looked like a year ago today:
April 3, 2014

Here is what it looked like on this day the last time the ice went out in May:
April 7, 2001

It looks like we are slightly ahead of last year (April 23rd Ice-out) and clearly ahead of 2001.  The Old Man of the Lake says, "May Ice-outs are so 1890.  April is where all the action happens.  Look down your calendar and pick a high number.  There's your ice-out.  I will go the hook for April 24th. You can bet your boat on it." 

Here is what the ice looked like on this day from 2013 to 2010. 

April 3rd, 2013

March 23rd, 2012

April 5, 2011

March, 25th, 2010