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Ice Out Contest Status 4.4.17

I thought there would be a winner to announce in the Ice Out Contest by now.  Thought I’d best offer a contest status update.  This is one strange spring for ice conditions.  Starting Sunday, I assumed the ice would be out within the next 24 hours at the outside.  Nope.  Still have a slab probably a mile long by 3-500 yards wide hanging in there.

Ice condition Monday evening 4.3.17 around 7:00PM

Very cool ice crystals that have formed.

Ice Crystals Formed on the Surface
Slab still floating as of 4.4.17 around 9:00 AM

The lack of wind has really slowed the thawing process down.  Wind will push the ice around toward shore forcing it to break up.  Without that wind, it just sits on the lake like a big puddle of slush.  And that’s exactly what we’re seeing happen

I’d say I expect it to be gone later this afternoon or evening, but I’ve been saying that for the last 3 days!!!  In my book, Fall is official on Labor Day when the resorts start closing and the official start of Winter is when the lake freezes over.  Summer starts Memorial Day weekend with the opening of tourist season and  Spring is officially here when the ice goes out.  So, we wait.

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2017 Annual Ice Out Contest!

Yup, it’s that time of the year once again!!!  Time for the 2017 Annual Ice Out Contest!  That may not be a big deal for most of you, but if you live in this part of the country, it’s a signal that we’ve survived another winter and spring may come once again.

Rather bleak, no?

So for those of you that aren’t familiar with an Ice Out Contest, it’s pretty simple.  Just place your best guess when we’ll see the ice go out on our local lake.  If you want to do some research, go back and read the outcome of the previous contests right here on the blog or search the average ice out dates in Minnesota.

Once you’ve got your research done, post a reply to this post with your best guess.  Remember to post

  1. Month/Day/Year
  2. TIME in CST
  3. Entries will be accepted until 8:00 AM CST ~ Friday, 3/24/17.

maybe something like,  March 30, 2017  4:35AM CST  Nothin’ to it!

A few tips for this year.  Like last year, it’s been a pretty mild winter and we’re starting to see some of the small streams starting to open up.  Eagles, Geese and Swans are coming back in large numbers which tells me there’s a fair amount of open water already.  The temperatures are supposed to be getting into the 50’s this weekend with pretty mild temperatures for the near future.  Best I’ve got to offer!

So what if you actually win this contest?  What do you get?  Hmmmmm… let me think about it for a day or two.  Maybe let you know what the winner will get in the Friday Update.  Promise it’ll be worth the effort to make an entry.

Get to doing your research and let the games begin!!!!