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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2021 Ice-Out: April 4 — 14th Joint Earliest On Record; Even Earlier Than Last Year.

by Anura Guruge


Ice Out 1999 to 2021.

Click to ENLARGE. Ice-out dates since 1999. Last column indicates # days into the year; i.e., days since January 1 of that year.

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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
This year was NOT a LEAP YEAR.
So, April 5 this year,
in terms of days since Jan. 1,
is 94. If it had been a Leap Year
it would have been day #95.


Pretty amazing. Even earlier than last year — by two days. Coincidentally, it was again on a Monday. Monday’s, of late, have become a good day for ice-outs.

I had NOT expected this year to be this soon given that it was a COLD winter.

But, I know WHY we got this early date. WINDS. WINDS. WINDS. It has been a WINDY year. Last week we had unusually high winds. That is what broke up the ice.


Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.


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First Walk On Lake This Winter — & It Was Pretty Cool.

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Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire. I am sure this is the earliest I have ever walked on it. To make it more interesting, it was VIRGIN snow. No snowmobile tracks on the main body of the lake. There was not even any animal prints once I moved away from our beach. Yes, someone had drawn a BIG heart by the beach — the bottom left picture (above).

I am leery when there are no snowmobile tracks. My logical is simple but impeccable. If the ice can support the weight of a snowmobile, I am all set.

But, as you can see from the GPS track, way up at the top, I did NOT venture too far from the shores. It is shallow close to the shore. So, if I fell in, I would only go as far as my waist. I can deal with that. Fallen through the ice 5-times before. SMILE.


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A Visual Oxymoron.

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That is ICE.

Why we have a dirt road in rural New Hampshire called ‘Africa Road’ has ever confounded I. Yes, it is a pretty rough & rugged road/trail … But, ‘Africa’?

Having icicles hanging off it, is CUTE.


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Today’s Ice & Snow.

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It was a Goldilocks storm! Just the right level of both ice & snow. Not enough to cause any damage & necessitate much shovelling, but plenty enough to create an enchanting landscape. It was pretty. Then a couple of hours later it warmed up & was all gone!


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2020 Ice-Out: April 6 — 15th Joint Earliest On Record.

by Anura Guruge


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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
This year was a LEAP YEAR.
So, April 6 this year,
in terms of days since Jan. 1,
is 96 — same as April 7
for a non-Leap Year.



Ice Out 1992 to 2019.

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So, this was EARLIEST since 2016.

Much earlier than the last two years.


Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.


Pretty early, but given the noticeably mild winter it was to be expected.

Not as early as 2016, 2012 or 2010. But, nonetheless, early.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — March 19, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

ice Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4


The also rans:







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Making Tracks On Virgin Snow Across A Frozen Pond In Alton, N.H. — Temp. -12C (10F).

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Today.


So, why didn’t I walk all the way to the island? Good question. That, of course, was the plan. Explore the island. I have never been to it — Summer or Winter. This is not a pond that I have explored though I drive or walk by it often. It is in Town — not close to home and my daily hikes. This was the first time I had ventured onto it. As you can see there were no other tracks since the snowstorm 3-days ago. That makes me cautious. Don’t want to fall through the ice again. There is a river on the other side of the road and I wasn’t sure if there was any moving water below the ice. Moving water isn’t good. Well, as I got to the island I ran into mush — water above the ice. Not good. The ice was probably thick enough but I was not in the mood to get my feet wet. So, that is the full story.


The short hike across the pond was but a diversion on a longer walk — most of it close to water. I was waiting for somebody to finish some testing at school. So, I only had, at most, 1.5 hours. I was timing myself. Did good. Timed it to 5-minutes. It all worked out. She was ready to be picked up. I did close to 4-miles. I topped it up and got my 10K steps for the morning when we got home. Nice walk. I enjoyed it.


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I Have DRASTICALLY Cut Back On Wearing Knee Support Compression Sleeves.

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Prior posts on this blog.


I had my major knee surgery to reattach a completely busted quad tendon on March 7, 2019, i.e., roughly 11-months ago.

As soon as I was permitted to walk without crutches — i.e., after 6-weeks — I started a rigorous exercise regime which sees me walking around 7-8 miles a day. To start with I wore a proper brace on my damaged knee. After about 3 months of that I discovered compression sleeves.

I got HOOKED on them. And that was the CLUE.

I got hooked on them.

I wore them on both knees. They were super comfortable, provided great support and made both knees feel great. Pain was never a factor. I lucked out! I was pain free within 2-weeks of surgery. Great surgery and I am strange.

But, this got me thinking.

No gain without pain.

If it is too good to be true.

I think about these things.

Did some research. Yes, I could have continued wearing them, all the time, as I had done.

But, they were REDUCING the muscle & tendon strength I was gaining from all my exercise. Oh! I do 23-minutes on a stationary bike, most days too.

So, I have cut back on using the sleeves. Cut back quite dramatically.

Most days I don’t use them at all, at all. No problem so far. No pain. Knees haven’t buckled.

I do wear them if I conditions underfoot are bad. Want my knees supported if I fall.

So, that is the new regime. Hope this helps.

Do some research. Basically, it boils down to: “too much of a good thing“.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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I Walked Across A Very Frozen ‘Halfmoon Lake’ (N.H.) Today & It Was Pretty Cold At -12C (10F).

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Today.


Last ‘Week’ (Jan. 8, 2020)


Our lake, ‘Halfmoon Lake‘ in Central New Hampshire, is frozen solid (bar a few spots where there is still some running water coming in, under the ice, from brooks).

Today, for the first time, I saw a motorized vehicle on the lake — a 4-wheeler. That is always good as far as I am concerned. If the ice can support the weight of a vehicle it should be able to handle my 146 lbs (66 Kg).

It was cold today. It was 8F (-13C) when I left the house. But, 8F was a few degrees above my 5F cut-off, plus I really needed to get a walk in. I had had two days off — one because it really was below 5F.

Despite what folks often think, I am not as stupid as I look & act. SMILE. There is method to my madness. At 66 I am NOT going to take too many chances with cold weather. Plus, we had some stuff to do this afternoon. So, I kept my walk short, i.e., less than 4 miles. I knew I would be doing some more walking later in the day and that I would be easily exceeding my 10K step goal (and I did by 4pm).

It was bracing. The sun was out. It was still. No wind. There was an ice fisherman. That was about it. He and I on the Lake — or on that side of the lake.

I was happy.


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I Was More Adventurous Today On My Quick Hike Across Frozen Halfmoon Lake In In Central New Hampshire.

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Today.


Yesterday.


I was more confident of the ice conditions today than I was yesterday.

Still NO snowmobile tracks and that is what I typically use to gauge the safety of the ice.

But, I was more adventurous today. Plus, I didn’t have as much time. I had already walked 2.5 miles BEFORE I got to the Lake and distance = time and I am always in short-supply of the later.

So, on the way back I cut across the Lake rather than taking the longer router hugging the shoreline. It was fun. Dogs loved it.

Pretty soon I will he heading straight out — like an arrow. You wait and see. SMILE.


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