That Lake Winnipesaukee Is Supposedly Still Not Frozen Solid, i.e., Total Ice-In, Seems Incongruous and Slightly Worrying.
by Anura Guruge
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I thought I had written about this before, but I can’t find it!
So, I am doing this from memory, which as I get older, is not as good as it once was.
I think, prior to this year, going back to when reliable, written records started to be maintained, there have only been two known instances when Lake Winnipesaukee did NOT totally freeze over.
Both of those occurred since I have been on or around the Lake — and I can most assuredly vouch that this has nothing to do with me. Honest.
Bugs me that I can’t remember the exact years but I think I can work them out.
The second time was the winter of 2000 – 2001. I think the other time was 2 years earlier. Does anybody have the exact dates — PLEASE.
Both times I was living, on the water, in Gilford, on Varney Point.
The second time, I distinctly remember walking with Ulysses, who was then a puppy, more than once, across Sa(u)nders Bay, towards ‘The Witches’, as shown below. There was open water around where I have marked. Essentially there was one big ice floe on Saunders Bay — the one that I would walk across from my house. Here was the NEAT THING. Once you got to the edge of that flow, you could ROCK IT! Cool.
Yes, I have fallen through the ice into Lake Winnipesaukee! I have fallen in more than once. Actually I have fallen in 5 times. No, no, that doesn’t explain the the apparent brain damage. I was never totally submerged. As I keep on pointing out, I am, and never have been, totally stupid — just partially stupid. Having lived ‘on’ N.H. lakes for 16 years I do know my ice and the risk I take. All 5 times were close to shore and I knew that I had a chance of going through. It was mainly due to thin ice due to bubblers. It was a chance I took. I knew how deep the water was. So I have only gone down up to my waist. Easy enough to crawl back — change clothes and go back. << All five times were pre-Deanna. She would brain me if I fell in, even if it was in shallow waters! >>
Walking on the floe was fine. Once I got past the bubblers, including mine, I was on thick ice until you got the edge — and the open water.
But, that is all history.
This has been a cold winter. Ice was thick enough, a few weeks ago, for planes to land on Alton Bay. So, why do we have a open spot on the Broads? Puzzling? I wonder if anybody has done any scientific investigations. Do we have a leak into the Broads — from shore?
I might have to go for walk. Haven’t walked across Winni in years. Just this Sunday we walked about a mile and a half across Halfmoon. Different lake. Frozen tight — though there appears to have been very little activity on it, unusually, this Winter. Yes, I will post some pictures soon.