Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2021 Ice-Out: April 4 — 14th Joint Earliest On Record; Even Earlier Than Last Year.
Ice Out 1999 to 2021.
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.
Search ‘Winni‘ & ‘ice‘.
The IV I installed last week is working remarkably well — even though we had 3-days of below-freezing temps. Yes, the IV froze but there was enough room for expansion & it did NOT split. I was glad.
I didn’t do anything the last few days because of the frigid temperatures. The tree was essentially dormant.
But, today, the temps. finally changed. We were in the 50s (F). Per the weather forecast we are not expecting any below freezing temps for the next 10-days. So, I installed 3 additional feeding pipes. Simpler. Not IVs. They have ‘tree trunk’ nurients.
I also give this tree the BEST POSSIBLE natural fertilizer each night. Twice a night. I pee on it. Look it up. Has concentrated Potassium, Nitrogen & Phosphates. That is what the best fertilizers contain. I kind of knew this. Checked on it the other day. I am doing the right thing. I am doing the BEST thing. SMILE. I am also saving water.
Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.
Click pictures to ENLARGE.
Attribution WILL be enforced.
I think that I MUST have seen this phenomenon before, BUT I can’t honestly remember. There was lots of it in this one area. I took these pictures. I then had to use Google LENS to look it up. Neat.
Yes, the explanation makes sense. He have been in the 50Fs the last few days, BUT this morning the temperature was below freezing. So, BINGO. Neat. Really pretty. I had to break some to make sure it was indeed ice. It was on a trail that is rarely used by anyone but I. So, I was NOT harming anybody else’s enjoyment.
Enjoy. ICE NEEDLES.
I put in more bolts & clamps too.
I was thinking of trying to make my own IV. Then I decided to look in Amazon. I was NOT disappointed.
It was difficult to do much during the middle of winter. I buried all of the wound in a huge pile of snow & ice. Last week that all melted. When the tree was pliable again I went & got some bolts & a clamp. Getting the alignment just spot on got messed up in the winter. It was all frozen, solid, unforgiving & unbending.
I wanted to be able to give it nutrients. So, this is what I am trying. Wish me luck.
Saw it by accident. Hadn’t gone looking for any sprouts. Thought it was too early. We still had a snow covering just a few days ago.
This is a bank, in the yard, that gets a fair amount of afternoon sun. The crocuses here flower earlier than others most every year.
After I saw this one I went looking. Just this solitary crocus.
So, 4-days later than last year, BUT unlike last year, no snow on the ground, at all, at all.
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He had to have made these two BIG holes within the last 24-hours.
This tree is on our road, about 1/8-mile from our house. I walk by it at least 3 times a day — WITHOUT fail. This morning as I approached it I noticed the wood shavings on the snow. You couldn’t miss it — as you can see from the above picture. My first thought was beavers — though this is not near water, & the tree is too big. Then I looked up. WOW.
We have a LOT of woodpeckers around here. We can always hear them, year around, tap, tap, tapping away. They also come to our birdfeeders. We have BIG ones 6″ or 7″ inches in height & lots of smaller ones. I assume this had to have been a big one. This tree, like most around here, has old woodpecker holes. But, this was SO neat. Makes you humble.
NO. Not I. Don’t know them. School kids. Joys of remote schooling during COVID.
Cracked me up.
DANGEROUS, but clever.
I would have PREFERRED if the rider had NOT kept his leg out, as he rode — hopefully to ‘break the fall’. My fear was that if the bike did slip, sideways, and he fell, he would break his leg.
They were having fun. They covered a fair amount of lake & I did NOT see them fall. That was good.
This is CLASSIC New Hampshire.
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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.
Having A Woodpecker Visit You On New Year’s Day Is Supposed To Be Very Auspices (For OBVIOUS Reasons).
YOU do get it … right?
Woodpecker? Yes? No?
Just take my word. It does NOT get any better than this. Made my day.
Yes, this is my personal, OFFICE bird feeder, 45′ off the ground, 5′ from my right hand … as I type.
Yes, I have TWO (2) hula-hoop girls on my windowsill. Don’t YOU?
Search ‘bird feeders’.