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.
This is the second e-mail invitation I have received from ‘Mass General’.
Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston (OCB), where I got my cataract surgeries, are a part of ‘Mass General’. I have to believe that this is why I got these two e-mails. So, I qualify as a Mass General patient through OCB. Cool.
But, today I read the 2nd e-mail (shown above). It would appear that I am NOT qualified since I am a NH resident. So, not sure HOW this would have worked.
Now, they DO know where I live. Trust me, they know where I live.
Hhhmmmm. I have to think about this. Not impressed.
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.
Search ‘Our Yard’.
I kind of expected that it would be a ‘zoo’, i.e., ‘not well organized‘, & I wasn’t far wrong.
I had a 12:20pm appointment. I drove in & got in line sharp at 12:00. (I was in Loudon at 11:45. I could have got in line earlier IF I knew that there was ‘no system’ & that it was a free-for-all.)
They directed me to one of three lanes; I happened to get ‘Lane 1’.
Then I waited & waited & waited.
Luckily they had the foresight to provide porta potties every 400-yards or so.
They did NOT put you in lane CHRONOLOGICALLY by appointment time. So, it was ‘just get in line’. After an hour there was some interaction. Most of the folks around I had 12:00 appointments. A couple 12:20 — like I. So, no prioritization. We were all lumped together.
In the end I discovered that there were not 3 BUT 6 LANES!
All of the delay — 3-hours worth — was merging those 6 lanes into one.
In my case, that happened at 3pm. 3-hours, coincidentally, since I got in line. Once it was down to 1-lane we moved quickly.
I was at the ‘pen’ within 10-minutes.
A ‘RN’ asked me the now routine COVID & vaccination stuff. They did NOT take my temperature.
An old, BUT still practising pediatrician, gave me my shot. Painless. But, then again, he told me that he thinks that over his lifetime I has done over 9-million vaccinations.
I took a stash of chocolates that I handed out. That was a hit.
I Got The Single-Dose, J&J COVID Vaccination TODAY, at 3:13pm — In New Hampshire; I Am All Set (SMILE).
Well, well, well. I got my COVID vaccination at 3:13pm, today, at the ‘NH Motor Speedway’ Mass Vaccination Clinic.
They were only administering the newly approved, single-dose J&J vaccine. Yes, I know that it is NOT ‘the best’ — but that is OK. Being non-white it is unlikely that I would have qualified for anything else. Beggars (i.e., non-whites like I) can’t be choosers.
Funny. I did NOT see a SINGLE non-white at the whole MASS event — during my 4-hours there.
From what I saw I was the ONLY non-white — & the only one that was handing out (my appreciated) chocolates. SMILE.
It was a ZOO.
I was in the car for a total of 4-hours, including the mandatory 15-minute observation period. (Some folks were flagged for 30-minutes. Not sure why.)
My appointment was at 12:20pm.
I got my shot, from an OLD but still practicing pediatrician, at 3:13pm. So, just under 3-hours AFTER my appointment!
No pain. Did NOT feel a thing. The doctor did say, that as a pediatrician, he has done over 9 million ‘shots’ during his tenure. He was good.
No side effects. No headaches. No nausea. And no pain in the arm — at least of now. SMILE.
Well, as is my wont, I set off for my brisk, 1-mile, 11pm after-dinner constitution — accompanied (as of late) by Braxton, off-leash — around 10:50pm. It was dry when I left the house. Then it just burst forth. A mini-blizzard. Whiteout conditions. I was glad that I was NOT driving. I was only out, max, for 25-minutes. See how much snow I accumulated. It was ‘fun’. Certainly was an experience.