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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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by Anura Guruge


Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2019 Ice-Out Was Wednesday, April 24 — @ 5:24am.

by Anura Guruge


Prior instances when it was on April 24 (non-leap years)
and April 23 (leap years).


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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.



Ice Out 1992 to 2019.

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Vagaries of Ice Out 2000 to 2019.


So, it wasn’t April 22nd as most people had expected. It was two-day later.

But, it was 2-days earlier than last year.

Same as 2015.

2014 was one-day off, but was also on a Wednesday.

Nowhere close to being even close to ‘long’. Longest was 132-days (since Jan. 1) in 1888.

Also, not the shortest. SHORTEST was just 3-years ago. 2016. 77-days, March 18,


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] 2019 Ice-Out Expected To Be Monday, April 22.

by Anura Guruge


Prior instances when it was on April 22 (non-leap years)
and April 21 (leap years).

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I take LEAP YEARS into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 21 & April 22 are 111-days in From Jan. 1
depending on whether it was Leap Year or not.



Prevailing consensus is that it most likely will be April 22 in 2019. But, there could always be a pesky little floe floating around that could delay it by 12-, 24-, 36 or even 48-hours.

I am just going with the flow. 


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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] Ice-Out: Longest [i.e., Latest] Occurrences.

by Anura Guruge



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1964 was a LEAP YEAR and I take that into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, April 29 in a non-leap year is the SAME as April 28 in a Leap Year.



So, of course, we have had ice-outs as late as May 12 — albeit not of late. 

2018 [i.e., last year], on April 26, was pretty late. Don’t think it will be as late this year. But, I suspect we are still at least a good week away.


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The World’s First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier, The USS Enterprise, Was Launched This Day 57-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(CVN-65)


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Same Wikipedia as above.


It was — and still is — the LONGEST naval craft EVER BUILT!

That it still holds that record is amazing.



The ‘Big E’. I was 7-years old when this was launched. I think I remember hearing about it in Ceylon.

Was NOT the first nuclear-powered naval vessel. That was, of course, the USS Nautilus, launched 5-years earlier.

That the ‘Big-E’ still remains the longest naval vessel is worth thinking about.

Other thing interesting is that was the 6th USS Enterprise — superseding CV-6, an aircraft carrier too, that had served during WW II — up until 1947.


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Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H.: Spring 2015 Has Sprung, The Crocuses & The Green MGB Are Out.

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by Anura Guruge


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>> MGB: Dec. 30, 2014 in 18°F.

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 Sunday, April 19, 2015.

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MGB pictures will have to be attributed to ‘yours truly’.

5152 x 3864 pixel (4.6MG) high-resolution images of
ALL of the MGB can be found here.

ONLY the FIRST MGB image here is in high-resolution. All the others are scaled down to 40%.








There was never any doubt that the Green MGB would get driven as soon as the roads were dry and the weather hinted of Spring. Well, that day, up here in the Lakes region of New Hampshire was today, Sunday, April 19, 2015. It was a glorious day. Lots of sunshine, all the snow gone, no wind and the temp. getting up to around 60°F.

The 1968 MGB started without much drama. I had been trickle charging battery, off the car, all winter, in my heated workroom. Given that we bought the car in mid-September and didn’t have it ship-shape and inspected till early December this was the first time we got to drive the car when it was warm. What a difference. The last time we drove it was December 30, 2014. The temperature was 18°F though we drove it topless. So a 42°F difference in temperature. Also meant that the car was ‘only’ in hibernation for 110 days. Could have been better, but it could have been worse too.

We drove it for nearly 50 minutes. Went all the way to New Durham and back — with lots of detours. Didn’t see any other convertibles. The ‘Sea Foam’ and other fuel treatment I used over the winter does appear to have made a big difference. It drove well. Lots of power and plenty fast enough. Has the classic British sporting car exhaust sound. It was fun.

We, Devanee & I (and it is Devanee’s car), got back and Deanna pointed out that her crocuses were out. That is pretty amazing in that we had at least a foot of snow over them this time last year.

So, indubitably, Spring must have sprung. The crocuses are out, the peepers are peeping like there is no tomorrow and the Green MGB is out.

Happy Spring.


Pictures taken by Devanee, with her phone.


‘Lily Pond’ Was Ice Free April 16, 2015, So Lake Winnipesaukee Ice-Out Expected 7 – 10 Days After That.

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Already happened 19 times.
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Click to ENLARGE. From Google Maps. ‘Lily Pond’ in Gilford, New Hampshire on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee.


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Per the local folk lore ice-out on the BIG Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, usually takes place 7 to 10 days after ice-out on miniscule ‘Lily Pond’, in Gilford, on the perimeter of the Laconia Airport. With Lily Pond clear as of April 16 the current belief is that we should see the Big Lake ‘ice free’ around April 24 – 27. My druthers is that it will be towards the latter part of this range, i.e., April 26, April 27. Maybe even as far as May 1 or May 2.

Yes, a couple of days of wind will expedite matters.

April 26 will be quite late. Ice out on, or after, April 26 has only happened 26 times out of 128. 20% of the time.

April 19, today, is THE average.

May 12 is the longest — on record.

I have seen, in 2001, a May 2 ice-out.


The Equestrian High Jump Record, At 8.1′, That Has Stood For 64 Years Seems Incongruous To Me.

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Anura Guruge


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eqhighjumpdoodleClick here to get to this Google Doodle.


The record being set in Chile.

I have learned a lot of late by making a point to study Google Doodles.

I saw the above Chilean Colonel Alberto Larraguibel Morales (May 30, 1919 – April 12, 1995) Doodle on February 5, 2013 — the day after they produced a Doodle for Sri Lanka Independence Day.

I had no idea what they were talking about. Though I used to watch equestrian show jumping on TV, as all Brits are expected to do, I wasn’t familiar with the term ‘Puissance’. Maybe I did know it at one point but had forgotten it because I haven’t seen horse jumping on TV in the 29 years I have lived here (this time around).

Google has actually used the WRONG terminology. Puissance involves an upright fence. As you can see from the Doodle, Alberto Larraguibel was jumping over a sloped fence. That is the equestrian high jump competition ad it involves a single, sloping fence — the bottom half is hedge, the top made out of rails. So the Doodle is accurate in that respect.

Larraguibel (who at the time was a captain) broke the record for the the equestrian high jump, on February 5, 1949, at an official international event, in his native Chile.

He was riding quite a famous horse, chestnut stallion named ‘Huaso‘ (née ‘Faithful’).

They cleared, as officially ratified by the relevant sporting body, 8.1 feet (2.47 meters).

To beat the record somebody needs to jump 8.2 feet.

Same record jump, but head on. Does look quite high to me.

I like horses. Always have. I have done a very small amount of riding. I have watched Devanee taking riding lessons. But, I don’t know much about horses.

That height surprised me. 8.1′ Didn’t seem that high. I commented about this to Deanna.

Yes, I know the horse has a person, weighing at least 120 pounds, sitting on them — and I know the difference that 6 pounds make when I strap on my wrist weights to slog up Prospect Mountain Road.

Tonight I had some time. So I did what I had been meaning to do.

The World and Olympic records for High Jump. [I was in the ball park in what I had thought they were.]

Want to guess?

Men: …..8.03′ [2.45 m] World (set in 1993) and 7.84′ [2.39] Olympic (set in 1996).

Women: 6.86′ [2.09 m] World (set in 1987) and 6.76′ [2.06] Olympic (set in 2004).

So, the horse record is less than an 1″ different from the men’s high jump — obviously without the 120(+) burden.

Seems incongruous to me — especially since the horse record has stood for 64 years, one of the longest standing records in sports.

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