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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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720 Chinese Dancing Dragons Expected At Singapore ‘Peace & Prosperity’ Festival On December 21, 2109.

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Click image to access the Facebook page for this event.


I happened to see this on Facebook. The “Largest Mass Lion Dance Display” caught my eye because I am very partial to Chinese Dragon Dancing. So, I read more.

Wow. Over the top. What you would expect from mega-rich, ultra-ambitious Singapore. Good for them. They are going for some other records too — e.g., 54 Lamborghinis in a parade. Interestingly, they do not mention the ‘Guinness Book of Records‘. Maybe they don’t take Guinness Records that seriously in Singapore. Could be a cultural thing.

Anywho ….

I am sure we will see videos of this on YouTube. I will try and remember to check.

Just wanted to give you a decent heads up.

Happy New Year.


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

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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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Lake Winnipesaukee [NH] Ice-Out: Earliest Occurrences.

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Click to ENLARGE and study. Note, 2012 was a LEAP YEAR and I take that into account.


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2012 was a LEAP YEAR and I take that into account.
I count days from January 1, taking into account leap years.
So, March 24 in a non-leap year is the SAME as March 23 in a Leap Year.



So, of course, we have had ice-outs by now; viz. April 5.

And we don’t have to go to far. Just in the last 9-years, with 2016 THE RECORD since the 1887 — the first year for which we have reliable data.

I was in Wolfeboro two-days ago. The ice was very white and looked pretty solid.

Yesterday, the ice on The Broads looked black. That means it would typically break-up within 48-hours. I have seen it happen — ONCE. Magical. One second we have ice, the next it is ALL gone as far as the eye can see. This was in 1999 or 2000 when I was living waterfront in Gilford.

Mid-April might be good for this year too.


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“Castle In The Sky”, BBC Movie On The Invention Of Radar, On PBS, This Thursday — Nov. 22, 2018.

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Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castles_in_the_Sky_(film)



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I happened, serendipitously, catch a trailer, on PBS, and knew, at once, that I had to watch this. Everything I like — all-things-British, period drama, innovation, aviation — in one movie. I have set the DVR to record.

Up here in the Northeast it is on Boston WGBH Channel 44 — their auxiliary channel to the main Channel 2. You will have to check the PBS listing in your area. It is at 8pm on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Given that it is BBC produced it is bound to be superlative. The BBC, as YOU know, rarely lets the side down.


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The New PBS “Native America” Series Looks Very Enticing.

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Happened to see the trailer. Obviously very much my cup of tea given my interest in the Navajos. So, of course, I recorded it. Glad I did.

I only got to watch a few minutes, but what I saw … I liked. Looks very educational and interesting.

So, wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it. Given it is PBS you should still be able to catch episode 1 somewhere on TV or online.


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The New PBS “Woman In White” (From The BBC) — Echoes Of “Jane Eyre” In The Best Possible Way.

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Click image to access the PBS Webpage for this captivating new series.



Somewhere around Friday, each week, I check PBS ‘primetime’ to make sure that I have the DVR set to record all shows of interest. This series, “The Woman in White” was being shown at 10pm on Sunday — which is usually NOT a slot reserved for promising masterpieces. But, the title alone was captivating. I hit the ‘Record Series’ button. I am sure glad I did.

We watched it today. It is GOOD. Echoes of Jane Eyre — and that is praise indeed. Teischan (12) actually said out loud that she liked it! She is hard to please and coming from her, this was also praise indeed.

You should still be able to catch Episode 1 on TV (if nothing else on Saturday night) or online. Definitely worth seeing. Looks very promising.

It is from the BBC. They don’t make too many duds.

This was GOOD. Thank YOU BBC. Thank YOU PBS.


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Huge 17′ Crocodile Caught (& Conserved) In Sri Lanka.

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Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” story
from June 7, 2017.

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I know that there are crocodiles in Sri Lanka. I had seen a few during my 14 years of living there. I even once saw a crocodile hunt — a crocodile, on a riverbank, being shot with a rifle.

I had also heard that the recent floods in Sri Lanka had resulted in some crocodiles getting swept over the banks of flooded rivers. Not sure whether this was one of these.

17 feet is big. But 3 feet below record length even for an Asian crocodile.

I had never heard of Thibbotuwawa. Couldn’t really find it. The best I could do was determine that it was in the Matale District. So, I marked that on a map for you (below). NOT where I would have expected to find a huge crocodile. Matale is in the area which we refer to as ‘Up Country‘ in that it is in the hilly, middle of the Island. Maybe some folks in Sri Lanka can help me out on this.


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