Predicting Ice Out on Lake Harriet

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, March 18, 2012.

It looks like today will be ice out day on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.  If it isn’t a record, it has to be damn close.

Just two days ago the lake was mostly frozen over with the exception of a broad crack or two and open water along the shoreline.  But a combination of very warm weather both night and day, a persistent wind, and bright sunshine appears to make quick work of lake ice.  Once the lake loses the white coating of frost and snow, it darkens and absorbs the heat of the sun better, too.

This morning more than two-thirds of the lake is open and the remaining ice is little more than rafts of ice shards rolling in the wind.

If you’re in the area, go down to the lake and catch the once-in-a-year opportunity to hear the broken ice wash up on shore.  It sounds like an endless row of crystal chimes tinkling in the wind.  Very much worth the trip.

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