Freeze-up 2006 (infrared) - December 19

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Satellite image: ice freeze-up in Temagami, 2006

Posted December 20, 2006                            Photo: NASA/NOAA,  provided by Allan Eustis

Freeze-up setback

There has been an obvious freeze-up reversal in the midst of this warm spell.

On December 9 the temperature officially tipped above freezing where it has been lingering since. Today, it is forecast to stay a degree or two below freezing.

Clouds and their black shadows obscure this view, the first since December 15.

Lake Temagami's Northeast Arm has reopened. Obabika Lake has open water in the center. Lady Evelyn has new openings. Many of the lakes around Matagamasi that were closing are now open. Lake Nipissing's west end has lost all of its ice.

This is reminiscent of 2003 when there was open water over New Year's. On December 15 that year there was far more ice than today.


             Photos 2003-04


Black                open water

Dull blue            thin ice

Bright turquoise  thick ice, 

                        snow on

                        unforested land

                        (e.g. clearcuts,



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