Break-up Watch 2010 - April 15: ice-out

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APRIL 21, 2010


A breeze rose, the sun came out, and the last ice on Lake Temagami broke up on Thursday, April 15, making it the earliest date since the start of our list in 1985.

The season's ice began with a near-record, late freeze-up followed by rare, flaky-ice conditions in December and January that swallowed three snowmobiles. 

And nothing became predictable, as it normally has been, about the way it went out. Bob Farr, a resident of Bear Island, noted that there was lingering ice in the southern Hub where there shouldn't have been any: around Chimo, High Rock and Cattle Islands, and in front of Wabikon.

"You could boat all the way to Temagami on April 7, but there was still ice off the Bear Island store until the fifteenth," said Farr. "This isn't going to be a year to use other years to judge by."

Farr confirmed ice-out in the southern Hub and Jason Pigeau of Keewaydin Camp confirmed it in the North Arm.

  BACKGROUND:   Historic break-up dates



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