All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Beware of Thin Ice

A new study shows that ice on Maine lakes is melting earlier in the year than in decades past.
In Maine, the study found that Moosehead Lake, the state's largest body of water, is now thawing eight days earlier than its historic average based on 149 years of records. Damariscotta Lake is clearing 12 days earlier than in the past, and Rangeley Lake is thawing five days earlier. [Link]
For historical thaw dates for 23 Maine lakes and ponds, see Lake Ice-Out Data for New England. To calculate the ice-out date for a given year, take the "Julian date" and count forward from January first.
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