Ice Patrol began as a blog one year ago today. At that time, I was hoping that if I made my aerial photographs easily available on the internet, more people might see them. I thought that instead of the ten or fifteen people who went online to check my PhotoBucket albums, I might reach a hundred people or more. More is an understatement. A miserable late thaw in 2014 led to Ice Patrol getting 60,000 hits in its six week spring run, and nearly 400 email followers. Those numbers continue to grow this year. Thank you all.
Here is that photograph from April 14th last year:
Fun fact: the forecast overnight low was -18ºC that night! No wonder it was a late thaw. For comparison, here’s a link to a picture of the Kenora waterfront taken yesterday.
And now, back to the news. This April, we are having a run of warm windy days and it is making a difference.
The photo above shows the Big Stretch of the Winnipeg River (looking SW) with Kenora at the upper left of the picture and Gun Lake at the right side.
This second photograph of the River is centered on Laurenson’s Island, with Locke Bay stretching off to the right.
You can click on any of these pictures to see a larger, zoomable version. It’s particularly worthwhile with these next two, to help you see what’s going on further out on the lake.
An update on Safety Bay and Keewatin Channel.
Strong winds help the ice erode through wave action and by causing pan ice to collide and break up wherever there is open water. If you zoom in on the upper left corner, you can see that the ice is starting to rot between Town Island and Thompson Island.
You can see the same area here, a series of dark patches at the right side reaching out towards Scotty Island. Just above the middle of the photo, the current at Devil’s Gap is finally opening water toward Nickerson and Galt Islands, and the ice is letting go in Golf Course Bay. At the bottom right, Coney Beach is at that awkward stage: too soft for walking, too hard for swimming.