Sorry, but no aerial photographs today. I had hoped to fly on Monday or Tuesday this week, although conditions were unlikely to be good enough to take pictures. As it happened, my trips were cancelled both days due to poor weather.
People have started sharing ice-out news with me, though, and that’s nice. Two people told me that small lakes in town have cleared, so I drove around in my car (how the mighty are brought low!) to take a look.
Rabbit Lake is essentially clear. Even though it has been cold, strong winds smashed the ice. There is still a large patch of floating ice over by the rowing club, but it will not last.
I don’t remember when the ice went out on Round Lake. Several days ago, I think, maybe more than a week.
They say it snows three times after the seagulls return. I think this is true most years, especially if you are flexible on how much snow and how many seagulls ;-). By my reckoning, it has snowed five or more times since the first gulls appeared this spring.
Laurenson’s Lake went out yesterday. While I’m on the subject, a week ago I was offered information on the freeze-up and ice-out dates for Laurenson’s Lake. Mel Wartig kept handwritten records starting in 1974.
Naturally, I couldn’t resist graphing his data:
Like my earlier graph for Lake of the Woods, it approximates a Bell Curve, and it looks as if Laurenson’s Lake tends to go out a little earlier than Lake of the Woods.
The big question is: how much ice has gone from Lake of the Woods? The sun should come out later this week, but I won’t be flying before Friday. In the meantime, if any of my pilot friends take pictures, I’ll put them up.