May 14, 2018: All Clear

I went flying today, and saw no ice on Lake of the Woods. You can click on this picture to view a larger version and zoom in to see for yourself.

In this photo, the nose of the King Air is aimed at Middle Island, with Hay Island to the left, Scotty Island just right of center, and Whiskey Island at the extreme right. The full span of the Barrier Islands is visible in the middle distance, and there’s no sign of the ice that was holding out in that area.

Yesterday’s satellite images were blurred, but some ice was visible. Today’s had some cloud cover, but by comparing two images, I was able to see pretty much the whole lake, and there was no visible ice, so I think even the ice down by Baudette is gone.

So I’m calling it. As of today, Lake of the Woods is ice free. The brick graph gets a magenta block for 2018 to celebrate.

This spring was one of the four latest springs of the sixteen on the graph; behind the curve, but not outrageously so.

To show the timing of the onset and conclusion of the thaw, here’s the finalized version of the floating bar graph. Each year’s bar starts on the Inflection Date (when the daily mean temperature rose above freezing) and ends on the date when the lake was ice free.

Depending on your monitor size and settings, you might want to zoom in on this to read the numbers. In summary, it shows that compared to other recent years, the 2018 thaw got off to a late start and then went fairly fast.

A quick note on other lakes in the region: all lakes in the Kenora, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Dryden area are clear of ice, with three exceptions:

  1. Shoal Lake, west of Kenora, still has a large patch of ice.
  2. Trout Lake, east of Red Lake, still has extensive ice.
  3. Lac Seoul, near Sioux Lookout, still has some ice near Kejick Bay.

I’ll be wrapping up the Ice Patrol for the season in the next few days. Thanks to everyone who visited this year- I had record traffic!

Special thanks to all who contributed with photos, comments or emails.

I couldn’t have done it without the help of my co-workers at MAG Canada.

 

16 thoughts on “May 14, 2018: All Clear

  1. thank you Tim! It’s been great. We will be looking for your book to buy this summer around town. J & D Hill

    On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 5:50 PM, Lake of the Woods Ice Patrol wrote:

    > icecaptain posted: “I went flying today, and saw no ice on Lake of the > Woods. You can click on this picture to view a larger, version and zoom in > to see for yourself. In this photo, the nose of the King Air is aimed at > Middle Island, with Hay Island to the left, Scot” >

  2. Thank you IceCaptain for your incredible work. I have thoroughly enjoyed your reports and photographs. Look forward to next year.

  3. Thanks for all the work on the blog! Looking forward to heading up to the lake in a couple weeks.

  4. “iIts official,,, Lake of the Wood is clear of ice” ,,, music to our ears,,, many thanks for the service you supply to so many, and this year in record numbers. As you fly off into the sun set, take with you the appreciation and thanks from so many,,, well done!! Fly /boat on !!

  5. Thanks Tim for the great reports and additional analytics this year. Do you have any info on the Minaki area?

  6. As always, thanks for another year of ice patrol reports!
    Hope you get to dip your toes in the sparkling waters of LOTW this summer…FLY SAFE.
    until next spring…

  7. I’ll throw my thanks into the pile as well Tim. This blog is my only connection to the lake once we chicken out on ice road driving in March. Have a great summer

  8. Thank you very much for all of your updates/photos/info/stats. I really appreciate it 🙂

  9. Great work. Following you from Tennessee monitoring our late May fishing prospects. We will fish Shoal in a week or so….

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