May 9, 2019: Going Fast

Good news is coming in from all over.

First,  Dave Debney sent me pictures yesterday that show Northern Harbour is starting to open. This one’s my favourite.

Dave didn’t add much commentary, but his pictures show the docks opening up and the ice candling out on Pine Portage Bay.

Today, Ian Bruce sent word that Bigstone Bay is starting to clear. That’s exciting, because Bigstone holds ice longer than almost anywhere else close to Kenora. Ian included this photograph.

Ian says: Looking south to Hay Island. Ice has retreated almost to the Boulder Islands. To the west, solid from east side of Copper towards Scotty’s.

Here’s another picture from Ian, taken this evening at around 6:30.

Ian says: Looking west to Kipling Island and the top end of The Hades, Smuggler’s etc.

Stu Everett sent me this update through the comment form:

A fair portion of the Manitou blew out overnight. However the area from Whisky Island west to Birch Island seems intact so you might not get through the centre channel at the east end of Crow Rock island. I did go out through the west channel, then over past Queen to catch the south track into Tranquil Channel. I could see that the Centre Section still has a fair amount of ice on it in the open area. This wind is really having a huge impact so it should not be long before the lake is open save say Shoal Lake, which always seems late. But the best news of all is fresh crappies for dinner!

Satellite imagery was partly blocked by cloud again today, but check out this image from the MODIS camera on NASA’s Terra satellite.

Water is black, Ice is bright blue, False colour images, From MODIS to you.

In brief, the ice on Big Traverse looks to be all but gone, and the two patches of ice that do show in this picture—Little Traverse lower down and north of the Alneau further up—seem to be shrinking and weakening fast.

You can’t see much of Shoal Lake, but it might have more open water now.

Other areas of interest, such as Clearwater, Ptarmigan and Bigstone Bays, are all obscured by cloud.

I don’t expect to be flying until after the weekend, but some of my friends likely will, and I’m hoping for some aerial photos to show the ice dwindling away. By Monday, I think we’ll be down to just traces. If that’s right, we’ll be almost a dead heat with last year.

One thought on “May 9, 2019: Going Fast

  1. On Bigstone about 4pm Thursday, the north wind had blown the remaining strong ice onto the north side of Hay I. Much of Bigstone was clear, but Eagle Pass etc was blocked. Tomorrow south wind should loosen things up.

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