We’re down to the last remnants of ice on Lake of the Woods now.
John Lunny sent this “before and after” pair of pictures taken from Lunny’s Island today as the ice cover changed dramatically. What a difference a day makes!
You can click on these pictures to see them full-screen.
The view is east down Bigstone Bay, with Kipling Island near the middle of the picture.
Fascinating to see the ice go dark in a matter of hours. John says the thermometer at his camp went as high as 22ºC this afternoon, although the official temperature at the Kenora airport never got higher than 14ºC.
An hour later, I got these pictures from Ted Main, also of Bigstone Bay, but from a different angle.
The ice is totally candled.
Since we had mostly sunny weather today, I was hoping the satellite images would be clear. I was wondering about ice south of the Barrier Islands. Terra’s view was half obscured by cloud, but Aqua managed a mostly clear view.
The image is only 640 pixels square, but if you click on it, you’ll see a version overlaid with tags for Kenora, Bigstone Bay, the Barrier Islands, and Shoal Lake.
The wispy blue is high cloud. Ice on the lake, specifically on Shoal Lake, and on Lake of the Woods south of the Barrier Islands, is a little more defined. Note that the ice is a very dark blue, indicating it is very thin and weak.
It will be gone soon.
Just before I uploaded this post, I got a couple of pictures from Matthew Belair. The Belairs have a place on Queer Island, not far from that ice by the Barrier Islands.
These are drone photos, taken this evening.
No ice this way. But wait, there’s more.
These pictures aren’t very zoomable, but in the upper right corner, there’s ice down around Robertson Island.
So thanks to all of today’s contributors: John Lunny, Ted Main, and Matthew Belair.
Starting Wednesday night, the Weather Network says we may see a string of cold nights, with overnight lows of -5ºC for three nights in a row. I didn’t like that forecast, so I went to see what Environment Canada had to say… [Grits teeth] It’s worse! They’re saying minus seven on Thursday night. Really? It’s May. Would an afternoon on the deck be too much to ask?
Oh, well. Happy Cinco de Mayo!