This is yesterday afternoon’s false-colour image from NASA’s Aqua satellite.
If you click on this image, you’ll see a version with landmark tags.
There’s no longer any ice visible anywhere, not even on Shoal Lake or Big Sand Lake. Not from space, anyway.
Justin Martin took these pictures at sunset yesterday. They show how much the ice degraded during Thursday’s warmth. There are just two patches of ice remaining on the Manitou.
You can click on these pictures to see a larger, zoomable version.
This is from over the Manitou, looking south west at Shammis Island. In the foreground are the trailing end of the Slate Island chain, and at the right edge of the frame are the larger islands in the group: Charlie Island, St. George Island and Palisade Island. This ice is disintegrating fast.
Looking more directly south at the Elbow from over Scotty Island, there’s a second patch of ice near Slate Island. It’s barely holding together.
Justin flew over the Barrier Islands to take this picture.
From over Oliver Island, which was visible in the distance in the previous photo, here’s what’s left of the ice south of the Barrier Islands. The ice here looks as weak as wet tissue paper.
Justin didn’t expect any of this ice to last the night, and I agree with him. Temperatures stayed well above freezing until around 3:00am last night, and I would guess that this ice is all gone by now.
It might take a day or two to confirm this. Today’s forecast is for wet snow, so it won’t be good flying or boating weather, and the satellites won’t be able to see anything either.