Freeze-up Watch 2011 (false colour) - December 29

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Freeze-up today
When it came, it came fast. Absolute stillness in the air and a temperature plunge, which never got above 12 C on December 28, that propelled Lake Temagami to ice over early the next day.

Lake Temagami is Ottertooth's benchmark lake to call freeze-up and normally the last to go in Temagami. We call it when the entire lake is frozen. Commonly, there is ice travel between Bear Island and the landing before the call, as it was this year.

 

December 29 is later than every year since 2002 (when our watch began), except the seasons of 2003 and 2009, both of which came after the new year.

  BACKGROUND:   Recent historical freeze-up dates

 

Image courtesy of NASA/NOAA     POSTED DEC. 29, 2011

 

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