December 2014    

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DECEMBER 30, 2014

Freeze-up: December 29

Lake Temagami, our benchmark lake, froze over yesterday. The satellite image today confirms yesterday's pronouncement by Steve Battis, who travelled near the last opening which was at the top of the South Arm.

  SATELLITE IMAGE: December 30

  BACKGROUND: Past freeze-up dates

DECEMBER 29, 2014

Freeze-up image: is Lake Temagami closed?

Yes, Dorothy, that is open water on Lake Temagami. A week after local chatter reported the lake was closed, it was still open midday, just west of High Rock Island. Steve Battis (who had remained skeptical all week that the lake was closed) passed near the spot and saw steam, confirming it was open.

When he returned about 4:00 p.m., there was no steam visible. Is the lake closed? We hope to confirm from a satellite image tomorrow.

  SATELLITE IMAGE: December 29

DECEMBER 22, 2014

Freeze-up image: Lake Temagami is close

Lots of change. Most of Lake Temagami is frozen, but the usual holdouts west of Cattle Island and at the top of South Arm remain open. The latter can be seen in one of the December 20 photos by Ron Miller, taken from High Rock Island. Freeze-up is close.

  SATELLITE IMAGE: December 21

DECEMBER 21, 2014

Freeze-up photos: Lake Temagami

Some stunning aerials of "new" iice and open water.

  AERIAL PHOTOS: December 20

DECEMBER 21, 2014

Photos: moose on frozen pond

  AERIAL PHOTOS: December 20

DECEMBER 19, 2014

Freeze-up image: little progress in seven days 

Not a lot of change in the last seven days. But we can see water in two lakes just west of Lake Temagami: Manitou and Gull. And that may be open water on Smoothwater. We were well past freeze-up last year on this date.

  BACKGROUND: Past freeze-up dates

  SATELLITE IMAGE: December 19

DECEMBER 12, 2014

Freeze-up image: little progress in two days 

  SATELLITE IMAGE: December 12

DECEMBER 10, 2014

Freeze-up image: only giants of the deep to go 

Only the giants of the deep remain open: Temagami, Timiskaming, Kipawa (in Quebec), Trout (east of Nipissing), and Wanapitei.

  SATELLITE IMAGE: December 10

DECEMBER 8, 2014

Freeze-up image: big lakes progressing 

Not the best image today, but it does show the dark spots of open water: Temagami, Timiskaming, Nipissing, Obabika, Smoothwater, Rabbit, Gull, Maskinonge. On Lake Temagami, most of the Northeast and Southwest arms are frozen.


DECEMBER 5, 2014

Freeze-up image: mid-sized lakes nearly done

A great image today. We can see, among the mid-sized lakes, there are still open areas on Rabbit, Gull, Smoothwater, Obabika, Maskinonge, Donald, Kukagami and Matagamasi. With the exception of Smoothwater and Timiskaming, all lakes south of the north end of Lake Temagami are frozen.


DECEMBER 3, 2014

Aerial photos by Ron Miller

Ron took a plane ride yesterday and brought back good shots of freeze-up progressing at different paces around Lake Temagami.

  AERIAL PHOTOS: December 2

DECEMBER 1, 2014

Photos: winter approaches

The small- and many medium-sized lakes are frozen, and the large, deep, holdouts have begun: Timiskaming, Temagami and Wanapitei. Lady Evelyn's northern basin is covered and Lake Nipissing is well on the way.

There have been no relatively cloudless satellite images for weeks.

  SATELLITE IMAGE: November 28



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