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Mar 15, 2016 5:47 PM

Joe Knows: This could be earliest 'ice out' in NH history

NH1 Chief Meteorologist

It is not confirmed yet, but we are likely going to have a record early Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee this year. The record for earliest Ice-Out is March 23rd, 2012. When you look at the current conditions I would assume Ice Out will be announced officially very soon.

"Ice-Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee is the moment when the ice that has covered the Lake since late December or early January melts enough that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship could navigate between Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

Ice-Out is anxiously awaited by residents and visitors since it is the traditional start of the spring season, and many Islanders regain water access to their cottages. The date has been observed and recorded for over 130 years. The setting of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is now determined by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the Ice-Out call it is considered official.

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