Monday, April 28, 2014
RECORD ICE OUT
Well we are one day away from a record ice out date. The latest Midland Bay ICE OUT DATE in the past 35 years was April 29th . Looks like the Midland Bay will open up soon though ... probably around the end of the month ... in just a few days. Can’t say the same thing for the North Channel though. Look at this April 27th Coast Guard satellite image sent to us by Captain Bill Everitt. (above left)
You can see the North Channel is still solid with heavy ice. It doesn’t help that it’s still freezing almost every night. At this time, marinas in the Midland & Honey Harbour areas are ice free and they are just beginning to launch boats. Bayport Yachting Centre has 25 boats in (a few have been in for more than a week with bubbler going). Wye Heritage is working on dropping the protective marina gate and South Bay Cove reports the marina ice free. But don’t get the boat launched and jump the gun. There are plenty of burgs out there floating and below the water line. Water levels are somewhat higher than it has been for several years ... so your going to have to watch out for floating debris lifted off shore and dead heads that are beginning to float off the bottom. Don’t plan on swimming the May 24 weekend unless you want to join the polar bear club.