26 April, 2014
A tour of Newboro Lake turned up no embarrassing icebergs, so this year’s winner with her selection of April 25th is Dr. Roslyn Dakin, formerly of the Queen’s Biology Department, now working on a postdoc at UBC. Congratulations, Roz.
My pick was not based on any science. I have no prior knowledge of the ice on Newboro Lake. I’ve been out on the water twice, but always in late summer. I went with my gut and the feeling that 25 was a nice round number that seemed very late.
Thank you for the award,
Tony and I will explore the lake tomorrow with splake rods in hand, but my operating hypothesis is that the last floe off Ricks Island dissipated at 7:00 p.m. on April 25, 2014.
I’ll name the winner upon return from a sweep of the lake. If the splake bite on Indian, this may take some time.
I believe the PDF file below identifies the entries* in this year’s contest with the exception of outliers Dianne Strangfeld Roth at May 4th and Kate Stutzman at June 30th.
* The 9:00 a.m. reference with each name on the calendar is a software artifact and has no other significance.
So when will the last sheet of ice greater than 100 square feet disappear from Newboro Lake?
As in previous years, all you need do to pick up the bragging-rights mantle currently held by Louise Pritchard is post as a comment to this page your selected calendar date. The calendar slots will disappear on a first-come, first-served basis, with your entry becoming official when I have authorized your comment to this page.
In case of a tie:
With any luck ice-out will occur on a date selected by one of our worthy contestants, but should it occur upon a date unselected, the holder of the next closest date will prevail, with preference in a tie going to the earlier of the two competing dates.
Best wishes in this year’s contest, and here’s hoping for an early and undramatic end to winter.