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#498696 - 11/14/18 03:33 PM Early ice in Iowa
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Registered: 06/04/15
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Loc: Grinnell, IA
Just curious who's seeing ice over on their BOW, and where. We had full ice over on our 2.5 acre pond yesterday. This is a full 30 days sooner than last year. Ice is crystal clear and very thin, with some daytime melting in some spots. I have my shallow water diffuser ready to roll, but haven't started any winter aeration yet.
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#498697 - 11/14/18 03:58 PM Re: Early ice in Iowa [Re: DrLuke]
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Registered: 08/16/14
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Loc: in the mountains
I'm iced over! Lol
Just a few days later than last year.



Edited by wbuffetjr (11/14/18 03:59 PM)
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#498698 - 11/14/18 04:07 PM Re: Early ice in Iowa [Re: DrLuke]
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Registered: 10/19/14
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First ice for us here in N. Illinois this morning also. Low of 11 last night and woke up to a thin layer.


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#498700 - 11/14/18 04:20 PM Re: Early ice in Iowa [Re: DrLuke]
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It's been unusually cold for November in Iowa, a solid 10-15 degrees below typical.

I continue to follow the 'mountain project' as documented by wbuffetjr, and am not surprised by his hard water in the Rockies. :-)

Just curious if other pondmeisters track such things as ice on, ice off, etc. We have been averaging early/mid December since I began my records here. In a few centuries, I'll really have some good data...


Edited by DrLuke (11/14/18 04:58 PM)
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#498701 - 11/14/18 05:29 PM Re: Early ice in Iowa [Re: DrLuke]
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Originally Posted By: DrLuke

Just curious if other pondmeisters track such things as ice on, ice off, etc. We have been averaging early/mid December since I began my records here. In a few centuries, I'll really have some good data...


I am also curious how many folks track it. It's probably not a big deal to a lot of people but very important to others. I will also be interested to see how big of a variation you and I see over the next 100 years DrLuke.
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#498759 - 11/15/18 08:40 PM Re: Early ice in Iowa [Re: DrLuke]
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Mine has been iced over for a few days,just a thin layer, then last night and this morning it got 4 or 5 inches of snow dumped on it. It did warm up a little today, and when I went over this evening, it had a slushy crust on it that was trying to freeze up.
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