Monday, April 13, 2015

Ice Out on Long Lake: April 13th

Sharon Natzel reported: In checking with all the folks around the lake that are part of our monitoring team, plus others, we can officially declare that sometime this afternoon (April 13, 2015) with warm temperature and the high wind gusts today, the ice is now officially out on Long Lake!  We will update the ice data tab as soon as the chart has been updated.  The ice out date this year is one day ahead of the average date of April 14th and sixteen days ahead of last winter's date of April 29th.

Now let's work on getting some rain! reported the following information:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 12th, 2015

We have received pictures and reports from several people on the lake today.  The ice is not quite gone yet, but there are many stretches of open water.  Everyone thinks the ice will most likely be gone by the end of the day on Monday.  If we would get a little bit of rain, the grass and trees, etc. could start to show some green too.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ice Out Watch

A message shared from Lou Schultz. (Lou lives on Chippewa Loop on the west side of Long Lake and helps us with the ice in and ice out statistics.)

       "Around this time of year, we always wonder when we might have ice-out.

       Fact:  Our average ice-out is April 20, although we have wide and increasing variation of this

       Theory: Long Lake gets ice-out two weeks after Lake Minnetonka, which was April 4, 2015.

      Therefore: I predict we will have ice-out this year on April 18.
      That is only 11 days away and that is a mighty big ice cube sitting out there.

      Would anyone else like to predict a date; any challengers?  - Lou"

You can add your comments below or on our Facebook page.

For the historic data go to the Ice Data tab at the top of this page or scroll to the blog post below this one for DNR data. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Article posted on MPR News site about ice out data

As the warmer weather comes and goes, Long Lake residence start to watch the ice.  The big question: When will "ice out" be this year?  This site starts getting more hits on our Ice Data Tab also.  So this article posted by MPR News seems very relevant to our readers.  An interesting part is: what is the exact definition of Ice Out.  

Taken from MPR News article:  As DNR climatologist Pete Boulay explains "The DNR uses observers (which can be individuals or groups familiar with the lakes and weather patterns) to report ice outs across the state, and the definition varies from individual to individual.  Boulay said there are three main ways to measure an ice out:
  1.  ability to get from point A to point B across a lake;

  2.  when about 90 percent of a lake is ice-free;

  3.  when a lake is completely free of ice.
Since the definitions vary, the DNR typically contacts the same observer or group in each part of the state to maintain some consistency over individual bodies of water.

"We usually leave it in the hands of the locals to declare their ice outs," Boulay said. "

Read the entire article here

Within the article is an interactive map for ice out data on Minnesota Lakes.  Click the link below to access the map.  Then zoom in to find Long Lake. You can also click a link to see the DNR's data on ice out. Their data is slightly different from ours which is not unexpected as our observers use a definition of "lake completely free of ice".

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pipeline Relocation Fund Supported by Donations from Long Lake Folks

Long Lake has had 82 families donate for the reroute of the Sandpiper Pipeline Corridor, so we are over half way to our goal of raising $25,000 from Long Lake.  Using these funds, and those from other lakes, the "Brief" document has been prepared for the MN Public Utilities Commission's
Administrative Law Judge by the Minnesota Center of Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) lawyers in partnership with Friends of the Headwaters.

The full brief can be read here:  click here
The Administrative Law Judge makes his  recommendation to the Public Utilities Commissioners on April 13.  The PUC Commissioners are likely to make a decision in June.

For campaign details, please see the letter recently sent to Long Lake property holders: