Tuesday on Chickawaukee

We had a micro snow storm. Much of the morning a thin dust of snow drifted out of the grey overcast. The sun eventually asserted itself in afternoon but temps never got above 14. Wind was in the low single numbers. 6 ice boats rested peacefully and apparently their skippers did also after the sailing frenzy Monday. In fact no one was on the lake most of the day. What to do? Out with the icecycle and a brisk ride around the pond, mini studded snows humming across the lovely ice. Most of the old ripples disappeared in the warm wind of Sunday. There is now just a patchy film of dusty snow with micro drifts leeward of stranded leaves. Total snow on ice 0-1/4 inch.
At sunset riding around the Northern rim to the left of the anchorage there was a uniform layer of finely crystalline snow and looking toward the low sun an upside down semicircular crescent shaped thin rain bow preceded me along. This was similar to the circular “sundogs” seen around the shadow of an airplane against a cloud. Another winter treat.
We have 8 inches of good ice now and will be building ice for sure the next three days of near zero temps 24 hrs a day. We need a good base for the best of season March ice boating.
There is now a web cam at the Damariscotta Lake Assoc. office looking out onto the ice at the launch site. Go to: “www.dlwa.org/webcam.html”


About Lloyd Roberts

Long time ice boater. Creator of the Gambit and Cheapskate boats. Author of the first definitive book on ice boating "Think Ice"One of the original members of the Chickawaukie ice boat club in Maine. Lloyd also lives on Chickawaukie and has played launch host to countless ice boaters over the years.
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