Millinocket-The edge of the blizzard

NOAA Weather has real time doppler radar displays showing precipitation of passing weather events with color coding indicating intensity of rain/snow fall. I tracked Tuesday’s storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on us at the coast blotting out Damariscotta and Chikcawaukie, likely for the season.

The blue storm on radar with a central green yellow heavy snow core came up the coat and centered the mid coast but it seemed to just graze Millinocket and the lakes that Bill, Jory, and others sailed on over the weekend with luscious miles of ice.

By Thursday with these images still in mind and not having heard from our intrepid wanderers I wondered if they had snuck off North to beyond the edge of the snow for end of season ecstasy. I called Buchholz and was surprised to find him home. I told him about the edge of the storm radar, was there a chance of spared ice? He allowed that he would check the webcam at the spiffy B&B that looks out over the lake at sunup. We got a little worked up over the prospect.

The next morning I called him as he was dialing up the lake image and I was aleready mentally grunting the boat up onto the truck. Gray or white Bill? White, with snowmobile tracks.

It seems that Millinocket is as far as the radar beam gets from Portland and in fact there was eight inches of snow in Quebec. Apparently NOAA’s taxpayers’ funded wonder beam does not go any further because there are no more taxpayers beyond Millinocket.

Write your congressman.


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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