The following are the current and past ice-out dates observed from Ebbs Bay Shore on the Big Lake, as well as from observers in other parts of the Mississippi Lakes system. If anyone can provide information for earlier dates, that would be much appreciated. Also, some of you may have observed different dates, since many bays trap ice for a few days after it leaves the Big Lake. Some interesting research regarding ice out dates and climate change is being done by Prof. Tim Patterson at Carleton University.

 

Over the last 22 years:       earliest ice-out date       25 March   (2012)

                                         latest ice-out date         26 April     (1997, 2014)

                                         average ice-out date      15 April

 Ice Out Dates

 

                                    18 Apr 2001            13 Apr 2011

                                   12 Apr 2002             25 Mar 2012

                                   21 Apr 2003             19 Apr 2013

24 Apr 1994                 19 Apr 2004             26 Apr 2014

  4 Apr 1995                 19 Apr 2005             21 Apr 2015

23 Apr 1996                 13 Apr 2006             16 Apr 2016

26 Apr 1997                 21 Apr 2007             17 Apr 2017

10 Apr 1998                 21 Apr 2008

11 Apr 1990                   5 Apr 2009

  2 Apr 2000                   4 Apr 2010

 

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