Bring on summer! Ice out on Lake Minnetonka

9:58 PM, Apr 14, 2011   |    comments
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LAKE MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Despite what the current mercury reading says, warmer days are on the horizon.

Want proof? How about official ice-out on Lake Minnetonka.

Ice out on the the popular lake was declared at 5:14 a.m. Thursday by the Freshwater Society, 12 days later than last year.

Since 1968 the Freshwater Society has monitored the spring melt, declared ice-out and posted the dates in a log that Freshwater founder Dick Gray traced back to 1855.

Over that 155-year stretch, the earliest recorded ice-out on Lake Minnetonka was March 11, 1878. The latest, was May 8.

Two long missing dates where recently filled in when Pete Boulay of the Minnesota State Climatology Office recently found two long-missing ice-out dates for 1863 and 1867.

The historic log of ice-out dates is posted on the Freshwater Society's website, as well as information about events to celebrate ice-out, and the approach of summer.



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