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Earliest Ice-Out declared, first during winter

Union Leader Correspondent

March 18. 2016 6:43PM
Ice-Out has been declared on Lake Winnipesaukee. (COURTESY)

GILFORD — Ice-Out has occurred, making 2016 the year with the earliest Ice-Out on Lake Winnipesaukee ever.

This year’s Ice-Out is also the first to occur on a winter day.

The man who calls Ice-Out, Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation, flew over the lake Friday morning, and found one small straggling piece of ice near Moultonborough.

“When I got down closer, it was gone, and that was it, there’s no more ice on the lake,” he said.

Emerson declared “Ice-In” on Feb. 15.

Ice-In, which is declared when the entire lake is covered with ice, was late this winter. According to the National Weather Service, New Hampshire just had its warmest winter in history.

Ice-Out occurs when all the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in the state, has broken up after winter. It is declared when the M.S. Mount Washington can make it to every one of its ports — Center Harbor, Wolfeboro, Alton, Weirs Beach and Meredith.

Ice-Out is also considered the unofficial start to the boating season, and some people consider it to be the end of winter in the state.

The two earliest Ice-Outs were recorded in recent years. The earliest prior to this year were on March 23, 2012, and March 24, 2010. Prior to that, the earliest was on March 28, 1921.

Emerson has been making the call since 2010.

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