Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No ‘ice-out’ quite yet

“Ice-out” could be declared on the North Arm of Rainy Lake in the next three or four days, one local flying service predicted Tuesday morning. “A lot of it is out, and there’s lots of places you can land, but it’s not completely out yet,” said Mel Larson of Melaire Ltd. “It’s pretty much on its way [out]. You get this big wind and everything, and that takes care of a lot of it,” he added. “I would say in the next three or four days, it’ll all be gone.” Rusty Myers Flying Service has not had its planes in the air yet as there’s still too much ice in Sand Bay to take off. This is the latest “ice-out” date for the North Arm in the past several years. Last year, the ice officially was “out” on Rainy Lake as of April 17 while in 2005, that date was April 23. It was declared “out” on April 30 in 2004, May 6 in 2003, May 8 in 2002, May 3 in 2001, and April 22 in 2000. A look at the past 16 years shows the date of “ice-out” has varied within a 35-day window. The earliest was in 1998 (April 13) while the latest was in 1996 (May 18).

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