January 7, 2008
Lake Ice Conditions, Part 2.
I took a combination business/pleasure spin down the lake yesterday.
For those that have not ventured onto the lake I can tell you that the ice conditions can be summed up in one word… omnibus. (Per the dictionary, “omnibus” as an adjective means “many different things together as a single unit”.)
At this point in time every possible ice condition is available on the lake. All descriptions are appropriate. Smooth, wet, crusty, flat, solid, mushy, rough, messy… pick a condition, it’s out there. It does not make for the best travel conditions but it is tolerable. We could use some colder temperatures and a light blanket of new snow driven by a steady breeze to equalize the surface.
But until the weather alters the situation, “That sure is an omnibus ice surface we have there on Lake Vermilion!”