April 16, 2013
Have you had a recent conversation about the continuing winter weather? I’m guessing you have.
The woods is white with snow and the lake is full of solid ice. And it’s mid April. I believe, however, that many of the locals, with shrugged acceptance of the power of Mother Nature, retain their ever optimistic expectation for an eventual time when Spring-like weather will finally arrive.
In these parts the bellweather event for the end of Winter is that day when Lake Vermilion becomes ice-free. If we were in a typical year that day would occur in about 2 weeks (at the end of the month of April). It’s a pretty safe bet that’s not going to happen.
So… with an average ice-out date unlikely let’s make 2012-2013 memorable with a recording breaking year! That means we need ice on the lake until May 24th. (Per Lakevermilion.com, Lake Vermilion’s latest ice-out date was May 23rd in 1950.)
So… let’s hear it! May 24th! May 24th! May 24th!
(OK. I agree. April 30th! April 30th! April 30th!)