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Brief Intrusion of Arctic Cold
Near zero temperatures Sunday morning and again this morning have put a bit of ice on Tivoli Bay. At low tide Sunday afternoon, I was finally able to take a few pictures from the ice as it rested on the muddy bottom of the bay. Navigating a path along the clear sections of ice made it possible to walk out several hundred feet, but the larger areas of thin white layers of shell ice were not as strong and would quickly give way if you did not keep moving. It seems like a lot of new sediment came in with the flooding from Irene and Lee this summer and it has not fully decayed, consolidated, and compacted yet.
There was a blowout tide at noon on Saturday -- astronomical low tide coupled with the stiff winds and low barometric pressure of the storm last week combined to push the water level so low that you could see much of the muddy bottom of South Tivoli Bay. Unfortunately we had no sailing ice. It's interesting sailing on a blowout tide as the soft ice conforms to the bottom contours and forces you to sail the small hills and dales that the persistent drainage flow has cut in the muddy bottom. Alas, if there is no water in the bay, you don't make any ice, even if it is zero degrees. It will be warmer today, then snow turning to rain tomorrow as we once again go above average in temperature for the week.
Successive lower than normal tides have left the shoreline bare of ice.
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photo Copyright Brian Reid, December 2002
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