Copyright John A. Sperr


  February 19, 2013

Tivoli Bay is Done

All Boats Pulled off the Ice


January 27, 2013


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(I've made it very easy to customize this link to suit your own preferences)

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Rain in the Forecast Tonight

Beware -- ice is unsafe

With no really cold weather in the forecast and the weak ice on Tivoli Bay highly unlikely to recover any time this season, we pulled the fleet yesterday afternoon. There was a bit of sailing in the morning, but boats were dropping runners through the ice into the muddy bottom. Water would squirt up through the hundreds of holes developing in the ice as the boats would move about the surface -- it was clear that we were done.

Only once in my experience have we had a very late season refreeze on Tivoli Bay. We put a small boat back on the ice for St. Patrick's Day weekend in the mid 80's that we took turns sailing for a day. But that was the exception. We'll have to look at other venues if we are to sail any more this season, but with New England snowed out, the prospects for late season ice look grim.

Shipping traffic on the Hudson River in our area is now easily tracked thanks to networked installations in the past year of AIS monitoring stations at the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club and the Saugerties Lighthouse. By and large, the Coast Guard vessels are broadcasting their data in the clear and are appearing on the map unless they find reason to operate in "Code Blue" stealth mode -- a great boon to those of us who enjoy watching them in action in their daily work  keeping the critical shipping channel to Albany from freezing solid.

I've teased out some of the parameters you can pass to the application in the url to customize the start up display-- "centerx" and "centery" are the longitude and latitude of the center of the initially displayed map -- "zoom" is self explanatory. For maptype, you can use "roadmap", "hybrid" (satellite view), or "map_simple" (waterways only). You can also use a vessels mmsi identifier (try for example "mmsi=366999985" or "mmsi=366999982") alone after the aspx?  in the query to locate a specific ship.


My tool for measuring the thickness of the ice -- red = 3 inches, green = 6 inches


Current Jetstream Forecast and Surface Conditions -- Image by Environment Canada


Weather Links

Stevens Tech SSWS & NYHOPS Zone Forecast Tivoli Bay 15 Image 5 Day GFS Forecast
Northern Hemisphere 850 Temp  Regional Summary -- NY, NJ, CT, MA 5 Image 2 Day Forecast Maps
USA Radar from Intellicast Jetstream Forecast Snow and Precip Type Forecast Loop
NE US Radar from Intellicast Current Snow Depth Water Vapor Forecast Loop
Albany Storm Precipitation Totals SailFlow Wind Forecast for Kingston NY 3 - 7 Day US Hazards Outlook
Day 1 Quant Precip Forecast Map  WTEN Interactive Radar and Futurecast 10 day GFS Forecast
Day 2 Quant Precip Forecast Map Northeast Wind Speed (Kts) & Streamlines 31 Frame Forecast Animation
Day 3 Quant Precip Forecast Map Northeast Temperature 5° F Contour Quantitative Precipitation Discussion

Links to Field Reports of Ice Conditions

IDNIYRA Ice Conditions Reports

Saratoga Lake Ice Report

Yahoo Group  "IceReports"


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photo Copyright Brian Reid, December 2002



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HRIYC.ORG is neither the official website, nor am I the webmaster, of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. I am a long standing member of the Club and during the sailing season  I frequently post photographs and information on this, my own personal website, about current iceboating activity in the Hudson Valley and beyond. I am the sole person responsible for the presentation of content and the opinions expressed herein. Interesting photographic contributions are welcome and appreciated -- I spend most of my time on the ice skippering and far too often fail to capture the best images the day has to offer.       ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXIII