Copyright John A. Sperr
February 19, 2013
Tivoli Bay is Done
All Boats Pulled off the Ice
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.
The north arrow labels in these ice flight photos are
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|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|
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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