Copyright John A. Sperr
Friday, January 3, 2014
6 - 10 Inches of new Drifting Snow
Brief Arctic ( -5 F ) Intrusion Tonight / Tomorrow AM
No Sailing Yet
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Blowing and Drifting Snow
More Snow Sunday -- No Sailing Yet
Light snow began Wednesday evening and continued through daybreak this morning. There's about 6" in the driveway -- I suspect the real total was higher and that much of it drifted into the woods last night. The center of low pressure hovered nearly stationary all day over Virginia before jumping off the coast late in the day -- it then rocketed east well off the coast as it bombed into a powerful nor'easter. Cape Cod to Downeast Maine took the brunt of the action with heavy snow and punishing seas.
Sub-zero arctic air is flowing in behind the departing storm, but it looks to quickly depart by Saturday evening. View the 10 day GFS forecast images in the Weather Links for the full details. The National Weather Service says this coming week will be the coldest outbreak since 1994. That was a good year for iceboating -- there was ice in New York Harbor and we actually sailed for a few days just north of Croton Point in Haverstraw Bay on the east side of the river before the weather warmed and the powerful thermal discharge from the Indian Point Nuclear Plant took the ice out. We moved 70 miles up the river to a sheet of ice that measured 30 inches in thickness and nearly ten miles in length at North Germantown. We assembled the historic yacht JACK FROST on the River for the first time since 1982. The ice lasted nearly a month -- we sailed on a sunny Sunday afternoon and the next day it was gone -- blue water greeted the stragglers at the dock.
We'll get out and start exploring later in the day once the roads improve. Perhaps the ice off of Astor Point or Cheviot will prove to be the largest beneficiaries of this round of weather. More snow is forecast for Sunday night.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Air pilots have been busy making regular reconnaissance flights and publishing good photos in areas where there is ice -- I've linked them below and right for quick access.
I highly commend to you fellow iceboater Brian Reid's new blog -- I can now retire to Maine in peace knowing someone else has taken up the mantle here in the Hudson Valley.
Recent Photo Albums
Aerial Photos of the Ice
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program regularly flies the river when ice conditions warrant and makes the resulting photos available for public use. Sometimes I edit and annotate them to point out interesting features.
Web Page Archives
Maine Sunset at our Wild Blueberry Farm in Sedgwick -- October 2013
|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||Saugerties Lighthouse Live Image||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"
photo Copyright Brian Reid, December 2002
Email John Sperr
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 of the day. ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXIV