Copyright John A. Sperr
Preserving and Sailing the Historic Gaff Rigged Ice Yachts of New York's Hudson River Valley
Saturday, January 18, 2014
January Thaw is Ending -- Arctic Cold Returns Tuesday
Still No Sailing
right click and select "view image" to see photos in full resolution
Sustained Arctic Cold in the Forecast
Long range forecasts abound today calling for a prolonged period of Arctic cold to overspread a broad area of the country in the coming weeks. In areas from the Dakotas, across Indiana, through Pennsylvania, east to Maine and beyond, sub-zero readings will be commonplace. Some models show temperatures well below normal through the middle of February. By mid-week, the low temperatures should be in the single digits with the highs struggling to reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Should it come to pass, it could create an ideal sheet of ice on the Hudson River producing conditions we have not seen since 1982 and 1994. Throw in a nor'easter or two, and it is going to be a busy and interesting month for watching the weather and the river.
Light nuisance snow is in the forecast for the next few days -- I'll try and get down to the Bay Sunday and assess what ice is left there. The January 17th Ice Flight photos are of excellent quality and show the near complete demise of the ice on the Hudson River north of Saugerties. Note how it is slowly being shuffled down the river over time. The field of smooth ice above the Green Flats near Cheviot finally lost its hold and drifted away. With the cold air arriving in force mid-week, the river may lock up once again next weekend and the die will be cast for our prospects for the remainder of the season.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Air flew the River January 4 and returned with a complete set of photos from West Point to Troy. Most of them were shot from the west side of the river which gives us iceboaters the most interesting perspective. This set seems to be zoomed out quite a bit and shows the big picture -- I've linked the present and previous flights below and right for quick access. The January 8th and 9th ice flights contain numerous location errors -- I will edit and annotate those files later today.
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