Copyright John A. Sperr
Preserving and Sailing the Historic Gaff Rigged Ice Yachts of New York's Hudson River Valley
Sunday, January 24, 2016
No Sailing Yet
Snow to our South
Weak Ice on South Tivoli Bay
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The warm weather continues here in the Hudson Valley. Two weeks ago, it was mild and rainy until a sharp cold front pushed across the valley accompanied by lightning, thunder, hail, and a ten minute downpour.
To our south, the big blizzard of 2016 brought record snowfall yesterday to the coastal cities. The cutoff line of this storm was sharp as it ran up against a very cold and dry high pressure air mass firmly entrenched over us -- consequently, we received no snow here in northern Dutchess County. From Newburgh south however, there were significant accumulations -- the Navesink at Red Bank is a slushy soup that may not get a chance to freeze as warmer weather and strong tides will prevail mid-week and hinder the setting of a sheet of ice there.
The south end of Tivoli Bay is barely three inches thick -- with the river nearly wide open and no significant arctic air on the map, it has been difficult to make ice. Again this week, the daily average temperatures will be above the magic number of 20F and we will lose ice. See Larry Cosgrove's site (linked above) for a comprehensive discussion of a possible pattern change to much colder weather come mid February.
Recent Photo Albums
Ice Flight Photos
River is free flowing with a skim of drift ice
Web Page Archives
|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||US Hazardous Weather 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||US Temperature 5° F Contour||Quantitative Precipitation Discussion|
Links to Field Reports of Ice Conditions
IDNIYRA Ice Conditions Reports
Yahoo Group "IceReports"
Iceboat Launch Site
Maps & Directory for the Eastern US
Note: new racing rules were adopted in 2015
Galatea's runner plank failed where the plank was bored for the gammon strap through some very funky wood. Rigging carried the left side runner and plank across the boat.
With no gammon strap securing the backbone, the cockpit rolled with the mast and the rim broke.
Pilot and passenger were gently ejected into the sail. No injuries were sustained. photo Copyright Dock Shuter, Feb 2010
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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 of the day. ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXVI