Skip to comments.Homer ready to fish, but frozen harbor won't cooperate
Posted on 03/16/2007 11:59:53 AM PDT by george76
ANCHORAGE ON TRACK TO SET RECORD FOR COLDEST MARCH
Most winters, Norm Anderson merely has to climb aboard his boat in the harbor and make sure his oil-pan heater is still keeping the engine warm before he turns over the F/V Sea Otter for a winter king fishing excursion.
"The ice is killing me," Anderson said. "I've had to cancel close to 50 trips this winter because I just can't get out of the harbor."
A frozen harbor is nothing new around Homer. In fact, Homer Harbormaster Steve Dean said it's actually fairly normal. The difference this year, however, is how late the ice is sticking around.
"Its a little later in the year for ice to be socked in the harbor," Dean said. "It usually happens sometime in December or January."
Anderson agreed, noting that he has been chartering since the mid-1990s and fishing the area for more than 20 years.
"Certain years, it just freezes up and you deal with it," he said. "But this one has lasted for a while, and it's costing me tens of thousands of dollars."
And for those looking for a reprieve from the imprisoning ice, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Sam Albanese with the Anchorage office has some bad news: The low temperatures should last for days more.
"Right now, you guys in Homer are quite a bit off normal, with your low temperatures and high temperatures running around 15 degrees colder than usual,"
"Currently, both our response harbor tug and our skiff are completely frozen in," Dean said.
With more than six inches of ice surrounding some boats, some owners are walking around their boats and between floats on the frozen harbor surface.
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An Inconvenient Ice
Globull Warming is a real bitch somedays..........
Don't you know it has been the WARMEST winter EVER! Nothing to see here, move along.
But I thought this was the warmest winter ever! (as NYC is getting up to 12 inches of snow in mid-March!)
I've walked those docks back in the early 70's. Many crab and shrimp met stomach working at the cannery way back when...
Homer stay indoors, drink DUFF (tm)!
An Inconvenient Ice
I see that Jet Blue is canceling hundreds ? of flights again because of the pending East Coast snow and ice storm ?
The ski area by Girdwood was setting new snow records a while ago .
Homer wants fish!
Let me be the first to say that it is Bush's fault!!!!
Alaska. Winter. Ice. Who knew?
Just got one of those "Spring is here" emails complete with little Johnny playing in the dirt.
I sent them back a image of the 3 feet of snow covering my garden. It's going to be awhile before I see any dirt.....sigh.
We are starting seeds in hopes of getting something to grow this year.
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