Skip to comments.Nenana Ice Classic now past 4th latest ice breakup
Posted on 05/15/2013 10:06:25 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
Reader Psalmon writes:
"Nenana River ice breakup nears top three latest dates in 97 years of contest."
It may have escaped notice, but this last Saturday the locals in Nanana, AK hooked up the clock to determine the breakup and winner of the annual Nenana Ice Classic. Further ice measurements were apparently suspended last Thursday with the last measurement of 40 inches (just).
If you think May 11 seems late for starting the countdown, it is.
After the fourth earliest breakup in 2012 (April 23), as of this afternoon on May 14th, the tripod still stands, making 2013 the fourth latest breakup in the 97 years of the contest. Only 1935 (May 15), 1945 (May 16), and 1964 (May 21) still rate longer.
Its hard to forget geophysicist Martin Jeffries at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks saying in 2009,
"The Nenana Ice Classic is a pretty good proxy for climate change in the 20th century."
Thanks for this info. I’ve been watching this every day but it doesn’t seem like the ice is ever going to go. I hope it sets a new record.
The Icy Nenana River (Ice Classic)
The Official Website of the
Nenana Ice Classic 2013
And if it doesn’t go?
If it doesn't go, I guess they'll have to roll the money over until next year. LOL! We used to play this "lottery" when I lived in Fairbanks. Sure wish I could have hit it once but I'm not that lucky.
Snow in the forecast for Fairbanks.
That reminds me, I didn’t get a Powerball ticket
FAIRBANKS The jackpot for the Nenana Ice Classic will be a record $338,062. Now, its just a matter of time before a winner or winners, as is usually the case is decided.
This quote is from the Palin-hating Alaska Dispatch in their article just posted
As Alaska river ice holds, Nenana Ice Classic may be headed for a record
“The annual guessing game began 97 years ago as a bet between railroad workers about when the river would start running come spring. Today, Alaskans pay $2.50 for a chance to guess the exact day, hour, and minute the ice on the Tanana River will go out pulling with it the famous red-and-white striped tripod, which stops a shore-mounted clock nearby. If nobody guesses the exact time, the closest guess wins, regardless of whether it is over or under the actual ice-out time. Ties share the jackpot, and frequently several tickets share the winning time.”
“Last year’s jackpot — won by Fairbanks’ Thomas Waters — was a record $350,000. Waters correctly guessed that the black and white tripod would fall at 7:39 p.m. on April 23, 2012. He walked away with $242,000 after taxes.”
Everybody sure is getting all kinds of ducks though. With on open water, they set down in small pools along the road. Other day, I kicked out between 400-500 ducks within a quarter mile of road from the ditches; most I've ever seen in that single spot, usually maybe 75; crazy season.
And if it doesnt go?
Somebody will depth charge the ice and get it flowing.
We don’t have the lottery here. This is big money.
I wish I was where you are. I miss that place.
The leaves aren’t out yet.
I had some. I’ve got to get up and go to work in the morning. LOL!
That would remind of the 80s movie, “Up The Creek” where the army guys blow up the river! LOL!
The snow has finally almost all melted. The geese and ducks ar waiting for the lakes to turn to water.
The whole movie is posted on GoogTube!
I will have to check it out.
Post link if possible.
Lakes in Wasilla still frozen over, nothing really green yet, all trees still lean and dirty brown looking, gonna be a bad fire season i suspect.
My motorcycles still have not come out of storage.
Business is so bad in the concrete circles my shop had its gas cut off for non payment, and the day temps are in the lower 50’s but the shop is actually around 45, and I think I just caught a bug as I usually keep some heat in the shop, at least 57. So I took the day off, the Accuweather extended forecast changes every day, two days ago they forecasted 70 degree days around Memorial day, now they are back peddling to a cooler forecast.
I needed a new pair of Carhartt insulated pants, Fred Meyers went seasonal and only has summer gear so I bought a pair from Amazon, even with shipping it was cheaper, gonna buy more thermal underwear as well, especially those heavyweight Moose Creek shirts, I think Alaska will have basically a year long winter.
Pisses me off the extremely limited amount of good cold weather clothing in Alaska and for only a limited time.
Watch the volcanoes. They are acting up. Have a game plan if they have a major eruption.
Now the AGW pimps have changed their tune, claiming that these gyrations are proof of global warming.
Ice fishing in the summer.....
The two volcanos are a long ways away. But the ash cloud pattern can be heading towards me. We actually still need spring rains to wash all the silt and road salt away, the roads are terrible, many more pavement breaks than usual a lot less road repair work going on.
My main bike is a 2009 Star 1300 tourer and it has less than 2000 miles on it since I bought it new, just not enough decent riding days in Alaska, grrrr.
Warm globally, cool locally!
Al Gore weeps.
I look forward to seeing the record broken in four days.
I watched it tonight.
I cannot believe I had missed it.
They blew up the river!
Where’s the river?
There’s the river!
Well, here in Eagle, Ak; the Yukon has flooded. Ice dam somewheres down river, water up maybe 70 feet from where it was last night. No ice blocks crushing anything yet, lets hope she goes out in a day or so. And yesterday, the fed guys here checking out the river said it wasn’t going to flood from their estimation, ha ha.
If the tripod is in the picture, the clock is still running. Now up to 2nd latest ever as this is written...
Does it ever flood?
Still going like the Energizer Bunny!
Blizzard Warnings for Alaska
Alaska Extremely unusual late-season snowfall possible
Thanks! I was looking at the Anchorage webcams. Early winter? LOL!
If the river doesn’t melt does that mean the cash prize will carry over to next year???
I might post this thread again on Monday.
Have ya ever seen an ice out of a big river where the ice is 5-6 feet thick? If it has been a cold late winter, then warms up too fast, the ice moves, gets stuck in bends and water back s up. Ice chunks the size of houses float on top of water and take everything in their way out, snaps tele poles like match sticks; crushes houses, vehicles, on and on. I’d never want water front property, I like dry land for high water. Ice chunks on the Yukon float in from river 1/4 mile; pretty much denudes the place. We haven’t had a big flood since 1930’s, had one 5 years back and again this year. My only problem is that they have to let the 40 foot high ice chunks melt, takes until mid July even with 80 degree temps, my road to the outside is closed, unless I want to ride a 4 wheeler 800 miles round trip to Fairbanks.
It’s always fun to read past predictions.
Where are those AGWers today screaming that the breaking of the record on May 20th indicates more warming?!?!?
I’m going to bet that the ice doesn’t break until May 31!
Winter returning to Alaska Record lows and heavy snow
A VERY STRONG COLD FRONT NOW IN THE WESTERN INTERIOR OF ALASKA WILL MOVE EAST THROUGH FAIRBANKS FRIDAY AND CONTINUE EAST TO THE CANADIAN BORDER BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK MAY 16 2013
WINTER RETURNING TO THE INTERIOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
SNOW WINDS AND RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES WILL ACCOMPANY THE COLD FRONT. AFTERNOON
I thought the tripod was going to go this weekend. It doesn’t look like it now.
Got hit with 6” of snow in Wasilla, more up towards Hatcher Pass, and even now most of it is melting fast.
Much more normal warmer temps are predicted starting even as early as tomorrow, may break 50 degrees, lots of sunshine. 60+ degree days the rest of the week, possibly our real first week of some form of summer.
By some standards Alaska may have a two year winter, I’m just saying....