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Nenana Ice Classic now past 4th latest ice breakup
Watts Up With That? ^ | 14MAY2013 | Anthony Watts

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.

It’s 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."

Sage insight.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alaska
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As of yesterday the ice was measured at about 40 inches thick! I think the 21MAY record is going to be broken.
1 posted on 05/15/2013 10:06:25 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


2 posted on 05/15/2013 10:08:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The Icy Nenana River (Ice Classic)
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/15/the-icy-nenana-river/

The Official Website of the
Nenana Ice Classic 2013
http://www.nenanaakiceclassic.com/


3 posted on 05/15/2013 10:08:36 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

And if it doesn’t go?


4 posted on 05/15/2013 10:08:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I just checked the latest web cam picture. There is some melting along the side of the river.

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.

5 posted on 05/15/2013 10:15:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Snow in the forecast for Fairbanks.


6 posted on 05/15/2013 10:15:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: FlingWingFlyer

That reminds me, I didn’t get a Powerball ticket


7 posted on 05/15/2013 10:16:30 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Nenana-Ice-Classic-Will-Have-Record-Jackpot-120709544.html?m=y

FAIRBANKS — The jackpot for the Nenana Ice Classic will be a record $338,062. Now, it’s 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.”


8 posted on 05/15/2013 10:16:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
The Klondike upriver in Dawson went out, the Yukon here at the border has some water on top but nowhere near ice out yet; latest it has ever went out I do think. Hope she doesn't let loose within nx week. Three years back, it clogged up downriver a few miles and backed up, water come up 30 feet over where it normally does, washed the old village away. Ice didn't melt off our road until July so we were stuck riding 4 wheelers everywhere. I usually have my potatoes in by May 12th, still snow everywhere this season.

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.

9 posted on 05/15/2013 10:16:57 PM PDT by Eska
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And if it doesn’t go?

Somebody will depth charge the ice and get it flowing.

We don’t have the lottery here. This is big money.


10 posted on 05/15/2013 10:17:34 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

I wish I was where you are. I miss that place.


11 posted on 05/15/2013 10:17:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The leaves aren’t out yet.


12 posted on 05/15/2013 10:18:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GeronL

I had some. I’ve got to get up and go to work in the morning. LOL!


13 posted on 05/15/2013 10:18:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

That would remind of the 80s movie, “Up The Creek” where the army guys blow up the river! LOL!


14 posted on 05/15/2013 10:19:12 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The snow has finally almost all melted. The geese and ducks ar waiting for the lakes to turn to water.


15 posted on 05/15/2013 10:19:15 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The whole movie is posted on GoogTube!


16 posted on 05/15/2013 10:21:50 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I will have to check it out.


17 posted on 05/15/2013 10:29:13 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Post link if possible.


18 posted on 05/15/2013 10:32:30 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9We3WjG3KwE


19 posted on 05/15/2013 10:38:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Many thanks!


20 posted on 05/15/2013 10:39:58 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

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.


21 posted on 05/15/2013 10:55:45 PM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors.)
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I've just returned home to Pocatello from San Diego. I ride my Fat Bob to/from work nearly daily in San Diego. The F150 4x4 is on standby for rainy days. Pocatello is alternating between hot days and thunderstorms right now. The roads still have lots of gravel on top of the asphalt, so extra care is required on the bike. That is always the case on the rural roads where gravel driveways meet asphalt roads. My son has dropped two bikes due to the gravel (and his inexperience).

Watch the volcanoes. They are acting up. Have a game plan if they have a major eruption.

22 posted on 05/15/2013 11:14:10 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Jack Hydrazine
It’s 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."

Now the AGW pimps have changed their tune, claiming that these gyrations are proof of global warming.

23 posted on 05/16/2013 3:26:55 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Jack Hydrazine
And if it doesn’t go?

Ice fishing in the summer.....

24 posted on 05/16/2013 4:26:15 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Myrddin

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.


25 posted on 05/16/2013 6:10:59 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors.)
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To: dirtboy

Warm globally, cool locally!


26 posted on 05/16/2013 6:48:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Al Gore weeps.


27 posted on 05/16/2013 6:49:36 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (ok)
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To: Spartan302
I have a 2007 Yamaha Roadliner with 1800 miles on it. I'm never home to enjoy it. The two Harleys and Kawasaki Versys racked up over 40,000 miles on San Diego freeways since August 2009 (even with a 5 month break at home in Idaho in 2010). Most of that was commuting. Only one big trip on the Fat Bob in August 2012 when I traveled home from San Diego to Pocatello. That was a rugged introduction to long distance rides. Before that departure, my longest single day ride had been just over 100 miles. The return trip from Pocatello to San Diego included an overnight stay at Barstow, CA. That was 750 miles in one day. I wasn't physically up to another 150 miles in the darkness.
28 posted on 05/16/2013 3:05:48 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Well, it's broken the May 16 record, thus making this the second-longest record. On to May 20! (BTW, it's May 20, not 21, per the website )
29 posted on 05/16/2013 4:15:32 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Alrighty then!

I look forward to seeing the record broken in four days.


30 posted on 05/16/2013 8:04:45 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks.

I watched it tonight.

I cannot believe I had missed it.

They blew up the river!


31 posted on 05/16/2013 10:03:33 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Where’s the river?

There’s the river!


32 posted on 05/17/2013 5:28:15 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


33 posted on 05/17/2013 6:38:04 AM PDT by Eska
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Live Picture

If the tripod is in the picture, the clock is still running. Now up to 2nd latest ever as this is written...

34 posted on 05/17/2013 1:05:21 PM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: Eska

Does it ever flood?


35 posted on 05/17/2013 7:47:26 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: tpmintx

Still going like the Energizer Bunny!


36 posted on 05/17/2013 7:47:51 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Blizzard Warnings for Alaska
http://iceagenow.info/2013/05/blizzard-warnings-alaska/

Alaska – “Extremely unusual” late-season snowfall possible
http://iceagenow.info/2013/05/alaska-extremely-unusual-late-season-snowfall/


37 posted on 05/17/2013 8:06:01 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks! I was looking at the Anchorage webcams. Early winter? LOL!


38 posted on 05/17/2013 8:59:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If the river doesn’t melt does that mean the cash prize will carry over to next year???


39 posted on 05/17/2013 9:18:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I might post this thread again on Monday.


40 posted on 05/17/2013 9:19:29 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


41 posted on 05/17/2013 9:45:34 PM PDT by Eska
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Ice-Tsunami" in Lake Mille Lacs


42 posted on 05/17/2013 9:50:22 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: Eska

Wow!


43 posted on 05/18/2013 4:59:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

http://discovermagazine.com/2002/may/featworks

It’s always fun to read past predictions.


44 posted on 05/18/2013 5:54:09 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Where are those AGWers today screaming that the breaking of the record on May 20th indicates more warming?!?!?


45 posted on 05/18/2013 7:19:47 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Black Agnes

I’m going to bet that the ice doesn’t break until May 31!


46 posted on 05/18/2013 7:21:03 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Winter returning to Alaska – Record lows and heavy snow
http://iceagenow.info/2013/05/winter-returning-alaska-%E2%80%93-record-lows-heavy-snow/

(excerpt)
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


47 posted on 05/18/2013 7:27:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I thought the tripod was going to go this weekend. It doesn’t look like it now.


48 posted on 05/18/2013 7:30:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


49 posted on 05/18/2013 7:34:51 PM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

By some standards Alaska may have a two year winter, I’m just saying....


50 posted on 05/18/2013 7:36:07 PM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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