Ice-out*”   What the heck is an “Ice-out?”

A muskrat likes to swim in the open water after the long winter (just after the lake ice-out) as you can see in this photo.  Yup, we’re finally successful in shooting the pic of a muskrat swimming towards us on the lake (which, we think, is quite hard). This time, the tree branches in front of us become a good blind for us. Usually, once a muskrat notices us, it will dive into the water for a long time (like 10 minutes). Muskrats have big lungs, like beavers, so they can stay under the water for a long time. This pic was shot on April 8, 2006 at Lake Phalen, Maplewood, MN.  For Tanners Lake, Oakdale, MN, we believe ice-out happened either late April 6th or early April 7th, 2006.
  “Ice-out” means the beginning of spring for Minnesotans.

* What is “Ice-out?”
Minnesota’s Lake Ice-out Status < http://climate.umn.edu/doc/ice_out/ice_out_status_05.htm >   

Lake ice-outs**
March 16 - 17, 2012 Tanners Lake, March 17 - 18, 2012 Lake Phalen
April 11, 2011 Lake Phalen & most likely Tanners Lake
March 30, 2010 Lake Phalen & Tanners Lake
April 5 - 6, 2009 Tanners Lake, most likely Lake Phalen as well
April 21, 2008 Tanners Lake, most likely Lake Phalen as well
March 27 -28, 2007 Tanners Lake
April 6 - 7, 2006 Lake Phalen, Tanners Lake

Ice-out nears - Photos1  |  2  |  3  |  4    アイスアウト近し

** Please inform us of the dates when the lake ice-outs occurred if you know the exact dates.

modified: March 22, 2012
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