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2024 NICKERSON LAKE ICE-OUT CONTEST

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Winter on Nickerson Lake this year appears to be ending sooner than in previous years. We can gauge this by observing the thickness of the ice, which measures approximately 16-17 inches, compared to 22 inches at the same time last year and 33 inches in 2019.

Our ice-out contest will end sooner because of that … Last day to enter your prediction will be March 15, 2024. 

Enter your prediction for the Nickerson Lake Ice-Out date. Take a chance to become the 2024 Nickerson Lake CHAMPION!  

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A little background: 
Paul Porter designed the high tech apparatus shown in the picture that will determine the time of ice-out with split second accuracy.  

He and Al Cowperthwaite built the device which sets a new standard for ice-out detection equipment.

 

Resources for better prediction:
To help in this year’s prediction, refer to this record of ice-out dates since 1949. The Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has compiled information on state-wide ice out dates and similar information is on this page, provided by Lake Stewards of Maine. The US Geological Survey has issued this paper on the New England ice-out date trend.

2014 Ice-Out Apparatus

Paul Porter designed the high tech apparatus shown above that will determine the time of ice-out with split second accuracy. 

Ice-Out Schematic Drawing

Paul and Al Cowperthwaite built the device which sets a new standard for ice-out detection equipment. 

Explaining Time!

Paul explaining some of the more technical details of the Porter 2000X Ice-out-ometer to Jerry Hammond who maintained the equipment.

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