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2022 NICKERSON LAKE ICE-OUT CONTEST

The CHAMPION of the tenth annual Nickerson Lake ice-out contest: Martha Mclaughlin !!!
CONGRATULATIONS
Ice-out time was 10:39 AM Sunday, April 24, and Martha’s prediction was at 10:34 AM on that same day. Congratulations, Martha!!
Thanks to those others who made entries! 

The story of Nickerson Lake Ice-Out Machine!



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 supplied by Al Putnam. 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.


Read the article: Two Magic Maine Words: Ice out! in the Bangor Daily News from 2014 featuring Nickerson Lake’s elaborate system to make our annual ice-out contest more official.

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.

The Treasure Chest

This year, the treasure chest contents are truly spectacular: rope! flashlight! cups! jar opener! sailboat decoration! fly dope! travel pack! Houlton Farms Dairy t-shirt! and much more!

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