Monday, February 17, 2014

Iced In

Iced in?
Well, sort of.
I've heard the tales from my father and others about frigid winters in the city. 
How cold was it?
It was so nasty that Portland Harbor froze over, and you could actually walk the 3 miles or so to Peaks Island. My father said he did it with friends. I don't think I'd attempt that these days, but in my youth... I do think I'm a bit smarter today then back a few years. Elenka has regaled me of the time she and friends walked across Sebago Lake in the dead of night. Knowing her cautious nature, I've got to believe some alcohol was involved in this episode. The harbor does freeze over from time to time though. I do remember seeing a good deal of the harbor solid ice sometime in the Seventies, not all the way to Peaks though.
The scene depicted here today was after a stretch of below 0° temperatures for a couple of days straight.
All I can say is, if it froze to Peaks, that must have been some bone chillin' weather. 
What's up with winter?
We just returned from a snowy wedding in Jersey, and there was more snow there this year than I've ever seen.

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that is some frigid weather!! Didn't they have to break up the ice in Portland Harbor so that the ferries could run one winter, maybe it was in the 80's?...In my younger day we used to walk across the Orono train trestle at night...What were we thinking? (we weren't) Stay warm!

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  2. When I worked in Chicago I remember seeing the Chicago River frozen over solid just once while I was there. I wouldn't attempt to walk on it though. In fact, on days like that I always walked to work through the underground tunnels so that I didn't have to go outside at all.

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  3. heard lake superior was doing the hard freeze this winter. brrr...

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  4. 7 C and a clear blue sky in Haninge today. All snow is long gone.

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  5. Looks way too cold for me. The only ice I like to see is in a Martini glass.

    Re your comment about bears: It was a bowling bear and upset 'cause it threw a gutter ball!

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  6. Once in my life I'd like to see a frozen sea.And walk on it .. It must be impressive! My sea is blue all year long, even in winter..

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  7. I've only ever seen the Baltic sea frozen in Germany and of course, I loved it.

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  8. I heard that most of the Great Lakes except Lake Ontario are frozen over this year!

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  9. Ahh...February the "Snow Month"....There's always Florida in April? At a balmy 86 degrees...

    Lakeland Checks In

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  10. I'll bet there was more ice before you arrived. Nice shot.

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  11. A beautiful shot. Hard for me to imagine all of that ice.

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  12. You wouldn't catch me walking across any ice, alcohol or no alcohol! Regarding your question about the Spanish moss choking the life from plants, you would think that would be the case, but I've never seen it happen. There's hardly a bush, plant or tree around here without any moss on it and they don't seem to be affected.

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  13. You have an overabundance of snow and we have an overabundance of sun, it could get pretty messy if the two were to meet :)

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  14. If a life-long New Englander like you says there is more snow this year than you have ever seen, then I pay attention. Even more than 1969 and 1978, the most I have ever seen? (I was south in 2010, which was pretty nasty, too.)

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