Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A frost at last.....but will it last....

Travelled through Central yesterday - beautiful day and no hint of ice on Coalpit, Idaburn or the Manorburn dams.  Warm temps.  This morning was a good frost though which put a thin sheet of ice on part of the Lower Monorburn.  C'mon the frost!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thin Ice

Passed through Alex today and checked the Manorburn. A skim of thin ice in the main area and in some other places. Unfortunately it was all melting in the warm temperatures and drizzle. :-(
Does not look very wintery in Central.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Wishfull Thinking

Still waiting for the the cold. Visited the Lower Manorburn today after a frost or two. Thin sheet ice in the gorge part of the dam but nothing elsewhere. At least I got to break some ice in the puddles! Skates are sharp and ready to go!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Waiting for ice

Hoffmans Dam waiting for a freeze!

After the warmest May for many years (2nd warmest since records began in NZ I think) we are still waiting for signs that winter is here for 2011. Visited the Naseby area during the weekend and took time out to check out local conditions. The local ice rink (man made) had hoped to open but were still waiting for frosty weather before they make ice. Coalpit Dam (a known natural skating area) water temperature was 5.2 degrees and Hoffmans Dam 5.5. We had one frosty morning and I saw my first thin ice of this year on Lower Coalpit Dam. Still a long way off but hoping!!!

A thin sliver of ice on lower Coalpit Dam