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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Caretaker's Concern for 4/20/2010

TCC for 4/20/10:

Photos from yesterday the 19th:

Down in Albany, they say that the Shad are running the Hudson because of this white flower, or something like that.

Before there was the blog the Caretaker sent out posts via e-mail, the following is from the Caretaker's second winter on the Island:

Island Ice Report for 2/09/07:

Outside temp: 22 F
Ghetto temp: 60 F
Wind: N to NW, 5 mph occasional gusts up to 20 mph
Sky: mostly sunny with a few clouds
Precipitation: none

Mostly sunny day here today, the Lake is continuing to drop, quite a bit of ice movement with the accompanying noise. One of the interesting things about being here in the winter is the lack of water noise. During the water months (when there is no ice) there is usually a constant sound of wind and the lap of water on the Island's shore. There are times when it is dead calm, but more often than not there is some amount of wind and some amount of wave action. However, when there is ice, the Lake is mostly silent, there is still the wind at times, but obviously no wave action. Being so accustomed to the sound of the waves the silence of the ice is rather noticeable, much like the volume of silence after having spent sometime by a loud water fall. The silence of the ice is punctuated by occasional rumbles due to the ice shifting, at times it sounds like thunder. Today the ice is making quite a bit of noise due to the Lake level dropping, pressure from the wind gusts, and the heat from the sun. We are continuing to lose snow here, so far, all forecasts for it have been nothing but lies. Meanwhile, up North they're getting 6 to 8 feet of snow. The Caretaker may have to go on a field trip some time soon.

There have been some comments on the temperature difference between here and say places South, I am no expert but here is my most ignorant opinion. One possible contributing factor is that if water behaves the same whether boiled or frozen then the Island is surrounded by ice that is maintaining roughly 32 degrees and so it will keep the Island warmer than the surrounding areas. I don't know if this is the case, but the other reason it is usually warmer here is that the ice eaters keep a considerable amount of water open and they draw up warmer water from below the ice, albeit not much warmer than the ice, but it is still warmer. Other than that, the Caretaker don't no.

In yesterday's pictures a face was seen in the photo of the sun through the clouds and the outline of a moose was seen in the photo of Calves pen. These sightings were by separate people. What do you see?

Have a good weekend.

--The Caretaker

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