Earliest ‘ice out’ declared on Lake Winnipesaukee

Posted March 23, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s unique hallmark of spring — ice-out on Lake Winnipesaukee — has been declared, the earliest on record.

Ice-out signals when the M.S. Mount Washington cruise ship can leave its Meredith winter dock and travel the state’s largest lake unimpeded by ice floes.

Before Friday’s announcement, the earliest recorded Ice-Out was in 2010, when it was called on March 24. Before that, the earliest ice-out recorded was on March 29, 1921. The latest ice-out was called May 12, 1887.

Ice-out is determined by air from by Emerson Aviation.

The Mount Washington’s first public cruise is the annual Mother’s Day. Each year the 230-foot boat offers daily scenic cruises as well as evening dinner and dance cruises from the ship’s summer homeport of Weirs Beach.

Snow rangers warn of falling ice on Mt. Washington

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. — U.S. Forest Service snow rangers are warning people that this week’s record heat has quickly changed snow conditions on Mount Washington, sending some ice crashing to the ground.

Jeff Lane tells WMWV radio the danger of falling ice is especially a concern in the Tuckerman and Huntington ravines. He said a popular sitting area known as the Lunch Rocks also is in the path of huge amounts of falling ice.

Mountaineers are advised to avoid thin spots near rocks and bushes, crevasses and waterfall holes.

NH’s Hampton Beach packed in summerlike weather

HAMPTON, N.H. — March usually doesn’t provide great beach weather in New Hampshire — but hundreds of people gathered at Hampton Beach as temperatures soared into the 80s this week.

It looked like summer at the beach on Thursday, although the water temperature was still in the 40s.

Police said they had extra patrols out to ensure safety. There were some arrests Thursday afternoon.

Highs Friday were expected to stay mainly in the 60s — still a good 15 degrees above normal.

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