Not too bad of a day on Saturday. A few minutes of sunshine mixed in with some snow flurries, but mostly just cloudy and gray. The mercury managed to briefly crawl above the freezing mark in the mid-afternoon. Sunday is starting out with another fresh inch of snow, gray sky, and the coldest temperature so far this fall at +4F. The last of the open water on the lake is giving off its heat in a thick steam cloud. Looking at the 7 day forecast, which now extends through the 25th, the chance of this early ice-in melting to create open water again is slim to none. Most afternoons are at or below freezing, and a number of overnight lows are in the -10C range. Nothing there to melt the already formed ice. My bet is boating is done, get out the snowmobiles and get them tuned up.
The lake depth and water temperature chart on the weather page is complete for this year. The gauges have been removed from the lake. Keep an eye out for the snowmobile trails condition map to start being updated daily on the Trails page.
The snow depth pole in the store webcam has been installed for the witner. Each red and white band represents 6 inches of depth. It is indicating 10 inches of snow today.
Two new "friends" appeared in the yard Saturday morning. A couple of black, lop-eared hounds that seemed pretty puppy-like. After an hour or so I grabbed one of them and got the phone number off the collar. Turned out they had been missing since Friday afternoon. They were successfully re-united with their owner later in the day Saturday.
Not sure what is happening with this, but the on-line system for purchasing hunting and fishing licenses in Ontario will be down from November 19th through November 25th. Seems to me like they have a pretty weak IT staff for something like that to be off-line for 7 days. Should be more like 7 minutes.
The Rally of the Tall Pines is the weekend of November 23-24-25. We welcome all of the crew members and volunteers who will be staying here again this year. Always a fun weekend. If this weather holds, the roads will be frozen solid and covered with packed snow.
Bass season ends November 30. Lake trout season begins again on January 1.
Very little to talk about on the real estate front. Everything except #310, water access in Greens Bay has sold.