It’s official. Ice went out on Lake Sunapee on Thursday, March 22, 2012, which is the earliest date recorded since charting began in 1869.
As of noon on March 22, the main body of Lake Sunapee still had large floating masses of thin ice, Charleen Osborne said.
“Sometime between 1 and 2 [p.m.] ice went out of Georges Mills Harbor. By 3:30 all that was found was a section of floating ice about 12-foot by 12-foot. ‘Ice Out’ has been officially reported and recorded in the Sunapee Town Office.”
The e-message sent by the town on March 22 said, “Richard Osborne and his family have declared our ice out date for Lake Sunapee… Ice out is declared when a boat is able to navigate from Georges Mills to Newbury.”