Some Ice In/Out History Detroit Lake
The ice-in date for 2014 for Detroit was Saturday, November 15th. The last year that it was this early was in 1997.
Since 1997 the earliest ice-in was November 20th and the average is November 29th, so we definitely interrupted a pattern of later ice-in dates.
In contrast, in the early and mid-1990's November ice-in dates occurred on the 3rd (1991), 8th (1993), 11th (1995), 12th (1996), and 15th (1997). Ice-in has taken place in October 5 times in the 105 year record for Detroit.
The latest ice-in date was December 16 in 1999.
2013 Ice-out Detroit Lake:
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We need warmer weather! Lake Detroiters weighed in with a 2013 May 5th ice-out day ... of course the latest ice-off since 1893 is May 17th which occurred in 1950. Only 14 times in 120 years has ice-out occurred in May.
PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Tollefson; Detroit Lake
Check out this article from the 1996 Detroit Lakes Newspaper:
2016 Ice-out Information
Official 2016 ice-out on Detroit Lake was Tuesday, March 29th and the fourth earliest in the 133 years of record keeping. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT
2013 proves to be late for ice-out. It's May 5th and ice remains on the lake. The Detroit Lakes Newspapers has accumulated data since 1893 on ice-out and freeze dates.
Only 8 times in the last 120 years for Detroit Lake has ice still been on the lake May 5th.
More rare ... only 4 times in the last 120 years has there been ice on the lake AFTER May 5th .... now 2013 will be the 6th time since 1893!
The latest ice-out ==> 1956 on May 17th according to the Detroit Lakes Newspapers.