2005-2006 Rink weather stories from the rink diaries:
January 20, 2006 – 11° C ice quite thick (don’t know how thick) covered in water by 11am
January 27, 2006 - sunny day, 3 degrees, ice softer in afternoon but fine by skating lessons time (4 p.m.)
January 28, 2006 - Sunny, 8 degrees. 3.30zamboni drivers charted in book that they watched rink staff scraping slush off the ice. 7.30 - Zamboni driver also critical of rink staff for manually scraping slush off the ice, saying it left marks. No marks visible. 10 p.m. ice smooth.
February 17, 2006 - 11 p.m.Temperature minus 9 but compressor running. I guess the ice is so thick the compressors can’t tell the temperature.
February 23, 2006 - 3.00 p.m. It’s 4 degrees celsius and the sun was out for a while. Now it’s clouded in but the damage was done – the ice is mush all over.
February 26, 2006 - – it’s minus 7 C. Sun and cloud. The ice is hard in most places except along the boards. There are wet craters along there, where you can put your foot deep down. Craters with water, at minus 7?! And the compressors are running.
March 4, 2006 - Bright sunshine today, and 2 degrees celsius. Bad weather for outdoor rinks.
March 5, 2006 - 10 a.m. Sunny. Nice ice but already melted along the boards.
March 11, 2006 – sunny 10° C - 7.30 p.m. You can't keep rinks open if you don't take care of them. Tonight our rink is open because it was scraped by the zamboni at 8 a.m., scraped again from 12.30 to 2 (14 loads of snow off), closed for the afternoon, scraped again at 6.30, reopened at 6.50 p.m.. Now the ice is FINE.