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Weather Summaries from our Diaries
posted February 03, 2007
The most conclusive evidence is from this December when we had decidedly November like conditions (in terms of temperature) and the ice was fine. March has always required extensive maintenance in order to salvage any ice. Problems have generally started in mid to late February, and were at their worst last winter when the ice was so thick.
2006-2007 Rink weather stories from the rink diaries:
November 19, 2006 – Harbourfront rink opens. They started flooding on Tuesday Nov.14, but on Thursday Nov.16 there was a big rain, so they lost some of their ice. On Friday Nov.17 the ice was still pretty thin, but solid.
November 28, 2006 - High: 10, low 5 celsius. Dufferin Rink had the compressors turned on in the morning.
November 29, 2006 - High 16, cloudy, low 13. Harbourfront ice holding -- no puddles, more than 100 skaters on in the evening. - Ice maintenance crew flooded at Dufferin but nothing froze.
November 30, 2006 - High 15, low 2. Rain off and on. The temperature started out very warm but by mid-afternoon it dropped to 5. By evening, Dufferin Rink began to show patches of ice.
December 1, 2006 - High 4, low 1. Steady rain all day until late afternoon. The rink is very dirty and by nighttime the dirt had all frozen into the ice, plus some leaves. But the ice was hard -- looked like about half an inch.
December 2, 2006 - High 2, low minus 1. Cloudy. Zamboni driver Roger Doble started going around the rink with the zamboni from 6.30 am. Rink opened at 10.15, lots of people.
December 3, 2006 - High 1, low minus 3. Cloudy. Ice was fine but a bit chopped up.
December 4, 2006 - High 0, low minus 4. Sun and cloud. Ice is better as it gets a bit thicker.
December 10, 2006 - High 8, low 0 Celsius. Sunny all day. The ice was in good condition, although slow, with only a narrow bit of slushy ice along the boards during the middle of the day.
December 12, 2006 - High 9 celsius, cloudy all day. Ice sticky but hard. Low 3.
December 14, 2006 - High 12 celsius, low 1, sun and cloud. Ice fine
December 15, 2006 - High 10 celsius, low 1, mostly cloudy, a few very light showers. Ice is fine again.
December 16, 2006 - High 6 celsius, sunny with cloudy periods, low 2. Rink very crowded. Good ice.
December 17, 2006 - High 13 celsius, sunny with some clouds, low 1. Rink very crowded, but ice is quite good.
December 18, 2006 - High 7 celsius, low minus 1. Mostly cloudy. The ice was good except where a lot of water was put on by the zamboni in the afternoon -- took a long time to harden, and hardened into little bumps.
December 21, 2006 - High 7 celsius, low 1. Ice in good condition.
December 24, 2006 - High 6 celsius, low minus 1. Sunny all day, but the ice was fine -- water on top beside the boards but not mushy.
January 2, 2007 - A beautifully sunny day, high 6 celsius, low minus 2. Good ice at this rink and everywhere else.
January 3, 2007 - High 8 celsius, cloud and sun, low 0. Ice in excellent condition, but rink too full.
January 6, 2007 - High 11, then going down. Low 1. Rain stopped about noon. Ice had a bit of extra moisture but was never soaked.