Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hmm: As CO2 hits its highest level since 1958, Nenana Ice Classic threatens one of its latest breakup dates since 1907

Breakup watch: Nenana Ice Classic clock gets hooked up this weekend - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
This year's breakup is already one of the latest on record in the 97-year-old Ice Classic, which was started as a betting game between railroad engineers in 1917. The ice has gone out on May 11 or later only 16 times in 97 years.
If the ice holds through the weekend, this year's breakup will rank among the top 10 latest on record.
The latest breakup in Ice Classic history is May 20, 1964, one of the few winters that lasted longer than the current one. That year Fairbanks didn't have its first 50-degree day until May 23.
"I don't know if it's going to make it another 10 days or not," Forness said on Friday. "It might hang in there.
"It would be cool it if it did," she said.

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