Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Building a Shed

Here is the shed I built last summer. Not so much related to the lake but may be interesting to some.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


I think we really got ice-in for the winter now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sebec Lake Ice-in

Looks like we had ice-in on Dec 14, 2008. If it lasts through the week then it's probably in for the winter.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winter Storm Warning

Snow is on the way -

The squirrelcam is down for maintenance.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sea Smoke

Take an air temperature of 6F, a Water temperature 39F and what do you get?...Sea Smoke or Evaporation Steam Fog - It occurs when cold, dry air comes in contact with the relatively warm water. Over the ocean in polar regions where the air is extremely cold during winter, stream fog is referred to as arctic sea smoke.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lake water temperature

Watching the lake water temperature is proving to be very interesting. The water temperature sensor is a few feet below the surface. The lake has been calm recently and the water temperature has settled to a steady 39-40 deg F. Yesterday (Monday) was windy and you see a dip in the blue lake temperature line because mixing occurred which drove some of the cooler water near the surface down to the sensor. I would say if you measured the temperature from the surface down to the sensor on a calm day you would find the temperature profile to look like that shown in the chart below where you would read temperature from the chart from left to right as the lake temperature profile from surface to the probe ending at 4C (39.2F). (image from:http://www.marietta.edu/~mcshaffd/aquatic/sextant/physden.gif)

When the wind mixes the water we begin to see an indication of the surface temperature which is probably near or just under 35 deg F presently. When the wind stopped like today the water again re-statifies: warmer 39F deg water goes to the bottom and water cooler than 39F goes back to the surface.