Monday, March 15, 2010
Ice Quake Update
First I'm going to give you the bad news. It seems the phenomena known as an ice quake just doesn't happen every year. This year the ice has been melting in such a way that it all turned into slush before we could get the violent cracking that creates an ice quake. You can see in the picture that the ice is already melting fast.
With recent rain we've had for the past few days, I'm guessing that the ice is melted even further, and there just won't be enough ice for an ice quake this year. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am by this turn of events. I was really looking forward to showing you and letting you hear something very special. But don't worry. All is not lost!
At the beginning of winter there was a small version of an ice quake! I didn't share it with you at the time because it wasn't the big quake that I was waiting for. Plus I was saving it as a backup just in case the unthinkable happened, which it did. So for this episode of Rat TV I have a small ice quake for you!
There aren't any impressive visuals in this one, but the sound of the quake is there. Listen closely at 2, 9, and 21 seconds into the video, and you will hear the cracking sounds of the ice. They were hard to pick up that day because there was a plane passing by overhead, but they are clearly audible. There are other smaller cracking sounds in between if you listen very closely.
So even though there was no big ice quake, there was at least this small one last December. And just because I didn't get one here doesn't mean you won't get one where you live. Also I'm not the only one to have ever experienced one of the ice quakes. The Retired One, after reading my original story from almost exactly a year ago, went down to her lake and got to experience her very own ice quake. You can do it too.
So I'll be going out to the same place as soon as I can today to check the condition of the lake. I'm sure there will still be ice, but the rain will have melted it away even more than it is now. No ice quake this year. But I urge you to go back and look at my post from a year ago to read about my description of the ice quake from back then. This could very well be the last true winter post I'll have for you this year. It's gone. All gone...
"Ice Quake" - from March 17, 2009