Pete Boulay of the state climatology office called this morning to get my thoughts on the ice-out record at Mille Lacs.
As a result, you’ll see the record change in coming days to May 15, 1950.
They apparently knew the records on the DNR site (May 7 and May 8) were earlier than the 1950 ice-out, when records across northern Minnesota were set, but they didn’t have any good evidence for the date at Mille Lacs
I referred him to my May 1 column where I laid out the evidence for May 15, and he said he was going to change the record on the DNR’s website.
So when you hear weathermen announce today that Mille Lacs set the ice-out record, don’t believe them. We’ve got a ways to go yet.