This news was handed down today from our Umbrella organization at the Chamber of Commerce.
Due to no ice, we will be using our alternate date of February 21st for the Ice Tee Golf Tournament. There is still a very good possibility that there will be no ice or unsafe ice for the alternate date. We will make a final decision by Monday, February 8th. We do consult with the National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY for long range weather and temperature forecasts. Some area ponds are starting to get ice, however it will be back up in the 40’s by the weekend. There have been 2 years out of the last 5 that we haven’t had safe ice on the lake for January or February. It looks like this could be another one of those years.
STRONG EL NINO CONDITIONS PERSIST ACROSS THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN WHICH IS EVIDENT IN BOTH OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC DATA. THE ONGOING EL NINO IS LIKELY AT ITS PEAK, WITH A TRANSITION TO ENSO-NEUTRAL EXPECTED DURING THE LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER 2016. ODDS OF LA NINA DEVELOPING BY NEXT WINTER ARE ELEVATED COMPARED TO LAST MONTH.