Nenana Ice Classic – All time record latest ice-out?


Every winter since 1917, people in Nenana, a village 55 miles southwest of Fairbanks, have wagered on the exact moment that the ice breaks up on the nearby Tanana River.

Down the memory hole to 2008.

The Ice Classic has given them a rare, reliable climate history that has documented to the minute the onset of the annual thaw as it shifted across 91 years. By this measure, spring comes to central Alaska 10 days earlier than in 1960, said geophysicist Martin Jeffries at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks — and that trend is accelerating. “The Nenana Ice Classic is a pretty good proxy for climate change in the 20th century,” Dr. Jeffries said.

Right now the ice is still in which makes this year a tie for the latest break-up ever. If the ice is in after midnight, it will be the latest breakup ever.

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5 Responses to Nenana Ice Classic – All time record latest ice-out?

  1. Jim22 says:

    Actually, it’s people all over Alaska that bet on what is known as the ‘Ice Pool’. I suspect that with the internet involved it’s probably international now.

    The idea of linking it to the global warming creeps is a masterpiece. Global warming making ice melt later – hah.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    The tripod is gone now. Looks like a tie for latest ice out.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    Latest break up ever!

    This was the longest breakup on record for the 97-year-old guessing game, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. It was three hours longer than the previous record set in 1964, when the ice went out at 11:41 a.m. May 20.

  4. Greg says:

    I was up in Fairbanks (Fort Wainwright) 74-76, Infantryman. Remember it well…