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Friday, January 28, 2011
If you haven’t heard me say it, I repeat, it has been wickedly cold here. In the 30+ years I have lived “down the shore“, the bay has frozen but only a handful of times. Currently, it is frozen. During the freezing process and while low tide is occurring, the surface water will freeze over. 6 hours later when the waters of high tide roll in, and if the ice isn’t thick enough, the water from this stronger tide will crack and break up the ice, washing it ashore. If temperatures remain below the freezing point for an extended period of time, the bay, regardless of the current tide, will freeze completely over. As you can see, this process takes several days and many tides, to occur.