How Cold at Your Pond?

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by JB, Jan 15, 2009.

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    JB Guest

    I'm located in central Arkansas. They're predicting lows of 13 on Thursday
    night, the coldest so far. Just curious, what's the temperature like at your


    JB, Jan 15, 2009
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  2. They are predicting 28 here in north Florida.
    Galen Hekhuis, Jan 15, 2009
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  3. We are in Jackson MS. The prediction for Thursday night is 16
    degrees. It got to 35 today, according to Jim's outdoor thermometer.
    Jim has cut off the water to the pond and drained the pipes to protect
    the ones above ground from the hard freeze.

    Phyllis and Jim, Jan 15, 2009
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    Hal Guest

    My pond is 47F at 9 AM Thursday. We are forecast for 13F tomorrow,
    Friday. I'm guessing the below freezing temperatures won't be around
    long enough to freeze the pond surface, so I'm not expecting any
    Hal, Jan 15, 2009
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    ReelMcKoi Guest

    "JB" wrote in message
    It's 25F right now and they're frozen over. The air-pump conked out and
    the entire surface is frozen. :-( It's supposed to go into the single
    digits tonight.
    Frugal ponding since 1995.
    rec.ponder since late 1996.
    Zone 6. Middle TN USA
    ~~~~ } ~~~ }
    ReelMcKoi, Jan 15, 2009
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    muffinnman Guest

    I'm at -2 here this morning in Massachusetts. I'm at 7 feet deep, so
    there's room for freezing over. The air pump is working up a storm
    and the ceramic heater has the insulated pump house above 40...
    muffinnman, Jan 16, 2009
  7. It was 13 here in western Delaware this am. Pond mostly frozen over,
    pump still running. Flippin cold for here. It's been years since it
    was this cold.
    Nan in De
    Nan & Rich Zitney, Jan 16, 2009
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    Bonnie NJ Guest

    It was 5 here last night in NW NJ. They say that tonight will be
    Bonnie NJ, Jan 17, 2009
  9. Here in Newark, Delaware, we will have a low of 4F. Both the heater in
    the pond and the bird bath (heated) I think will handle that. Having a
    heated bird bath in this weather is real important for the birds as
    their natural water sources freeze up. We've got bunches of feeders and
    many varieties of birds....I know that's off topic but thought it would
    be ok to share.
    Gerald Simonowits, Jan 17, 2009
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    ~ jan Guest

    What's everyone's latest report? There is some serious cold air across the
    nation. Alaska's revenge for not accepting their governor (or ridding them
    of her) not sure which? ;-)

    We had it before Christmas, but we had snow on the ground which insulated
    my pond so I had to be careful running the heater or it brought it up and
    over 40F, at which time it started melting my snow layer.

    Then we warmed up and I mean seriously warm after the holidays. I think one
    of the days was 60F, most high 50's with wind! Unfortunately we're now in
    an inversion where the temp doesn't change much from day & night. 32F
    during the day, 28F at night, the days are grey and dreary. No snow for
    insulation. Pond was down to 35F as I haven't had it on since those really
    warm days. Turned it on about 8 hours ago and it is up to 36F. Will leave
    it on till morning.

    Also have heated bird bath, for birds and squirrels since ponds are covered
    in winter. Though I finally went out and checked the lily pond. In 2 small
    places the screen is touching the water, but I'm sure they're all iced up
    now. That pond only has a bubbler and 100 watt heater.

    So give your latest cold report and how your ponds are fairing?
    ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jan 17, 2009
  11. MS got to 21 degrees. 17 would have been a record.

    Tonight will also be in the low 20s.

    The pond has some ice on the waterfall, but otherwise it is clear.

    Phyllis and Jim, Jan 17, 2009
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    I think it got down to -10 or lower. Something went wonkie with my titanium heater
    and it cut out. the pond on that size froze altho the air blower kept the other side
    open. I created a new "in the pond" veggie filter, moved to sit on the ledge near
    the blower so the pump continues to pour water into the filter and the water celery
    looks green (frozen?). The new design for covering the pond resulted in the plastic
    slipping down and heat escaped. Got a new heater, dropped it in but it has been too
    cold for me to sneak out for a peek until just now. The surface is all thawed and
    the temp is 38oF but the plastic is flat on the veggie filter and there is ice. sigh.
    Time for a new design for the "lean to" over the pond. I think I am going back to
    hoops that clear the snow off at least. Ingrid
    , Jan 17, 2009
  13. Galen Hekhuis, Jan 17, 2009
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    ~ jan Guest

    Sure made for pretty ice sculptures. I think you're suppose to leave the
    water on. Even if it forms ice, the plants will make it. Leaving the water
    on until the ice melts keeps the temp above 32F.... water gives off heat
    when turning to ice so the story goes. ;-)

    Holding just below freezing here. Ponds at 39F and I turned the heater off
    hours ago.

    Ingrid I'm feeling for you! -10! Yikes! ~ jan
    ~ jan, Jan 17, 2009
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    a425couple Guest

    "JB" wrote in message
    Sorry to be so late,
    I'm in PacNW.
    were covered with ice and a layer of snow.
    So, quite assuredly 32 or 33 degrees.

    Then up to I believe about 38-39 degrees.

    Last night (17-18 Jan) again ice on top
    (will melt during day)
    so again 32-33-34 degrees.
    a425couple, Jan 18, 2009
  16. We have been to the low 20s four times now. Unusual for MS.

    Cut down the mosquitos in the woods!

    Phyllis and Jim, Jan 22, 2009
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    Pete C Guest

    Huh! Water temp thermometer had dropped to the bottom of the pond. However,
    At present (5pm GMT) Air temp at water surface is 1.1°C. Ten inches of snow
    on the ground, no ice on the pond. :)
    Pete C, Feb 2, 2009
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    ~ jan Guest

    Saw this on the news, how you were all snowed in. It said something about
    no snowplows in the city? Is snow that unusual? I heard there was even mo
    snow coming. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Feb 3, 2009
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    Pete C Guest

    Yes Jan, snow is not as common as it used to be, at least here in the south.
    Scotland tends to have more, The huge investment required for the equipment
    to deal with this sort of snow fall just isn't worth it. It's about 25 years
    since we had snow this deep.
    Pete C, Feb 3, 2009
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    Gill Passman Guest

    Snow is very unusual in the south of the Pete says it just
    doesn't make sense to buy snow ploughs that might get used once a
    decade......however, we are now appararently running out of gritting
    salt......we are using it quicker than it can be mined/produced.....

    Right now, we are on a weather warning again....but it is
    raining/sleeting rather than feels pretty mild compared
    to the non-snow days - we are at a balmy 34F right now......apparently
    it might turn around 3am and then continue for 6 hours....

    We had a pretty large downfall, for us, this morning (I'm almost
    embarassed to confess the amount considering the fuss that is being made
    - but it was around 4") ....but we don't get snow usually other than a
    light dusting on the odd occassion.....and we are not set up to deal
    with it.....thankfully 2 of the kid's schools were open today and I just
    had one lounging around the house today.....

    Dunno how the fish are coping.....the pond tends to thaw during the day
    and then freeze up again at night.....I guess I am powerless to do
    anything other than ensure that there are air-holes in the ice....not
    found any bodies when it does thaw so I'm hopeful....

    Gill Passman, Feb 6, 2009
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