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Just wondering if I'm jumping the gun a little bit, but there appears to be a stretch of days in the 10 day forecast that will be below freezing. Starting Friday the 22nd through the remainder of the current 10 day.
Anyone dropping a liner and starting the fill in the 49 degree day on Wednesday before the sharp change in temperatures!
I was thinking the same thing. I'm in the Chicago area and like the night time forecast for the next couple of weeks. It may be a disaster and I may regret it, but I'm thinking of filling on Saturday when I have time. I wish I did on Thurs or Fri. Sure would be nice to get more of December on the ice.
You may get really lucky and have a very long skating season but if you fill be sure to have a swimming pool skimmer. This bout of cold will more than likely lead to some warm days when melting and wind will blow countless leaves into your new pool. Look through the picture files on this website from last year and check out the kid floating in the rink. I would resist the urge and watch long term weather for prolonged cold. Also, look at the average daily temps and watch for night temps low teens or single digits and highs in the 20's.
I gotta get my boards up!
I won't say its ideal or anything close to a deep freeze, but temps right around freezing for high's during the day and 20's at night will get us something. You know there will be that December snow storm that starts as rain first, then snow, then cause a mess, why not give it a shot since the worst case is some re-flooding? Calculated risks!
Seriously debating the idea myself, actually. Problem is my boards are all still up in the rafters and I've got some flower beds to rid of leaves still. If I can get that all done tomorrow (Weds) and get the boards up on Thurs, I just might try it.
Especially considering the Accuweather.com forecast for the same period (below). If the weather.com highs/lows hold, I'll probably just get my boards up and hold off until I see what next week or the first week of Dec brings. If things look like they'll trend more like the Accuweather.com temps, then I have a feeling I'll try to fill Friday.
I am in East-Central Wisconsin (Oshkosh) I have decided to drop my liner tomorrow morning and fill all day Friday. Temps, according to Accuweather.com
Friday Night - 16
Sat - 24/9
Sun - 22/17
Mon - 36/25
Tues - 35/23
Wed - 34/21
Thanksgiving - 32/11
Friday - 30/13
Beyond that it is always hard to tell (beyond 48 hours its hard to tell, I know) but at the very least accuweather is calling for continued high temps in the mid 20s, lows in the low teens. Im confident I can make a few inches this weekend and the slowly build it up. Im just thrilled that I am filling exactly one month sooner than I did last year.
After seeing this post I checked out the forecast for Whitby,Canada and we too will have some cold weather for the next week so water is going in. the cold will hit tomorrow night.
Luckily I have no tree close enough to catch a leaf, my only issue is the rusty brown colored water from the well. :) 40 hour fill completed over the lunch hour, now just need that cold weather that was promised to start the freeze process. Should give me enough time to rework my homboni configuration and add some additional supports to the far ends of the rink.
Im three hours into the fill here in Wisconsin. Every year (this is my third) I seem to do something different (read: wrong) this year it appears that the wrinkles in my liner were larger than I had anticipated and Im hoping those smooth out some.
The wind is definitely not doing us any favors in MN or WI at the moment so a wrinkle or two in the liner is to be expected. I went to Menards and spent more money on clamps to hold down my liner than I thought was physically possible. :) Before next season I need to get some stock in plastics and clamps, at least in the cold weather climates.