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Weather forecast, when to flood? -

Weather forecast, when to flood?

When to resurface? How to flood? What to do when...
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Weather forecast, when to flood?

Postby jschultz » Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:17 pm

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This is my current extended forecast for December.

Rink veterans, would you drop your liner and flood in the midst of any of this? I don't want to drop prematurely, as the rink becomes a leaf magnet until frozen. Those highs are really concerning me....

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Re: Weather forecast, when to flood?

Postby wilsondmw » Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:04 pm

Wow...those are some pretty big swings....Unfortunately......I would have to say wait....just not sure you build up a big enough layer of ice to get out onto it to shovel if god forbid it snows....

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Re: Weather forecast, when to flood?

Postby Fernhauser » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:59 am

I would kill for those temperatures! My 15 day outlook does not fall below freezing at all.

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Re: Weather forecast, when to flood?

Postby kevmac » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:32 pm

I was always a proponent of lay the tarp down early and fill it, then let nature do the rest. Mine was always a leaf magnet as well but I was always diligent removing them - either by hand, shovel or the one year we used a pool skimmer. You'd be amazed how much ice you can make overnight at some of those temperatures and how little will disappear at the warmer ones.

Hard to believe that last year I had already been skating for two weeks at this time and this year I put up the Christmas lights on December 5th and not a single clip broke in the cold weather.
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Re: Weather forecast, when to flood?

Postby TNT-Ice » Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:49 pm

I agree with kevmac - flood now. Make ice at night and lose some during the warm days. You'll slowly gain ice until the real cold arrives.


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