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10-31-2006, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by sc37 View Post
Anyone have a clue on how many days at a freezing temperature to even bother checking? I'm like 3 or 4 blocks down from a pond that allows skating...but don't think it's worth the effort to go out in freezing cold if it's not gonna be remotely close. Hoping to be able to get a good read before making plans to head out.

Below 0 celcius, a good 5 days. The ground really needs to freeze first. That usually takes a handful of days.
The rule of thumb around our house was a good week of below freezing temperatures. And this means that it shouldn't go above freezing during the day time too.
It really depends on the thickness of the ice. On a homemade rink of 2" it would take 5 hours for it to freeze in -20 weather. About 5 days at -5.

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