Please refer to my new WordPress blog Context/Earth for future posts.

WordPress has better commenting options such as provisions for pictures and charts.

The scope of the blog is also more comprehensive, as it will include all environmental and energy topics tied together in a semantic web framework. 

Onward and upward as they say.

Ice out

The dynamic context server has an entry for monitoring ice-out conditions on Minnesota lakes.  The ice-out time is a sensitive indicator of local climate and the date has been arriving earlier in a statistical average sense each year.

The Minnesota DNR hosts a server which provides JSON data on a number of Minnesota lakes organized by year. So to store a record for a particular year simply amounts to querying the server for that year.

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