77°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Mon
83°
59°
20%
Tue
81°
62°
10%
Wed
82°
65°
20%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Pat Shingleton: "An Ice Breaker..."

10 months ago Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:43:45 PM CDT April 29, 2014 Tuesday, April 29 2014 Apr 29, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

The Nenana Ice Classic began in 1917 by bridge builders crossing the Tenana River new Fairbanks, Alaska. As noted in a previous column, when the river froze-over, work stopped and speculation as to an ice break began the wagering. Cash prizes are awarded to those who guess the exact minute the ice breaks. A specially constructed tripod contraption determines the winner. Made of wooden logs, a wire attached to the top is strung to a clock onshore. The clock stops when the melting ice shifts the tripod 100 feet. This year there were 24 tickets that picked this year's winning time -3:48 P.M. Alaska Standard Time on April 25th. The jackpot raised $363,627 as 300,000 tickets were sold with at least 24 winning tickets already claimed.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
77°
60°
Mon
Partly Cloudy
83°
59°
Tue
Partly Cloudy
81°
62°
Wed
Partly Cloudy
82°
65°
Thu
Partly Cloudy
86°
68°