By Mike Busch

Most of the Great South Bay remains frozen with the exception of the areas near Bay Shore and Fire Island Inlet to the west and Bellport and Old Inlet to the east.  The reason is warmer ocean water is mixing in with the colder bay water making it hard for the ice to stay established.

From the ground it is hard to see what happens where the water meets the ice and is either in a  building or melting stage.  Yesterday I launched my drone over the slush zone in Bellport Bay to see what it looked like from above and was not disappointed.  As you will see in the video and photos here, the transition from frozen to big chunks of ice and then to slush is a beautiful sight.

Video and images taken Monday, January 15th 2018 off Howell’s Point.

Howell’s Point and Bellport Bay