Great Lakes ice cover nearing 50 percent

The Great Lakes ice season is in full swing and only about a month off from the average annual peak in early March. Ice is now covering about half of the lakes which is slightly above average, but still WAY down from record highs set last year. At this point in 2014, the lakes were over 80% covered and Superior was nearing record territory at about 93%. This was thanks to the brutal cold that encompassed the region through the winter last year. This year, with temperatures once again below average, ice is really responding now that we are in February and lake water temperatures continue to fall. Check out the current ice cover…


Compared to last year, Superior is way down, about half of what it was in early February 2014. Here is the latest graphical results…


Temperatures look to remain at or below average across much of the Great Lakes for the foreseeable future, so lake ice should continue to grow.

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