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Great Lakes Ice Extent Now Above Average

Feb 02, 2019 07:07AM ● By Editor

 Sunset Fri. evening at S. Haven Michigan.  Photo:  WOOD-TV

This was sunset tonight at S. Haven, Michigan.  Dozens of people came to the beach to see the sun set through a layer of lake-effect clouds in the distance where there is still open water. 

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Lake Michigan ice extent increasing rapidly 

Look at how the ice extent on Lake Michigan has increased over the past couple weeks.  Friday, 46.2% of Lake Michigan was covered by ice.  Lake Superior was at 58.2% ice cover, Lake Huron was at 53% ice extent, Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is up to 92.5% and Lake Ontario is at 35.7%.  Lake St. Clair is at 100% ice cover. 

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Map of Great Lakes Ice Extent 
The Great Lakes as a whole is at 56% ice cover. 

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Great Lakes Historic Ice Cover 
The average highest extent of the winter on the Great Lakes is at 55%, so we have surpassed the average this year and in fact, we have surpassed the average ice extent in 4 of the last 6 winters. 

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Muskegon Channel 2 1 19 

This was the view at the Muskegon Channel on Friday.  Lots of ice.  You can see a layer of low clouds out over the lake where there is open water.  At the Muskegon Beach, the high temperature Friday was 16.2° and the low temperature was +0.5°. 

 


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