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Great Lakes ice coverage has more than doubled in the last 8 days

Feb 11, 2021 01:31PM ● By Editor
Image: NOAA

By Max White of  WXYZ-TV - February 11, 2021

Ice coverage on the Great Lakes has been low after a relatively mild winter, but with the arctic air that has moved into Michigan over the last few days, it has more than doubled on all of the Great Lakes.

On Feb. 2, total ice coverage on all five of the Great Lakes was at 11.8%, below-average for this time of year.

As of Feb. 10, after several days of arctic air, the total ice coverage for all five Great Lakes is at 24.4%.

The breakdown by date and by lake is below.

Feb. 2

Lake Superior – 6.8%
Lake Michigan – 10.9%
Lake Huron – 20.8%
Lake Ontario – 4%
Lake Erie – 14.2%
Total - 11.8%

Feb. 10

Lake Superior – 12.2%
Lake Michigan – 17.7%
Lake Huron – 32.3%
Lake Ontario – 8.3%
Lake Erie – 77.1%
Total - 24.4%

Seasonal winter ice coverage on the Great Lakes is expected to be significantly below average for 2020-2021, according to the NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.

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