Lake Erie 95 Percent Covered In Ice (PHOTO)

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Level 1 and Atmospheres Active Distribution System (LAADS). Caption by Michael Carlowicz.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Level 1 and Atmospheres Active Distribution System (LAADS). Caption by Michael Carlowicz.

Frozen Lake Erie

The deep freeze that has gripped much of the country in recent weeks has hit the Great Lakes particularly hard. In fact, Lake Erie is now nearly completely covered in ice.

The ice cover has risen to about 95 percent, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The phenomenon is enough to alter weather patterns for the region, which every year deals with lake-effect snow. This snow is created when a storm moves over a big body of water, such as Lake Erie, and picks up moisture evaporating from the lake’s surface. The storm carries that moisture to outlying areas, eventually dumping heavy snowfall.

With Lake Erie virtually frozen over, however, its water won’t be able to evaporate so easily. That means less lake-effect snow, scientists say. The frozen lake may also mean fewer cloudy days for the area.

Last year, the lake ice cover grew to as much as 80 percent. This season, arctic winds coming down from the north have been especially fierce, resulting in a wider and deeper ice cover.

The other Great Lakes are also experiencing more ice than usual for this point in the season, officials said.

Source: “Lake Erie ‘Essentially’ Frozen Over,” GoErie: http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140125/NEWS02/301249884



Sean is a London (Ontario) based writer, and has been writing full-time for eCanadNow since May of 2005, covering Canadian topics and world issues. Since 2009, Sean has been the lead editor for eCanadaNow. Prior to his work writing and editing for the eCanadaNow, he worked as a freelancer for several Canadian newspapers.. You can contact Sean at {Sean at ecanadanow.com] Google

One Comment

  1. adam says:

    Canadians should not assume this phenomenon mitigates against global warming. All the models predicted increasing climate instability with increasing CO2. The reason for the “polar vortex” making things so cold down here is the increased open water of the Arctic Ocean, which has destabilised the jet stream.

    Danceswithmorons is committing the usual denier error of confusing climate with weather. We need to consider the heat budget of the entire planet, not our own little corner-and this has increased inexorably. Sure, Lake Erie has ice-and Australia has just had to add two more categories of heat alert, because they are smashing 100-year-old records.