2014 Great Lakes Ice Coverage Was Earliest On Record

November 26, 2014 – Satellite image shows ice formation occurring on Saginaw Bay. This is on the western edge of Michigan’s thumb between Sebewaing and Port Austin. Thus the outlook for another winter similar to 2013-14 looks promising. This could result in higher lake levels and less evaporation as the ice covers and protects the lakes.

An ice over like the 2014 Great Lakes Ice Coverage also meant a potential for more sunshine and bitter cold during the winter months. Ice coverage prevents evaporation, low level cloud formation and lake effect snow.

Great Lakes Ice Coverage 2014
Early Ice Coverage in 2014

2014 Great Lakes Ice Coverage may contribute to high lake levels last seen in the 1980s.


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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

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  1. mfs686 says:

    Sanford Lake where I deer hunt was completely frozen last week. First time it has happened since………well before I can remember.

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