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