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. It also means a potential for more sun shine and bitter cold this winter.
” Ice is already starting to develop on Michigan’s Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years.
According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, three of Michigan’s Great Lakes had ice starting to form. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were one-half percent ice covered, while Lake Huron had one percent ice. Lake Erie was not reporting any ice as of Nov. 20, 2014.
Decent early season ice coverage records date back to 1973. Last Friday was the earliest date that all three Great Lakes already had ice since the better reporting of early season ice began.
Lake Superior actually had ice forming on November 15th of this year. That is the earliest ice on Lake Superior in the good data set.
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