No surprise here.
The Great Lakes of the United States were 88% ice covered as of mid-February 2014. That is the largest extent since 1994. Since 1973, the average ice coverage is 51%. This is only the fifth time in 40 yrs that it has exceeded 80%. The least extent during that time was 9.5% in 2002. Ice started forming in some of the bays and inlets in November instead of mid-December because of an unusually cold fall season.
This image was taken February 19, 2014. It was recorded by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Visible are snow cover, darker grey forested areas, clouds, ice, and some open water as black. Click on this and the next image if you want to see a very large version 5200×4000 pixels. You need a fast internet connection.
This image recorded the same scene in infrared and red wavelengths to help…
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