As we approach the middle of May I know no one wants to hear about this past winter, but it doesn't seem to want to go away. The evidence of a very cold winter still exists for parts of the Great Lakes. Ice is still covering parts of Lake Superior.
As you can see in the attached satellite image, some of the southern areas of Lake Superior are 100% covered in ice. The majority of the lake is not frozen, but some spots remain frozen solid. Cold snap after cold snap this past winter quickly froze a good portion of the Great Lakes, not just Lake Superior. The ice is just lasting longer for Superior and it's slowly melting and we progress through spring.
At this time last year there was no ice on Lake Superior, so one year sure can make a difference. In fact, this is the most ice Lake Superior has seen in over 5 years. 2009-2013 were not very cold years and did not lead to ice lasting this long into the spring season. But temperatures are expected to continue to warm and the ice will melt soon.
There sure was an extensive amount of ice coverage over the Great Lakes this winter, and it's very impressive to see it still showing itself here in May.
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