Official: Great Lakes Ice Coverage Headed For Record

  • Date: 04/03/14
  • Liam Ford, Chicago Tribune

The ice on the Great Lakes this week covered more of the lakes’ surface than at any other time since the record-setting year of 1979, and could break that year’s record this week.


The Great Lakes were 90.5 percent ice-covered as of Sunday, the greatest percentage of ice cover since the record-setting year of 1979, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. (Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory)

On Sunday, the federal Great Lakes Environment Research Laboratory recorded 90.5 percent ice coverage on the lakes, making the ice coverage more extensive than anytime since 1979, when ice covered 94.7 percent of the lakes’ surface, said George Leshkevish, physical scientist with the federal lab in Ann Arbor, Mich.

If “air temperatures remain cold and wind speeds over the lakes remain low for the next few days, that is possible,” that ice coverage this week could exceed 1979 levels, Leshkevish said in an email today.

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