What the Lack of Great Lakes Ice Coverage Means

Us Midwestern folk are enjoying a mild winter so far. I don’t know of anyone that is complaining… well maybe the snowmobilers, skiers and snowman builders are. ☃
I thought this post was an interesting read about how this warm weather is effecting the Great Lakes. Please go read the full post at upnorthreader.com!

THE UP NORTH READER

To call it a mild winter would be putting it, well, mildly.

As our current mid-winter warmup rolls on, those in the upper Midwest are either rejoicing at the unseasonable temperatures or are dreading the impact that it will have on the outdoor industries—namely skiing, sledding and snowmobiling. But what effect, we should wonder, will it have on Michigan’s most precious natural resource: the freshwater of the Great Lakes.

To date, the ice coverage on the Great Lakes is only eight percent, according to MLive. One year ago that figure was up at 23 percent, and two years ago at 80 percent. The record for least ice coverage on the Great Lakes since the scientific monitoring began in 1973 is 9.5 percent (2002).

Virtually all of the ice coverage that exists currently resides in various bays, such as Little Traverse Bay, Black Bay and Green Bay, with a…

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30 thoughts on “What the Lack of Great Lakes Ice Coverage Means

  1. Changes in weather patterns and climatic conditions have been observed long enough to say that indeed they are changing. Polar cap melting, sea level fluctuations, etc. can all point to great change in our world. Will it end? How great will the changes be? Time will tell. We may not see that day.

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  2. Interesting to see that the same changes we witness here are occurring there on the other side of the world. Today has been the first day of snow here and we’ve had no real frosts to mention. I worry that all the bugs (slugs etc) that the winter usually kills off will be waiting for once the spring starts proper

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    • In 2015, if you looked at the ‘heat ratings’ for the year, the Midwest was under a big blue blob of “colder than normal” temps. The only part of the world that was colder than normal. At least this year, we’re not in the same boat.
      There’s a trade off with the bugs also. If they are not able to hibernate because of lack of cold, they will die off also. Ya just never know what’s gonna happen! 😋

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  3. I live in Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. This Winter was fairly mild. We had more snow in March I believe than any other month. I don’t think we have more than a few nights of single digit temperatures. I worried about the impact on snowfall on the lake levels.

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