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Great Lakes Icing Is Earliest On Record

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Great Lakes Ice Cover Developing; Earliest In Over 40 Years

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” 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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