Latest Satellite Imagery of Ice Coverage over Lake Superior

With the above normal temperatures we've been experiencing this year, Lake Superior has remained relatively unfrozen. In fact, compared to recent years, this is one of the least amounts of ice cover we have seen in February!  Check out the MODIS image below to see how little of the lake is frozen as of yesterday afternoon (Feb. 7)... 

Also note the band of lake effect clouds that formed across the eastern half of the lake and affected north central Upper MIchigan due to a predominate northerly wind direction. This sparked some lake effect snow showers overnight Feb. 6 and during the day Feb. 7.  This is a very good example of how lake effect snow showers take on a "banded" appearance, with some thicker bands and some lighter bands of snow and clouds, and the potential for breaks in between.

 

 

To see how our ice coverage over Lake Superior compares to the rest of the Great Lakes, check out the next image... (Notice, we're not the only ones lacking in ice coverage!)

 

 

Finally, check out this link to see the latest North American Ice Service's 30 day forecast for ice across the Great Lakes, including Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

www.natice.noaa.gov/pub/special/great_lakes/2012/forecasts/text_with_graphics/gl_30-day_forecast_120201.pdf

 



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