Great Lakes Almost Completely Iced Over
They haven't frozen over this much since 1994
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2014 2:11 AM CST
A view of Lake Huron looking south towards Port Huron, Mich., right, and Sarnia, Ont., left.    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Newser) – It's been so cold for such a long time in the Great Lakes region that the lakes are now almost completely covered with ice for the first time in 20 years. Ice cover has now reached 88% across the five lakes, the most since 1994, when 94% of their surface was frozen, the AP finds. Average ice cover has receded around 70% over the last four decades, so this year's deep freeze will do much to replenish lake water levels by limiting evaporation.

"It has been an extraordinary winter, and the ice cover is a manifestation of that unusually cold winter," Michigan's state climatologist tells the Detroit Free Press. The ice cover record could be broken by next week if the current rate of increase continues, a meteorologist says, though Lake Ontario is "holding everyone back" with ice cover of just 40%, caused by its depth and the churn of Niagara Falls. On Lake Superior, which is almost 94% frozen over, the Apostle Island Ice Caves can be reached on foot for the first time in years.

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Feb 15, 2014 2:00 PM CST
does this mean global warming is over? im so confused.
Feb 15, 2014 5:21 AM CST
What I don't agree with. Is we are spending billions on global warming theory. But the truth is no one really knows. They are speculating! You can pay a researcher to prove or disapprove the theory. If you have the dime. They have the time! Just tell them what conclusion you want from them. But I'm sure a pinch of this and a dash of that and presto. You will have a conclusion after spending hundred of millions of tax payer monies.
Feb 15, 2014 1:00 AM CST
Uh oh... What the hell will we drink?