How cold is it in your neck of the woods? Here. It's been another long cold winter!
Record setting cold- Piles of snow.
Check out the Great Lakes region-
|Satellite photo from Feb. 18, showing the extensive ice cover on the Great Lakes.|
By Wednesday, the Great Lakes were 85.4 percent ice-covered, just above the 85.2 percent on Feb. 18 last year, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. With below-average temperatures predicted for at least the next week, the lakes could approach last year’s levels of 92.5 percent ice cover, the second-highest level since records began in the early 1970s.
It’s far from the only factor in spring weather, but a heavy and late ice season can lead to a cooler spring—and even a cooler summer, forecasters say.Last year the Great Lakes froze up like this too!
“By April or May, usually the ice is gone, usually probably anywhere from early to late April,” said George Leshkevitch, a scientist with the research laboratory. “Last year, we had ice throughout May, and even lingering into June. If that happens again, we’re likely to have a cool spring.
Ice forecasts aren’t issued for the Great Lakes as a whole, but Leshkevitch said that the longer the current cold snap persists, the more likely the lakes are to continue icing over. Although the extreme cold—setting at least one record low on Thursday—is expected to break Friday, temperatures are forecast to remain about 20 degrees below normal through at least Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Interesting too is that Lake Ontario is heavily ice covered
Frozen up: Lake Ontario saw near-record levels of ice form on Tuesday leaving just 20 per cent of open waterIce is largely uncommon on Lake Ontario, which normally sees around 11 percent cover
More on Lake Ontario- so readers can understand just why this much ice coverage is so unusual
The difference this year as compared to last year in ice coverage really lies in Lake Ontario. As one of the largest and deepest Great Lakes, the shear volume of water makes this lake very difficult to form major ice coverage.Even with the record-breaking winter of 2014, it struggled to form ice coverage throughout the brutal winter. This winter is radically different with over 75 percent of the lake covered in ice!
|Lake Ontario Ice Coverage February 18, 2015 -75.5%|
|Lake Ontario Ice Coverage February 18, 2014 -27.1%|
Other then a slight reprieve in December- This winter has been in it for the long haul
This blast of chillin' air is not just hovering over Canada. Or the normally temperate fruit belt/wine country area of the Great Lakes region. Oh no! This cold is chillin' all the way down to normally balmy Florida- Where Snowbirds most often flock...
Arctic outbreak shatters records in eastern U.S., coldest yet to come
Records are falling along with the temperature across the eastern U.S. on Thursday, as the coldest air of the season surges south. Friday morning’s cold promises to be even more icy, taking aim at the Eastern Seaboard from Boston to Miami.
When combined with winds, the cold outbreak will lead to dangerous wind chills on Thursday and Friday morning. Wind chill warnings and advisories stretch from the Upper Midwest to the Deep South on Thursday — even as far as Miami, where Friday morning lows around 40 degrees could break records for the date, and will surely be the coldest air that southern Florida has seen in five years.Brrrrrr.....................
We are going to get back too coldest February on record and Lake Ontario- the uniqueness of it's icy expanse-
Regarding Toronto which has the advantage of being a heat sink
"Toronto is right on track to experience the coldest February in recorded history"And Lake Ontario, which is why I focused on this specific great lake originally in this post
"Another interesting point to address is Lake Ontario. Throughout recorded (and reliable) history, the lake has only completely frozen over once back in 1934. To put in perspective, last year the most coverage we saw was around 62%, while the Great Lakes as a whole reported 92% coverage.
As we saw above Lake Ontario is more then 75.5 percent ice covered4,700 square miles of ice forms on Great Lakes IN ONE NIGHT
That night was the night of February 19th- where as I said, we broke a cold record in my southern Ontario city- It's February 20/2015 and the temperature, as I type, is minus 23 celsius or minus 10 Fahrenheit- I expect the lake ice will grow again
Oh, and like last year Niagara Falls is just about frozen over