So.. the other day I'd mentioned that Great Lakes ice is growing gangbusters
Feb 15/21 Ice coverage was at 37%. Today, Feb 17/21, ice coverage is at 42.2 %
For those not from this area.. the Great Lakes are a massive lake system. Some people call them inland seas. It has to be very cold to get them freeze. And even colder to get them to freeze up as quickly as they have been this last short while.
The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by total area and second-largest by total volume, containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water by volume. The total surface is 94,250 square miles (244,106 km2), and the total volume (measured at the low water datum) is 5,439 cubic miles (22,671 km3), slightly less than the volume of Lake Baikal (5,666 cu mi or 23,615 km3, 22–23% of the world's surface fresh water). Because of their sea-like characteristics, such as rolling waves, sustained winds, strong currents, great depths, and distant horizons, the five Great Lakes have long been called inland seas. By surface area, Lake Superior is the second-largest lake in the world and the largest freshwater lake. Lake Michigan is the largest lake that is entirely within one country.
Additionally, yesterday, we got a huge dump of snow. Which saw me stuck in deep snow, in the road- Thank goodness for helpful neighbours, willing to push cars. Thank YOU!
Yes, we got the 30 cm's, probably 35 cm's. For American readers that's 14 inches of snow. In one big dump Today is yet another frigid day. Awakening to a morning temp of minus 12.2 Celsius or 10 F. At 9:00 am it warmed up to -12 C or 11 F.
Even larger snowfall totals are expected in Hamilton and Niagara Region. Those areas are under a winter storm warning and could see anywhere from 20 cm to 30 cm, Environment Canada said.
The weather agency also warned of blowing snow and possible lake-enhanced snowfall which could bump totals even higher.
Frozen wind turbines and limited gas supplies have hampered the ability to generate enough power, according to a statement from ERCOT.People in Houston, the fourth most populous city in the United States, may be in the dark into Tuesday, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner.As of Monday afternoon, there were 1.2 million CenterPoint customers without power, including in the city of Houston and the Houston region, Turner said, a number that he said could increase as the weather gets colder in the evening."I just want to be very upfront with the people of the city: If you are without power right now, it is very conceivable that you could be without power throughout the rest of today and possibly even going into tomorrow," Turner said.
The storms overwhelmed power grids and immobilized the southern plains, carried heavy snow and freezing rain into New England and the deep south, and brought painfully low temperatures. Wind-chill warnings extended from Canada into Mexico. In Chicago, a foot and a half (46cm) of new snow forced public schools to cancel in-person classes for Tuesday. Snow even reached the normally balmy coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.