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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lake Superior on 5/14/14 has double the highest amount of ice remaining on this date in past 40 years per NOAA

5/16/14, "Ice on Lake Superior still higher than anytime in past 40 years," MLive, com, Mike Torregrossa

"Lake Superior still has some ice on it. In fact, Lake Superior has more ice on it as of yesterday than it has had at any other time this late in the season in the past 40 years.

The high resolution satellite image from May 14, 2014 shows a patch of ice floating out the in the eastern part of Lake Superior. Also notice some of the shoreline areas on southern Lake Superior are still covered in ice.
Anne Clites, physical scientist at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (NOAA-GLERL) looked at the years when ice cover was real high. Comparing those years to now, we have more ice on Lake Superior right now. In fact, we have double the previous high amount.

As of May 15, 2014 Lake Superior is reportedly 14.48 percent covered in ice. Compare this to the two highest late season ice years, 1979 and 1996.

On May 14, 1979, Lake Superior had 7.5 percent ice cover. So we are almost double that amount of ice. 

On May 15, 1996, Lake Superior had 5.9 percent ice cover. Lake Superior still has a lot more ice this year.

On May 31, 1996, Lake Superior's ice cover was still reported at 0.1 percent coverage. 

At this pace, we will still have a small amount of ice on Lake Superior in June." via Free Rep.


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