The Great Lakes Are Still Frozen

April 19, 2014

The Chicagoist  - Chuck Sudo in on Apr 15, 2014 3:30 pm

It was only last month that the Great Lakes were 90 percent covered in ice and while we wait for our sputtering spring to finally take hold, as of April 10, 48 percent of the freshwater reserve’s 96,000 square miles remained frozen. Typically it takes a couple months for the ice to melt (and the average ice cover is around 40 percent) but because 2013-14 was a very historic winter, the effects of all this ice in the Great Lakes this late in the year could have effects, both positive and negative, on shipping, water levels, recreational activities on the lakes and the ecosystem for months.

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