Satellite Photo of Lake Superior Ice Break-up

Friday, 06 March 2009
Lake Superior Ice coverage. Image Credit: NOAA

Take a look at this fantastic photo the ice break-up on Lake Superior from the NOAA. Click on the image for a larger version of it.

Taken on March 3rd, it clearly shows almost all of Lake Superior frozen over. The NOAA feels that unless they get more arctic air, this will probably be the peak ice coverage for 2009 as winds and waves will start breaking everything up fairly quickly.

Lakes that freeze over during the winter lose considerably less water to evaporation so water level watchers are cautiously keeping their fingers crossed that the ice (and increased snowfall) will help bring the water levels of Lake Superior back up to almost average heights. For the past several years, water levels have been really low. In 2007, water levels fell and almost beat the all time low record in set in 1927.

Head over here for more information on historical water levels of the great lakes.

Thanks to friend of the site, Sue for the image tip!

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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