Ice build up on lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior is happening at an alarming rate during winter 2013/14. Experts have notices that the lake water has frozen faster and at a more expansive rate than in recent years and, barring any unpredicted spikes in Winter temperature, will continue to do so.
“Meteorologists at the weather center have been tracking freeze-ups since 1978, and say it’s the second fastest freeze-up ever recorded. The ice jams are causing problems with ships on Lake Superior. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson says a trip from Minnesota down to Indiana is now taking six to seven days, as opposed to the normal three days.” DoorCountyDailyNews.com reports
Lake Superior went from 14 percent ice cover on January 1 to 37 percent ice cover on January 10. Lake Michigan went from 19 percent ice cover on January 1 to 36 percent ice cover now. Lake Huron went from 32 percent ice to 46 percent ice coverage in the same time frame, while Lake Erie had 25 percent ice cover on January 1 and is now 87 percent covered in ice.