Lake Superior Ice Cover Well Ahead of 2014

February 22nd, 2015 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Remember the amazing ice cover of last year on Lake Superior? Well, the coverage today stands at 93%, while last year on this date it was ‘only’ 82%.

Exactly one year before that is was (believe it or not) only 15%. Go figure.

Here’s today’s color enhanced satellite image, where blue is either ice or snow on ice:


The frigid weather and above normal ice cover is being blamed on global warming (of course). What would we do without Bill Nye to mislead us?

So, any guesses what will be blamed when we get a couple of warm winters and below-normal ice cover?


Sometimes it’s good to remind people that weather — at least outside the tropics — is almost never “normal”.

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