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Lake ice may trump record temps

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Posted: Apr 16, 2014 8:27 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
Updated: Apr 16, 2014 10:00 AM
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Topics: weather, cold, lakes, ice

We look at thermometers and can instantly qualify the feeling of cold, warm or temperate. Wednesday Morning, a quick check of the numbers revealed record setting cold on the heels of a memorable winter in the Deep South. Baton Rouge bottomed out at 37° making it the coldest morning for the date in history. Had thermometers lost 1 more degree, it would have been the latest into the spring it had ever gotten that cold since records began in 1892!

Statistics aside, a shot from space may be more telling to put the staggering reach of this winter's cold into perspective.

Mark Johnson of ABC5 in Cleveland shared a satellite photo (drawn on by Trent Magill) from April 9 displaying 40% of Lake Erie STILL covered in ice! Johnson says there has never been this much ice coverage on Lake Erie, this late into the spring since the satellite era which allowed scientists to monitor such data (1972).

Earlier this year, ice coverage was as extensive as 96%. Normally by Mid-April, ice coverage on Lake Erie is less than 5%.

A weekend thaw should melt quite a bit of it, but ice will likely remain into the final full week of April!

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