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Last Crow 02-16-2010 06:46 PM

Lake Erie Frozen over; First Time in 14 Years

Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:08 PM
Following a cold snap in the Northeast, Lake Erie's surface is virtually frozen over for the first time in about 14 years.

The ice ranges in thickness between paper thin along the northern shore and several inches along the southern shore, where many people are ice skating. reports that the lake hasn't completely frozen since the winter of 1995-1996.

Although the ice cover is considered complete, prevailing winds have created some cracks in the ice.

There are also reportedly ice chunks floating off the coast of Dunkirk, N.Y., which is one of the deepest parts of the lake and would naturally be one of the last places to freeze.

Lake Erie, with an average depth of 62 feet, is the most shallow of the five Great Lakes, which is why it is the only one that completely freezes over.

Since lake-effect snow depends on warmer lake temperatures compared to the air, the frozen lake will deter large amounts of snowfall to the lee of the lake.

The current cold snap will keep the lake mostly, if not completely, frozen for at least the rest of the month.

Story by's Gina Cherundolo
This should help to reduce our lake effect snow.

CA357 02-16-2010 07:02 PM

Time to take Al Gore ice fishing. ;)

robocop10mm 02-16-2010 07:04 PM

Don't let Al Gore find out about this...he will figure out a way to blame it on "global warming".

orangello 02-16-2010 07:08 PM

WHOAH! I had no idea that thing could freeze over. :eek:

Mack Bolan 02-16-2010 07:17 PM


Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 231435)
Time to take Al Gore ice fishing. ;)

good idea, but i suspect he prefers to skate :)

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