Lake Superior could have ice linger into June - KMSP-TV

Lake Superior could have ice linger into June

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Many lakes across northeastern Minnesota still have plenty of ice on them, and that includes the largest of the Great Lakes. At the end of the weekend, Superior was still more than 23% ice covered.

And while most of the ice that’s left are just random chunks or thin slivers… the fact that there is still ice, and this much, is pretty impressive. This year now tops the epic winter of 1978-79 for winter ice cover across the lake. The record ice cover for Superior was set early in 1979 with more than 98% of the lake frozen over. This year, the lake came just a couple percent shy of that, but it’s been the cold spring that has kept the ice around longer. Check out this year’s ice compared to years past…

By this time in most years, the ice is long gone. But in 1979, the ice was still around just like this year. Current forecasts show a pretty rapid melt in ice over the next few days with remaining ice cover getting sliced in half by the weekend, but these ice forecasts are still in their infancy with a lot yet to learn about how weather, currents, and water temps play into ice formation. Regardless of current forecasts, it would not shock me if there are at least small pieces of ice still left here and there by the time we get to June.

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