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Record Ice Cover on the Great Lakes

Swimming with Ice Cubes
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Swimming with Ice Cubes

Summer beachgoers and fishers have been getting a wintery surprise on Lake Superior.

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Persistent Ice on Lake Superior
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Persistent Ice on Lake Superior

Ice cover on the world’s largest freshwater lake remains significantly above average for mid-April.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Green Bay, Wisconsin

Snow and ice cover the landscape around this basin of Lake Michigan.

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Ice stringers, Lake Michigan
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Ice stringers, Lake Michigan

Southwesterly winds pull strands of land-fast ice out into the lake from Washington Island and Detroit Island.

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A Great Freeze Over the Great Lakes
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A Great Freeze Over the Great Lakes

Ice cover surpassed 80 percent for the first time in 20 years.

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Frozen Lake Erie
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Frozen Lake Erie

Nearly 90 percent of the lake was ice-covered on January 9, 2014.

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Steam Fog over the Great Lakes
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Steam Fog over the Great Lakes

When a blast of cold air passed over the relatively warm waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, the contrast in temperature caused steam fog to roll off the surface of the lakes.

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