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Three-Quarters of the Great Lakes are Frozen

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The Great Lakes are frozen over at the highest percentage since 1996.

The Weather Channel recently reported on the monitoring of the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), powered by the Natinoal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On February 6, 2014, the GLERL reported that 78.7% of the Great Lakes were covered by ice.

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Great Lakes on Feb. 7, 2014 from MODIS satellite. The bright white shows mainly clouds, but you can see lake ice in southern and western Lake Michigan, southern Lake Superior, and far western Lake Erie. (Photo via UW-SSEC/Google Earth) 

Over the past four winters, ice coverage only spanned close to 40% of the Great Lakes, and the 40-year average is just above 51%.

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Lake by lake, Superior has frozen 92% of its surface water, and Lake Erie is 95% covered with ice. Around 88% of Lake Huron, 53% of Lake Michigan and 29% of the deep water in Lake Ontario is iced over.

Forecasts predict weather patterns to stay cold, which should allow the icy conditions to persist.

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Three-Quarters of the Great Lakes are Frozen