Amazing Pictures of Lake Michigan, Frozen

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A blustery Lake Michigan, less frozen than right now, covered in clouds. Photo Credit: NOAA
A blustery Lake Michigan, less frozen than right now, covered in clouds. Photo Credit: NOAA
By Katie O'Connor

There are so many incredible photos of snow and ice this year—and what a bitter, freezing year it has shaped up to be.

Lake Michigan, for one, has posed resolutely and beautifully, despite being the second least frozen of the Great Lakes (if you can believe!)

Curious to know just how icy the lakes are? This is the most recent ice data from Great Lakes Watch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association:

Lake Superior: 88.94 percent ice coverage
Lake Michigan: 66.06 percent
Lake Huron: 90.39 percent   
Lake Erie: 91.80 percent
Lake Ontario: 34.02 percent
Lake St. Clair: 99.17 percent

Great Lakes Total: 80.42 percent
Richard Walker February 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I've been a long time Skokie Patch reader. I never had an account. I guess I was a "lurker." But I want to ask - what happened to covering local news? Why am I not seeing pictures of cool snow pictures in Skokie? I used to come here whenever I heard something happened in Skokie. I still do, but I cannot find one piece of content that is about Skokie? The lead government story is about sex allegations regarding Rutherford. Why isn't the Skokie Patch writing about our local government? What happened? I've seen comments from people in the north east part of the country. In short my question is this: Why is there ZERO local content on Patch? What happened? Skokie Patch used to be such a great source for local news. I hope this is a short term thing happening. I doubt I'll even get an answer, but does anyone else feel the same way? I cannot be along on this.
Lois Lane February 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM
You're not alone, Richard, no one is getting their local news like they used to. Patch was bought buy another company and they have made these changes. Everyone feels exactly as you do, it's quite a disappointment.
Emily Stone (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Hi Richard, Thanks for your comment. You are absolutely correct that Skokie Patch isn't covering local news like it used to. A couple weeks ago, Patch went through a dramatic restructuring and we've scaled back our local coverage on many sites in order to rebuild. We're committed to local coverage and will come back bigger and better than before, but we need some time to regroup. We hope you stick with us while we do. Best, Emily
Jordan S. Zoot February 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Whats wrong....you have stories about a "package grabber" running for governor..what else could you possibly want?
CowDung February 11, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Since when is Lake St. Clair one of the Great Lakes? ................. Emily: Thanks for the comments. Any idea on the time frame for the supposed 'big and better comeback'? ..............I'm still waiting for the ability to create separate paragraphs in the comments, and to be able to directly reply to individual comments like it was before the Patch 2.0 redesign disaster.
Emily Stone (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 04:54 PM
CowDung, I don't have a timeline for the changes. But I do know that our engineers are working on those issues -- and many others -- right now. The new site will be a huge improvement over what we have now.
Lois Lane February 11, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Six great lakes, hey, is it a bad thing? Welcome to party Lake St. Clair, where exactly are you anyway?
CowDung February 11, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Thanks, Emily.
Jordan S. Zoot February 11, 2014 at 05:40 PM
This lake is situated about 6.0 miles (9.7 km) northeast of the downtown areas of Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario. Along with the St. Clair River and Detroit River, Lake St. Clair connects Lake Huron (to its north) with Lake Erie (to its south); the area is notable for the fact that the Canadian territory around the lake (Windsor metropolitan area) lies south of the adjacent United States territory. Lake Saint Clair measures about 22.5 nautical miles (42 km; 26 mi) from north to south and about 21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi) from east to west. Its total surface area is about 430 square miles (1,100 km2). This is a rather shallow lake for its size, with an average depth of about 11 feet (3.4 m), and a maximum natural depth of 21.3 feet (6.5 m). However, it is 27 feet (8.2 m) deep in the navigation channel which has been dredged for lake freighter passage.[1] The lake is fed by the St. Clair River, which flows southwards from Lake Huron and has an extensive river delta where it enters Lake Saint Clair. This is the largest delta of the Great Lakes System.[1] Also, the Thames River and Sydenham River flow into Lake Saint Clair from Southwestern Ontario, and the Clinton River flows into it from Michigan. The outflow from Lake Saint Clair flows from its southwestern end into the Detroit River, and thence into Lake Erie. The tarry time (i.e. the time between entering and leaving) of the water in Lake St. Clair averages about seven days, but this can vary from as little as two to as many as thirty days, depending on the direction of the winds, the water circulation patterns, and the seasonal amount of water that is flowing out of Lake Huron. If the water flows through the navigation channel, which is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the time the water remains in the lake is about two days.[1] This lake is part of the Great Lakes System. Because it is 17 times smaller in area than Lake Ontario, it is rarely included in the listings of the Great Lakes.[1][2] There are isolated proposals for its official recognition as a Great Lake, which would affect its inclusion in scientific research projects, etc., designated as being for "The Great Lakes
Lois Lane February 11, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Well, who knew? Thank you Jordan that is quite a bit of information. And, surprisingly, it's very interesting. So Lake Clair is rarely included as one of the great lakes, hmmm well who in the end will make the final decision? Or can you include it at will?
Walter White February 11, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Emily, is Steve no longer editor of the DF and HP Patch?
Emily Stone (Editor) February 12, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Walter, that is correct.
Alana Waters-Piper February 12, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Amazing pics!!!
Stu Pidasso February 12, 2014 at 06:15 PM
WOW!! Steve did'nt last long.. Was it because of to many grammatical errors during the editing process? I had felt at times that the junior high newspaper club was handling it. ( NO disrespect to them, they write better than what I have seen at times on this site) Just wondering. Good Luck Emily!!!


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