Lake Superior Frozen Over (first time completely covered in decades)

It’s been cold in Minnesota this winter, with below-zero air the norm for many days over the past two months.

Now, the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory is reporting that Lake Superior, for the first time in decades, is essentially frozen over.

Ice-covered Lake Superior from space

It takes a lot of arctic air to freeze the inland sea. But as of February 5, Lake Superior is 92 percent covered with ice. “The ice has increased rapidly in the past week, from 76 percent ice cover on January 30,” the lab reports.

The satellite picture above is from February 3. Temps have been below-zero in the days since, causing ice crystals to continue to rapidly form.

Beyond Superior, the lab reports the Great Lakes system is now covered 77 percent with ice. It’s a polar world up here this year. Be sure to bundle up. —Stephen Regenold

Update on the Great Lakes ice situation, courtesy of NOAA

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.


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