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Great Lakes Unlikely to Set Ice Record, Ice Not Expected to Have Lasting Impact on Weather

Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

The Great Lakes pushed within a couple of points from setting a new record for the percent of frozen surface.  The 95 percent frozen mark set a record in 1979, now appears to be safe, and a University of Michigan scientist doesn’t believe there will be lasting weather impacts from the large amounts of ice, either. 

Frank Marsik is with the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences.  Marsik thinks while heavily frozen the lakes lose their moderating impact on temperatures in Michigan, so the state has likely been cooler in recent weeks than normal.

Marsik does believe there could be some small impacts in the early spring.

Marsik also notes the heavy snowfall could leave a wetter than normal soil.  He says this means more of the suns energy will be used in evaporation than increasing temperatures until the ground dries.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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