An ag meteorologist says arctic air in mid-January was enough to cause ice formation across the Great Lakes, but it will be short-lived.
Michigan state climatologist Jeff Andresen tells Brownfield the milder-than-normal start to winter delayed most ice coverage.
“It was back up to 12 percent coverage over the whole Great Lakes basin that’s close to what is normal for this time of year,” he says. “It had been almost none up until then, but with that one week we added probably a good 10 percent ice coverage.”
He says the warmer lake temperatures insulated most of Michigan from the frigid temperatures and the outlook for additional winter storms in the region is limited.