Great Lakes 50% Ice Covered

Here’s a midday pic. of the Mackinac Bridge, where it is partly sunny and cool. Note the ice cover up around the Mackinac Bridge…when the lake is ice-covered, you don’t get the lake-effect clouds or lake-effect snow. Great Lakes ice cover has reached 50.3%, a huge climb from the 29.1% on Saturday.  We’ve had cold temps. and relatively light winds and that has allowed some thin surface ice to form.  Unless that ice thickens, it would be prone to breaking up if and when we had a windy day.  We’ll see. Here’s the maximum ice extent for each winter since…