Three weeks ago, NOAA predicted 30% maximum ice cover for the Great Lakes, due to climate change.
They are currently at 32%, and with record cold forecast next week should be above 50% in a few days.
Four of the last seven years have been above average, and 2014 was second highest on record. That is what NOAA calls a “declining trend.”
Note that NOAA started their graph in the mid-1970s, right before the three coldest winters on record in the Great Lakes states – 1977, 1978 and 1979.
The winter of 1977 was the coldest on record in the eastern US.
And while I am on the topic of ice …