Lake Erie Ice Cover 2000-2001 Season

Due to the 7th coldest December on record in Buffalo, Lake Erie began to ice over a bit earlier than normal this season.  In fact, we could see appreciable ice cover as early as Christmas Day, December 25th.  

It's amazing just how much one picture can show you.  The following images were taken from GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental  Satellite) which orbits at nearly 23,000 miles above the Earth's surface.  That's a "magic" distance which allows the satellite to orbit at roughly the same speed that the earth rotates, allowing it to remain over the same point (stationary) of the Earth (Geo)...hence goestationary!

In the following visible images, you will be able to see some fantastic geographic features such as the ice cover, the Finger Lakes, river valleys etc.,  which in some cases have been neatly outlined by snow cover.

Our friends at the National Ice Center have a great WEB site that contains a very detailed account of the ice pack on the Great Lakes.  Check it out!

 

 



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April 5th, 2001


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March 23rd, 2001

 

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Mar 19th Lake Erie
 

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Mar 19th Eastern Lakes 

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Mar 19th Lake Ontario

 

 

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WOW!  February 12, 2001

 

 

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February 11th

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February 13th

 

 

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February 7th

 

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February 3rd

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February 3rd

 

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January 18th

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January 21st

 

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January 3rd

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January 9th

 

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December 25th

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December 31st

 


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