Lake Erie Ice Cover 2001-2002 Season

The unseasonably warm winter season of 2001-2002 produced very little in the way of ice on Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. Even in the second week of February you have to strain to see any ice on the lakes at all. At the time of this picture, there was some ice along the immediate shoreline, but the resolution of the satellite can't pick up features this small in size. You can see clearly see the dark Finger Lakes contrasting nicely with the nearby snow cover.  Even lakes such as Oneida Lake just northeast of Syracuse, which normally freezes over every year, is ice-free at least over its western half.

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!