Could be the end of our Ice Season - March 14, 2000

 

The lakes are wide open here.  In fact, the only ice cover visible from space is at the extreme east end of Lake Erie near Buffalo.  It shows up as little specks on the "zoomed" image below.  Also, we are already beginning to see "reverse" or stabilizing lake effect weather now.  On the above image, taken at 3:00PM the lake is a cold 32F while the sun has heated the surrounding land temps significantly.  The warmed air creates cumulus clouds over land, but the cold lake keeps clouds from forming.  Lake-cooled southwest winds also keep clouds from forming downwind of the lake.