Lake Erie ice cover on January 18th, 2001

We almost had a clear day on the 18th of January, except for a stubborn cloud shield that hung in across the western half of the lake.  Here you can easily pick out the pack ice at the east end of Lake Erie around Buffalo.  You can also see extensive ice cover over the central portion of the lake. There seems to be a lot of open water between Long Point and Buffalo, however a thorough analysis done by the National Ice Center indicated that there was 7/10 to 8/10 ice cover in most of that darkened area.  You can also see a white slice in southwest New York, which is ice-covered Chautauqua Lake.