Lake Erie ice cover Feb 13th, 2001

Another clear day over Lake Erie allowed us to see the ice after a strong wind storm over the weekend.  Three days before this image was taken, the winds gusted out of the Southwest in excess of 60 mph over the lake.  It's interesting to see what look like breaks or fissures in the ice over the eastern half of the lake which may be a result of those strong winds.  The lake is mostly ice-covered, the darker areas are not ice free, rather are composed of fractional ice that is not completely held fast.  Please refer to the National Ice Center Home Page for a description of the latest ice cover.  I also want to point out the fresh snow cover over the higher elevations in southwestern New York, also known as "ski country".