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Lake Erie ice facts

Highest average ice concentration on Lake Erie

2008-09: 95.5% on Feb. 5

2009-10: 93.1% on Feb. 9

2010-11: 95.8% on Feb. 1

2011-12: 13.9% on Jan. 21

2012-13: 83.7% on Feb. 22

• As of Monday, Lake Erie was 18.78% covered in ice for 2013-14.

Source: NOAA Great Lakes, Environmental Research Laboratory

Lake Erie fast facts

• Earliest Lake Erie hit freezing: 1995-96 – Dec. 12, 1995. That occurred two days after the massive 33.9 inch lake-effect snowstorm that holds the all-time daily record for snowfall in a single day at the BNIA.

• The 41-degree Lake Erie entering December this year is the coldest the lake has been at that point since 2002. In 1976, the season of the infamous “Blizzard of ’77,” Lake Erie was 38 degrees on Dec. 1, and froze on Dec. 14.

Source: NOAA

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