Latest start ever for Great Lakes after Great Freeze

Posted: April 24, 2014 by oldbrew in climate, sea ice, Uncertainty, weather

Satellite view of the Great Lakes [image credit: Wikipedia]

Satellite view of the Great Lakes
[image credit: Wikipedia]

There’s never been a winter quite like it on the Great Lakes, but unlike lurid headlines about melting ice in the Arctic (remember those?) this story gets only modest matter-of-fact coverage in the international media.
No prizes for guessing why.

‘An extremely cold winter left most of Lake Superior frozen over’
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/shipping-season-begins-today-marking-latest-start-ever-1.2616792

Any amount of convoluted excuses and upside down logic may be put forward as a smokescreen by ‘warmists’ but the fact is, it was a historically cold winter in that region.

The point to be made here is that cherry-picking weather events is a futile exercise, although it may deliver a short-term advantage in persuading gullible folk that something sinister is happening.

Surely it’s better to admit there’s far too much we don’t know about the complexities of the world’s climate, than to claim certainty that simply is not available to us.

Comments
  1. cartoonmick says:

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  2. Curious George says:

    Niagara falls used to freeze over time to time – years 1911 and 1886 are mentioned in
    http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_niagara_falls_frozen.htm
    Nice pictures, too.

  3. Curious George, I saw the Niagara falls freeze ie stop flowing, in February 1970. Also, saw the portage/canoe race in Quebec city with the St Lawrence River iced over and a very difficult crossing.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Niagara Falls froze twice during the winter, which is also fairly unusual. Report and large pics:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2572681/Niagara-Falls-comes-frozen-halt-AGAIN-subfreezing-temperatures-freeze-millions-gallons-water-normally-flow-Falls.html

    Britain sees a future for polar ice: announced today…

    ‘George Osborne orders new icebreaker for UK polar science’
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27129690

    ‘The [£200m.] ship is likely to be 130m long and sport a helipad, cranes, onboard labs, and have the ability to deploy subs and other ocean survey and sampling gear.’

    ‘”The new ship will be a clear statement of the UK’s commitment to science in the Antarctic and South Atlantic, and increases our ice-breaking capability in the south and, just as important, in the Arctic.”‘

  5. ren says:

    The current state of the ice and snow in North America. In the Great Lakes region will still be snow.

  6. DD More says:

    It’s Mid-April And Coast Guard Is Still Battling Thick Great Lakes Ice –

    Reporting ” Ice in Marquette harbor was reported to be up to 24 inches thick. ”

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/04/16/its-mid-april-and-coast-guard-is-still-battling-thickc-great-lakes-ice/

    I lived in the Marquette area for 6 years and while we did have a May 11 snow storm drop +20″ one year, 24″ ice this late in the harbor is very rare.

  7. Gail Combs says:

    FWIW, it is April 28 and the farmers here in the mid Atlantic state of N.C. (USA – lat 35.8° N) are FINALLY plowing and setting in tobacco. The winter wheat and rye is not yet ready to harvest and it was below freezing last week. Dogwood and narcissus has finally bloomed and some of the trees are still not in leaf. – Weird!