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Great Lakes Ice Coverage As Seen From Space; Lake Michigan Meltdown

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Much of the Lake Michigan ice melted last week, while lakes Superior, Huron and Erie remain almost totally covered in ice.  Most of Lake Ontario is water. (NOAA)

Much of the Lake Michigan ice melted last week, while lakes Superior, Huron and Erie remain almost totally covered in ice. Most of Lake Ontario is water. (NOAA)

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By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Last week’s brief thaw melted much of the ice covering Lake Michigan, but three of the Great Lakes still remain nearly entirely on ice.

The latest images from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, show that much of Lake Michigan thawed over the past week.

In mid-February, about 80 percent of the lake was iced.

Currently, it’s down to around 40 percent.

This week’s cold weather will likely increase the Lake Michigan ice by 10-15 percent, government forecasters say.

Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie are 80 to 90 percent covered.

Ontario has by far the least ice coverage at just over 10 percent–down from a high of about 40-50 percent 10 days ago.

The record ice coverage for all five lakes was set in 1979 at nearly 95 percent.

In mid-February, the Great Lakes were nearly 90 percent covered in ice.

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