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Satellite image of ice cover on the Great Lakes on April 15, 2014. Overall, nearly 39 percent of the Great Lakes were covered in ice as of April 15, including 62 percent of Lake Superior. (Credit: NOAA)

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

Almost one month into spring, the U.S. Coast Guard is still breaking up ice around the Great Lakes.

04/16/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

No New Oil Found From BP Spill

No new oil has been found floating in Lake Michigan or at the bottom of a cove following further inspection Sunday of the spill site near the BP Refinery in Whiting, Ind.

04/01/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

BP Raises Estimate Of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

 WHITING, Ind. (AP) — Oil giant BP has raised its estimate of how much crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan during a malfunction at its northwestern Indiana refinery. BP said Thursday a preliminary estimate shows […]

03/27/2014

Cleanup crews use vacuum trucks to remove crude oil from Lake Michigan, after a spill from the BP refinery in Whiting, Ind. (Credit: CBS)

Malfunction At BP Refinery Causes Oil Spill On Lake Michigan

As many as 500 gallons of crude oil spilled onto the shore of Lake Michigan in Whiting, Ind., following an accident Monday afternoon at the BP refinery.

03/25/2014

Satellite image of Lake Michigan on March 8, 2014, when ice coverage was 93.29 percent. (Credit: NOAA)

Ducks Dying From Starvation As Lake Ice Cuts Them Off From Food Source

This bitterly cold winter seems to be wearing down everyone. It’s also having a dramatic impact on the ducks who usually flourish along the shores of Lake Michigan.

03/12/2014

Jimmy Fallon, Israel Idonije, Brian Bannon and Mike Kelly participate in the Polar Plunge. (Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago )

Chicago Polar Plunge Raises More Than $1M

Organizers credit the extra excitement to a challenge by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. Both Fallon and Emanuel made the plunge, attracting attention to the event.

03/12/2014

Satellite image of ice coverage on the Great Lakes on March 6, 2014, when surface ice levels were at 92.19 percent. (Credit: NOAA)

Lake Michigan Ice Breaks Record; Great Lakes Hit 2nd Highest Level

Lake Michigan set a new record for ice coverage over the weekend, when ice levels reached 93.29 percent.

03/11/2014

Ice and snow in Chicago and Lake Michigan (National Weather Service)

Potential Increase In Water Levels From Snow, Ice Melt Could Save Consumers Money

Right now Lake Michigan is 90-percent covered in ice and when it melts, it could save you money.

03/04/2014

(Credit: NOAA)

Lake Michigan 90 Percent Covered In Ice, Equals Highest Level Ever

After having a meltdown early last week, Lake Michigan is just over 90 percent covered in ice, which equals the highest levels ever recorded.

03/03/2014

These are the conditions Mayor Rahm Emanuel, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and thousands of other volunteers have in store for them on Sunday when they take part in the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Ready To ‘Take A Whoopin’’ In Sunday’s Polar Plunge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he’ll know better than to bet against Chicago’s kids, after he ended up having to eat his words when he challenged them to read 2 million books last summer.

WBBM Newsradio–02/28/2014

Satellite image of ice coverage on Lake Michigan on Feb. 26, 2014. (Credit: NOAA)

Coast Guard Prepares For More Rescues On Icy Lake

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard station at Calumet Harbor have been training today for what they expect will be an increase in lake rescues in a season that’s already seen more people on the ice or in the water than usual.

02/27/2014

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)

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

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.

02/25/2014

Satellite image of ice and snow cover on Lake Michigan on Feb. 11, 2014. (Credit: National Weather Service)

Nearly 90 Percent Of Great Lakes Covered In Ice

It’s been so bitterly cold for so long in the Upper Midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the lakes’ surface was frozen.

02/14/2014

The ice breaker Biscayne Bay. (Credit: CBS)

Coast Guard Sends Ice Breaker To Southern Lake Michigan

The Commander acknowledges there’s some irony in the name: Biscayne Bay, for a Coast Guard ice breaker which is moored at Navy Pier.

02/12/2014

This satellite image show the ice covering Lake Erie on Jan. 9. (Credit: NOAA)

Winter Leaves 80 Percent Of Great Lakes Covered In Ice

The long deep freeze across the Upper Midwest this winter has left a whopping 80 percent of the Great Lakes covered in ice.

02/07/2014

Ice and snow coverage around the Great Lakes. (National Weather Service)

Impressive Views Of Chicago’s Winter Weather

By meteorological standards, the winter of 2014 has been nothing short of impressive.

01/30/2014

Asian Carp

Study: Physical, Electric Barriers Best Defenses Against Asian Carp

Placing dam-like structures in Chicago waterways would be an almost foolproof method of preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan, while a less pricey electric barrier system also has solid prospects for shielding the Great Lakes from the invasive fish.

01/29/2014

A sailboat left docked at Belmont Harbor at the end of the sailing season in 2013 has become frozen in the icy harbor. (Credit: CBS)

Lone Sailboat Still Docked In Frozen Belmont Harbor

A sailboat left floating at the dock at the end of last season is now frozen in the ice-covered water, a curiosity to local ice fishermen, and people who pass by on the lakefront path.

01/17/2014

Asian Carp

Kirk, Local Pols Oppose Plan To Separate Waterways From Lake Michigan

An Army Corps of Engineers report has a U.S. Senators, local mayors and waterway industry representatives speaking out against one of its solutions to stop the spread of Asian Carp.

01/12/2014

Chicago Firetruck, generic sized image

Dog Rescued From Lake Michigan

Firefighters rescued a dog from Lake Michigan on Friday, after the animal fell off a ledge on the South Side.

01/10/2014

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