Ice, Ice Baby

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Just in case you needed additional proof that we survived one of the worst winters in decades, take a look at this photo recently released by NASA.

Taken April 20, 2014 Lake Superior is clearly shown with an abundance of ice sheets covering 63 percent of the surface. The last time this happened was over 30 years ago but not at this late into Spring.

Lake Superior on April 20, the lake was 63.5 percent ice covered. Last year it was at 3.6 percent. It’s the worst year in more than three decades and so extraordinary that ice may still be spotted in Lake Superior come June. That’s going to make for some very chilly water come this Summer.

That’s because it takes a lot of energy to heat the large body of water of the Great Lakes. Weather forecasters are now calling for a cool start to the Summer due to the cooler than normal air mass situated over the coastal portions of the lakes.

And that’s all thanks to the slow melting ice.

Long range forecasts including the Farmer’s Almanac are calling for an active storm track to develop near the Great Lakes during most of May. Turning progressively warmer following the Victoria Day weekend.  U.S. Based AccuWeather.com forecast a “typical Summer for Ontario and the Great Lakes” with no long periods of hot days like the Summer of 2013, one of the warmest in 65 years.