Delayed ice-out of lakes in northern Minnesota

April 29th, 2008

MODIS true color images (Animated GIF)

A series of mid- to late-April MODIS true color images from the SSEC MODIS Today site (above) reveals that many of the lakes across northern Minnesota were still ice-covered as of 29 April 2008. According to the Minnesota State Climatology Office, the “ice-out” (or melting) of lakes across northern Minnesota this Spring season is delayed by about 2 weeks compared to historical normals, and this is the latest ice-out of many lakes in the region since 1996.