Ice Break-up on (and silt increase in) Lake Erie

March 20th, 2018 |

Suomi NPP True Color Imagery, daily from 17-20 March 2018 (Click to enlarge)

Suomi-NPP True-Color imagery (above, from Real Earth) from 17-20 March 2018 show the break-up of pack ice in eastern Lake Erie. (Clouds with the big Nor-easter prevented views on 21-22 March). Winds at both Erie and Buffalo switched to an easterly component during this time, which may have helped the ice fracture. Silt appears to be on the increase in western Lake Erie during this time as well.