“With no end in sight, the winter of 2014 rages on, ushering in frigid Arctic air and dumping record-breaking snow and ice on much of the nation,” says Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer. “This season, ice coverage on Lake Superior has exceeded other measurements in recent history.”
“By the long shot this is the most ice we’ve had on Lake Superior in 20 years,” said Jay Austin, Associate Professor at the Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota.
During a typical winter, 30 to 40 percent of the Great Lakes are covered by ice, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson. But this winter, 80 to 90 percent are covered in ice.
That ice coverage, specifically on Lake Superior, is raising concerns.
“With all of this ice, all the sunlight that hits the surface of the lake is going to get bounced back out into space, so it’s going to take longer to get warmer this spring and summer,” Austin said. “The lake is going to just start warming this year when it will start cooling off for next year.”
This could bring a relatively cool year for the communities surrounding the lake.
The process of the sunlight bouncing back into space is known as the albedo effect, derived from the Latin word albedo “whiteness” (or reflected sunlight).
So much for global warming.
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