(VitalNews.org) – Warmer weather has affected ice all over the world, but it’s been recently noted that it has been having a huge effect on the ice that covers the Great Lakes.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an analysis that said that the Great Lakes have an ice coverage of 5% right now whereas on average, at this time of year, the Great Lakes would be covered at least 40% with ice. The warming temperatures make for warmer winters, which means that places that usually see a lot of ice, like some of these frozen lakes, might not see as much ice as they once did.
It’s said that according to warming trends from at least 2002 to 2021, the upper Midwest is the region that has seen the most warmth over the years. Although this is noted for the Great Lakes, experts say that this is a trend across many lakes that usually see ice. They stated that lakes are freezing later in winter and thawing earlier in spring.
It’s been discussed more often recently that we are experiencing warming temperatures. Copernicus, which is the European Union’s climate change service, stated that January was the warmest January ever across the globe. For the last eight months, the temperatures have broken records to be the warmest. Experts are worried about how the rising temperatures can affect our ecosystems.
There has even been a change in some sports and events due to the temperatures being so warm. This year the John Beargrease Sled Dog marathon, which begins just outside of Lake Superior in Minnesota, was canceled due to lack of snow. The Niagara Falls boat tours also were able to start earlier due to the lack of ice on Lake Erie.
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