Snow, snow everywhere.
As of Tuesday, North America is covered by the third-highest amount of snow this late in the season since records began in 1966, according to NOAA’s U.S. National Ice Center.
Only 1969 and 1978 had more snow cover at this point in the year, according to Sean Helfrich of NOAA’s National Ice Center.
This data includes both the U.S. and Canada, reported New Jersey state climatologist and Rutgers University geography professor David Robinson.
Last Christmas we had people over to the house and we were afraid we would run out of ice. I bought a bag at the store and tossed it out on the back deck. We ended up not using it. It is still there. It is slightly diminished, but it is still a bag of ice. Also, the cups from the hot water freezing test? Still in the basement window well, lying on their sides. Full of ice. I will let you know which one melts faster… if they ever do.
As of Wednesday morning, 91% of the Great Lakes were ice-covered, which is the second-highest level since records began, according to the laboratory. The previous second place record was in 1994, at 90.7%.
The record of almost 95% was set in February 1979. “It certainly seems like we have a chance to set the record,” research lab scientist Anne Clites said in an e-mail Monday, noting that it will depend on the weather over the next two weeks.
The Climate Prediction Center forecast shows that continuing colder-than-average temperatures are likely over the entire Great Lakes region for at least the next two weeks.
The last time the ice cover was even close to this level was in 1996, when it was approximately 82%.
For the second time in what has been a frigid winter in the Northeastern United States, Niagara falls has come to an icy halt as the six million cubic feet of water that typically flow over the falls every minute has frozen over.
The flow of water over the falls typically can withstand icy temperatures like those that have frozen much of the country this winter, but Monday’s high of 9 degrees Fahrenheit brought Niagara Falls to a standstill – and photographers were there to snap some stunning images of the frozen waterfall.
In January, another record-breaking cold front managed to freeze the mighty falls in a ‘polar vortex’ that turned the cascading water to ice – and affected about 240 million people in the U.S. and southern Canada.