Great Lakes see second most ice coverage ever recorded

As of Wednesday morning, 91 percent of the lakes' surfaces were covered in ice. 

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 3:14 p.m.

As if any more proof of this winter's extreme weather were needed, scientists say the Great Lakes' ice coverage may soon reach record highs.

USA Today reported measurements taken Wednesday morning showed ice is covering 91 percent of the lakes' surfaces – the second largest ice coverage percentage ever recorded. The current record was set in February 1979, when 95 percent of the lakes' surfaces were iced over.

Anne Clites, a scientist who works for the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, told the Sheboygan Press there is certainly a chance the record could be broken this year.

Check out the New York Daily News' article on the subject, which shows aerial photos taken of the lakes on Monday, March 3, when the lakes were 90 percent covered. The Weather Network has also put together a graphic that shows how much of each lake is covered.

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