The Great Lakes with low winter ice cover •

Last update: September 22nd, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Great Lakes during February of 2020, when ice cover was much lower than usual. 

In a typical winter season, the cold weather freezes much of the surface water across the Great Lakes from late February to early March. 

An astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured this photograph of the Great Lakes on February 21, 2020, when little ice is visible. 

The long-term average ice cover at this point in the winter season is 55 percent, but this year the region hit an unusual low of 22 percent. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA


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