True winter weather is beginning to feel extinct in Michigan. Usually at this point in the winter ice covers the lakes and outdoor enthusiasts are enjoying ice fishing and snowmobiling. However the lakes have yet to freeze over and it could have some significant side-effects for the world’s largest fresh water system.
The amount of ice that covers up the lakes has been known to vary but the total coverage is retreating, especially in the deepest and middle parts of the lakes.
Less ice means more evaporation of lake water in the winter, which can cause heavy lake-effect snow. It can also make way for erosion of coastal land once protected by shoreline ice.
This January ranks in at the 13th warmest January on record dating back to 1892. It may seem like a nice change of pace for Michiganders but it could have some adverse reactions at a later date.