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Cold weather should break soon, but Great Lakes ice another story
A stubborn trough of air is causing extreme cold and snow this winter. A group of Twin Ports meteorologists say things are about to change though. Mike Simonson reports.
Adam Clark didn’t get any well-wishes on National Weather Person’s Day Wednesday.
“Usually you get a cake or cupcake or something. This year? Nothing. Nothing at all and I was like ‘Well, I understand. I totally understand.”
The Northland's News Center Chief Meteorologist blames it on a trough that’s put California in an extreme drought, Alaska with temperatures in the 60’s and the Midwest and South in the deep freeze. Duluth National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Stewart says the country has been trapped in that trough.
“It’s not moved because farther downstream there’s a high pressure system over the Atlantic and it’s not allowed it to move. Therefore, we stay in this cold pattern.”
Because of that, 84% of Lake Superior is covered with ice. Clark says that's almost unprecedented for early February.
"We’ve been trying to track the ice on Lake Superior since the ‘70’s. This is up there. This is some of the most ice we’ve ever seen.”
WDIO-TV Chief Meteorologist Justin Liles says the ice cover is going to keep things cooler by the Great Lakes into summer.
“With the lake being that frozen, that much ice, that cold, when we do get a lot of these warm air masses, the two of them are going to combine. Sad to say, we’re going to get a lot of fog, lot of fog during this spring. Sunshine’s going to be hard to come by, just because it’s going to take so long to get rid of that ice on Lake Superior.”
In fact, Clark says it’s possible that some ice could still be on Lake Superior in July, making it a cool summer.
As for the trough? Liles says it should finally break up in about 10 days. Anything else?
(Liles) “Hang in there.” (Clark) “Hang in there. You know, we’re past the depth of winter, climatologically. We’re in February now. It’s going to start getting warmer. (singing) Always look at the brighter side of life”. (Liles) “Obviously, you weren’t hired for your singing”. (Clark) “Nope”.
The three appear on "Final Edition" Friday and Monday at 6 p.m. on KUWS-Superior (91.3FM) and WUWS-Ashland (90.9FM).Previous KUWS Articles:
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