National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Lake Erie Slow To Freeze Over, Bringing Potential Erosion

Jan 16, 2020

Mild temperatures so far this winter could have a lasting impact on Lake Erie’s shoreline. Late ice formation on the lake can cause even more erosion, according to scientists.

Despite a cold November, temperatures this winter have remained mostly mild. Lake Erie’s water temperatures are hovering in the mid-thirties — not cold enough to freeze.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Oct. 2:

Algae around a dock at kelley's Island
Ohio EPA

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, July 11:

Satellite view of algae August 3, 2014
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Nearly $600,000 in federal grant money is on its way to improve the early warning system for algal blooms in Lake Erie.  The funding will be used to upgrade data gathering and public access to what’s learned.

The dollars are going to the Great Lakes Observing System, which coordinates information from federal, state and local agencies monitoring the lake.

GLOS Communications Director Kristin Schrader said the plan is to refine analysis of lake data so that algal blooms are spotted early and that warnings about them are accurate.

Photo of Summit Metro Parks
Summit Metro Parks

Summit Metro Parks will use money from a recent grant to improve water quality for a section of the Cuyahoga River in its newly acquired Valley View property.

The $370,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Great Lakes Commission will also help to restore flood plains in the area.

Metro Parks Chief of Conservation Mike Johnson said this is a major step towards making the water more accessible for visitors.

photo of Lake Erie algae
ELIZABETH MILLER / WCPN

Each year, scientists forecast just how bad the algae bloom will be on Lake Erie. And this summer, the green scum is already forming.

Scientists predict a significant harmful algae bloom for western Lake Erie this year.

How Minimal Ice Cover Could Harm The Great Lakes

Feb 14, 2017
photo of Great Lakes ice coverage from 1973-2016
NOAA

Last week, 15 percent of the Great Lakes was covered in ice. That’s the highest level of ice cover recorded so far this winter and far less than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 64 percent prediction.

A lack of ice could have lasting implications for this year and beyond.