Breaking Ice: April 7, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard / Courtesy Coast Guard Cutter Alder

Vessel Convoy Remains Mired in Eastern Lake Superior Ice

Thick ice on eastern Lake Superior has brought vessel traffic to a standstill near Sault Ste. Marie. More than a dozen ships are mired in ice that one crewman estimated is 6 feet thick. Read more

Apr 8, 2015 4:48 PM Superior Notes

Aboard the USCGC Alder

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, Breaking Ice in Duluth

We tagged along with members of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association to see the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder at work in the Duluth harbor and on Lake Superior. Read more

Mar 13, 2015 12:47 PM , Superior Notes

Lake Superior Ice Cover: Feb. 16, 2014


Our Most-Read Stories of 2014: An Icy Year in Review

It's easy to summarize 2014 on Lake Superior's shores: icy. The ice came early and stayed late; it delighted and it delayed. Here, now, are the most-read stories we published online in 2014, a list dominated by a winter to remember. Read more

Dec 31, 2014 9:04 AM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Ice: March 31, 2014


Video: 2013-14's Lake Superior Ice in 60 Seconds

This week the U.S. Coast Guard concluded five months of ice-breaking operations on the Great Lakes. In this time-lapse video, watch the Lake Superior ice develop and, ever so slowly, break up in the spring. Read more

May 16, 2014 3:41 PM Superior Notes

USCGC Mackinaw WLBB-30


Ice-Breaking is Underway

Ice-breaking has started on Lake Superior in preparation for the opening of the Soo Locks – and the start of the shipping season – on March 25. Following an extraordinary winter, it’ll be a challenge this year, says the U.S. Coast Guard. Read more

Mar 7, 2014 1:22 PM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Ice Cover: Feb. 19, 2014


Lake Superior Ice, at More Than 90 Percent, Moves with the Wind

A shift in the winds this week pushed the ice on Lake Superior to the northeast, opening up the south shore. Over the weekend, the ice was holding fast to all but the northeastern shore. The concentration of ice remains at more than 90 percent. Read more

Feb 19, 2014 5:08 PM Superior Notes

Lake Superior Ice Cover: Feb. 11, 2014


Ice Cover Hits 95 Percent

After weeks of subzero lows by the Lake, ice cover on Lake Superior reached 95.28 percent yesterday. This MODIS image, from NASA's Aqua satellite, shows the few areas of open water, off Isle Royale and along Minnesota's North Shore. Read more

Feb 12, 2014 8:42 AM Superior Notes

Ice Cover: Feb. 7, 2014


Lake Superior Ice Cover Tops 90 Percent

Ice cover on Lake Superior reached 92.4 percent this morning, a visual reminder of what we can all feel: It's been a brutal winter, at least compared to recent years. Read more

Feb 7, 2014 10:56 AM Superior Notes 1 Comments

Ice on Lake Superior: Jan. 22, 2014


Western Lake Superior Nearly Frozen Over

More than half of Lake Superior is now frozen over – reaching 50.9 percent ice cover – and there's still plenty of winter left this year to further boost that number. Read more

Jan 22, 2014 9:53 AM Superior Notes 2 Comments

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