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    Brett Anderson

    Great Lakes almost Ice Free and the Long Range

    5/23/2014, 9:35:00 AM

    The last remaining pockets of ice from a near-record breaking ice cover season on the Great Lakes will soon be gone along the south shores of Lake Superior in Upper Michigan.

    The last of the ice on Lake Superior circled in red from yesterday's visible satellite image.

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    As of yesterday, a total of 1.3 percent of the Great Lakes was covered with ice. All of that ice was on Lake Superior.

    I can't say for sure when it will reach 0%, but the drop in percentage may slow a bit as mother nature tries to melt the remaining ice that is jammed up into the northern Michigan shoreline.

    The Canadian Ice Service image below shows the weekly ice coverage for this most recent ice season on the Great Lakes compared to normal (green line)...

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    Severe weather threat Saturday

    The threat for locally severe thunderstorms still remains Saturday afternoon and evening from southeastern Saskatchewan through southern Manitoba. The main threats will be damaging, straight-line winds and hail.

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    Long range forecast model interpretation


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