Most of Great Lakes covered in ice; how long will it last?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The recent cold wave accompanied with a  relatively light wind has led to a significant increase in the levels of  ice across the Great Lakes.

Michigan has recorded twelve consecutive days with temperatures that  have been below average. This month, temperatures in Grand Rapids have  been running six degrees below average, around seven degrees below  average in Milwaukee and eight below average in Chicago.

 Map: Month to date temperatures through Feb. 11 across the country.

The cold air combined with a relatively weak wind has led to explosive ice growth across the Great Lakes.

In the beginning of February, there was 22.6 percent ice coverage. As  of Feb. 11, ice covered 69.1 percent of the Great Lakes. It’s the  second highest ice coverage percentage for Feb. 11 in the past 24 years.

Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Kyle Underwood has shared fantastic photos  of the Lake Michigan ice coverage on Twitter. You can follow him at  @wx8 for more cool photos.

On Feb.12, it was the clearest day across the Great Lakes region  since Jan. 20 with a recorded 91 percent sunshine. It allowed the Modis  satellite, which around 22,000 miles above Earth, to take amazing  pictures of the ice, snow and clouds.

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