Lake Champlain is 99 percent frozen: ‘The only open water within miles is attracting thousands of ducks and bald eagles looking to eat the ducks’
Lake Champlain is 99 percent frozen
“The only open water within miles is attracting thousands of ducks and bald eagles looking to eat the ducks.”
Located mainly along the shores Vermont and New York, but partially situated in Quebec, Lake Champlain is the 6th largest lake in the United States.
As of February 13, the National Weather Service in Vermont estimated that Lake Champlain was 99 percent frozen over.
“Here’s a very high-resolution image from MODIS satellite of Lake Champlain. Aside from a few ice-free spots (shown by the red arrows) most of Lake Champlain is ice covered.” (From the National Weather Service Facebook page, Feb. 11, 2014)
National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Loconto said it’s the most ice on the lake since 2007, the last time the lake is believed to have frozen over completely.
Update as of 9 Mar 14
As of today, “Lake Champlain is frozen solid, except for two stretches of open water where two ferries carry passengers between Vermont and New York,” according to the Associated Press. “The only open water within miles is attracting thousands of ducks and bald eagles looking to eat the ducks.”
A century ago the lake would routinely freeze over during the winter. In the 1990s it froze completely only three times.
Although it is smaller than the Great Lakes of Ontario, Erie, Huron, Superior, or Michigan, Lake Champlain is a large body of fresh water. Approximately 1,269 km2 (490 sq mi) in area, the lake is roughly 201 km (125 mi) long, and 23 km (14 mi) across at its widest point.
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