Take a look at this shot one of NASA's satellites captured on its journey across the Great Lakes on New Year's Day!
Ice, dirt and sand swirls, bare ground to white and a few lake effect clouds.....There's a lot going on in that image above! Let's break it down!
Nature stirred up Lake Erie on New Year's Eve with high winds and rain showers. Some of the water that fell on land took with it sand and dirt, flushing into Lake Erie. The wind helped move the waves and stir the current across Lake Erie. That's why you see the swirls of sand and dirt depicted on this satellite image.
The closer you are to the shores of Lake Erie, the less snow you see. Areas such as Silver Creek, Evans and Buffalo are snowless. The Boston Hills on the other hand are painted in white. You can also make out a few lake effect clouds out over the lake, moving in towards the shores of Buffalo and Evans.
And if you were hoping for an ice covered lake to fish on, you'll have to travel all the way down to Chautauqua Lake. However, it's not completely encased in ice. So please, do use extra caution.
Only two percent of Lake Erie is covered with ice. That chunk of ice in the image above is located on the other side of Lake Erie, on the shores of Canada. However, expect that trend to go upwards, when cold arctic air filters into Western New York Wednesday into early next week.
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