First, the Lake Erie ice cover update:
Over the last week, we have DOUBLED the ice cover concentration. January 4th, Lake Erie was at 44%. By January 10th, the number was just south of 90% which is way ahead of last year and slightly ahead of January 2011 and 2001; fairly close to January 1996. The MODIS high resolution visible satellite image illustrates this increase perfectly. First image is from January 4th, second is from January 9th.
A few more close up photos from along the Cleveland shoreline.
Contrary to what you might think, this winter in northern Ohio hardly cracks the top 40 coldest winters through the first week of January. Remember the hard winters of the early 2000s?