Ice formation, movement, and break-up in Lake Erie are different in each sub-basin, Western, Central, and Eastern, owing to the variation in depth of water, geomorphology, and meteorologic factors. Ice movement after initial break-up in 1974-77 resulted in the accumulation of ice at the entrance of the Niagara River at the eastern end of the lake. In 1973, satellite images show the unusual development of an ice dam across the entire width of Lake Erie and the 'ice plug' at the mouth of the Niagara did not form. The effect of wind direction on break-up patterns is seen to be critical to any attempt at forecasting date of complete ice melt as well as day-to-day distribution of ice. Satellite observation of ice in Lake Erie--and in all large lakes--provides information regularly, routinely, and synoptically form a point in space.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Environmental Satellite Service

    Department of Commerce
    Washington, DC  United States  20233
  • Authors:
    • Wiesnet, D R
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318731
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NOAA-80051903
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1981 12:00AM