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I’ve been kind of fascinated by news reports of extreme weather conditions across the country. Birmingham, Alabama is not usually what comes to mind when you hear the words “snow blizzard”.

Here’s a photo of a frozen Niagara Falls from last weekend. Looks chilly.



As of January 29, the Great Lakes are 62% ice-covered, which is up from 48% coverage on January 22. It was interesting to find out that, paradoxically, the more frozen the Great Lakes become, the less “lake effect” on the local weather conditions. “Lake effect” occurs when the lake water is warmer than the air, so frozen water means no warming effect, and no snow. It becomes drier, sunnier, and quite a bit colder…

Is the polar vortex responsible for our colder-than-usual winter? Actually, no, according to weather experts. It’s been a couple of decades since we’ve had a real winter, but in the 70’s and 80’s the winters were not different from what what we’re experiencing now. We just forgot, that’s all.

Check out this article from NPR:This Photo of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver