Less ice is melting in the Great Lakes because the weather is staying mild. (Part-1)

This year's New Year was celebrated by the Great Lakes, which are famous for their ice fishing and frozen winter waves. 

The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, which employs satellite data to detect ice concentrations, reported that on New Year's Day, ice covered less than 0.4% of the Great Lakes body of water. 

James Kessler, a physical scientist working at the laboratory, which is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stated that "it's basically nothing." 

"We have data spanning around fifty years. The average for today is approximately nine percent as of January 1st. 

Despite the fact that the ice covering is significantly lower than what is typical, Kessler stated that it is not unheard of to have ice concentrations that are lower than one percent on January 1st, given that it is still early in the season. 

Whether or not it is possible to convey raw materials and cargo from Midwest ports is contingent upon the quantity of ice that is present on the Great Lakes, which include Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. 

There are certain fish species, such as whitefish, that are dependent on ice cover to safeguard their eggs so that they can reproduce. A decrease in the amount of ice in the region could lead to an increase in erosion and contribute to the region's altering weather patterns. 

Ice has not formed on the surface of the lakes, according to Kessler, because the air temperatures this season have been exceptionally mild. His research demonstrates that the yearly ice coverage of the Great Lakes is highly varied from year to year, but appears to be decreasing at a pace of approximately five percent every decade. 

Watch this space for further developments.