Saturday, February 21, 2009
Did you know because of its relatively shallow depth, Lake Erie is the only Great Lake that may freeze solid, shore to shore, during winter? This picture was taken three weeks ago over the western basin of Lake Erie, i.e. the lake approximately west of a diagonal line from Point Pelee to Sandusky Bay
Lake Erie develops an extensive ice cover most winters because, in comparison to the other Great Lakes, it is relatively shallow (mean depth: 19 m), it has a relatively small volume that does not store a lot of heat, and it has sufficiently low fall and winter air temperatures. The Annual Maximum Ice Cover (AMIC) is a useful indicator that measures the maximum lake surface area covered by ice each year (Assel et al. 2003). AMIC was greater than or equal to 80% in 37 of the 43 winters between 1963 and 2005
During my frequent travels to Detroit MI lately I've passed by the "Worlds Largest Tire" while leaving the airport.
The 80-foot Uniroyal Tire was first a Ferris wheel at the New York 1964-1965 World's Fair before its creators brought it back home to Michigan.
While it would fit on a 200-foot-tall car just fine, today the 12-ton radial serves as an advertisement at Uniroyal headquarters just off I-94.
For more visit: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/8258