Blog Redux: What Less Lake Ice Means for Ecology, Economy and Ourselves

NOTE: This post originally ran on January 17, 2012. In the four of the five years since this post, Lake Mendota has frozen over well after its “median” freeze date, and in three of the five years it has thawed Read More …

When Will Our Lakes Freeze? Time for Annual CFL “Ice On” Challenge

The forecast calls for highs in the 50s (Fahrenheit) tomorrow and the ten-day outlook shows a whole bunch of temps above freezing, which means it’s the time of year when we try to do the impossible at the CFL – Read More …

Ice Data from Early “Citizen Scientists” Confirms Warming Since Industrial Revolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MADISON, WI — In 1442, fifty years before Columbus “sailed the ocean blue,” Shinto priests in Japan began keeping records of the annual freeze dates of a nearby lake. Along a Finnish river, starting in 1693, local Read More …

When Will Lake Mendota Freeze?

Last week, John Magnuson, director emeritus of the Center for Limnology, spoke at our weekly Wednesday seminar about lake ice trends in our warming world. In short, the onset and duration of lake ice cover in the northern hemisphere looks Read More …