Ice and Snow in West Michigan at Last

January 21, 2013

Today I see ice forming along the shore of Lake Michigan.  The weather has turned very cold.  The ice that formed in late November and early December in the past years is now beginning to form in late January.  Here is an excerpt from my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes about how ice forms:


On the eastern side of Lake Michigan, ice begins to form along
the shore, usually in December. The first crystals of ice begin where
water meets the shore. Ice crystals must have something solid to
cling to in order to form. This is why ice does not form out in the
middle of lakes first, but begins to build along the shoreline. When
the temperature plummets and the water takes on a steely sheen, ice
gains a toehold on the shore. Crystals of ice build into a formation
known as an ice foot. The ice foot builds out into the lake and
eventually becomes a strong seawall that will protect sandy beaches
from erosion during fierce winter storms.

The Dynamic Great Lakes is available at, and in many fine independent  bookstores such as Schuler Books and Music and The Bookman.





One Response to “Ice and Snow in West Michigan at Last”

  1. Amedar said

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