the great lakes' ice cover is nearing a record and is the highest it's been since 1994. (the peak year before 1994 was 1979...i'm sensing a trend). in fact, 96 percent of lake erie is iced over. we've set record lows in detroit and this january was the snowiest EVER. not just in a while, EVER. we haven't had a high above freezing since a five day run in early january. my globe is feeling warmer than ever. yeah, mr. gore! yeah, science!!!