Freeze-up Today 2013 (false colour) - Dec 14

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Satellite image of 2013's ice freeze-up over lakes Timiskaming, Temagami, Nipissing and Wanapitei

Image courtesy of NASA/NOAA

With some image adjustments, we can peer through thin clouds to see that the last two areas of open water, visible yesterday, are gone. Today is freeze-up.

Lake Wanapitei advanced dramatically from yesterday and there are still open areas on Lake Timiskaming.

Since Ottertooth began recording freeze-up in 2002, this is the second earliest date, the earliest being December 13, 2005.

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Black open water or thin, clear ice
Dull/ dark blue thin ice with little or no snow cover
Bright turquoise thick ice, snow-covered ice or snow on unforested land  (e.g. clearcuts, farmland)

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