Winter Climatology and Ice Characteristics: St. Marys River-Whitefish Bay Waterway.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION DETROIT MICH LAKE SURVEY CENTER
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On a regional basis the thermal behavior of Lake Superior and its interaction with the atmosphere in late fall and early winter promote widely varing temperature and snowfall patterns around the lake periphery. Field investigations indicate that snow-ice layers make up a large portion of the total ice thickness at select sites around the lake and on the St. Marys River Waterway. On a local waterway scale for the St. Marys River, Temperature controls on ice thicknesses and structures appear to be more significant at river sites where ice is more stable for a larger part of the ice season. Further.
- Snow, Ice and Permafrost