by, Caroline Ladd (Caroline Ladd/ECHO) It’s a beautiful day here on Lake Champlain! The sun is out, the temperatures are up, and ...

An Ice Break-Up

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by, Caroline Ladd


(Caroline Ladd/ECHO)


It’s a beautiful day here on Lake Champlain! The sun is out, the temperatures are up, and the ice is GONE! We could not ask for a better view here at ECHO!


If you may have noticed, just yesterday, the lake was still covered by some ICE! Here is a photo of the lake last night at sunset, as you may notice, there is quite a bit of ice still on it! It looks like glass and actually the noise it makes sounds like glass too!

(Caroline Ladd/ECHO)


Have you ever wondered, How does lake ice melt?


When the snow melts off the top of the ice, it leaves the ice exposed to direct sunlight. The ice then acts as a greenhouse for the water, directly reflecting the sun so that the water heats below. All you need is 3 feet of water that is above 35 degrees to melt an inch of ice!


When we get an incredibly windy day like yesterday, the continuous movement of the water breaks up the ice into small pieces. The continuous movement also ensures that the warm water is being rotated towards the top to increase melting.


Once the ice is broken up, the surface area is decreased and therefore the water continues to heat up the ice even quicker than before. This is why in just a matter of a few hours, the lake can go from being frozen to completely open waters, just like it did today!


I think it is fair to say, it FINALLY feels like spring out there! Enjoy the open waters, and don’t forget to make your one drop mission to help keep Lake Champlain beautiful!

Caroline Ladd/ECHO



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