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Great Lakes Are Ice-Free at Last June 20, 2014
Lake Superior sunbathers against icebergs offshore.
Sunbathers near Marquette, Michigan, braved chunks of lingering ice this Memorial Day. The mini icebergs were left over from one of the coldest winters in memory. Marquette was the last Great Lakes location to see all the ice melt.
After seven chilling months across the North American Great Lakes, winter’s grip on the region has finally ended.

With only days before the official start of summer, all five lakes became clear of the ice, which at one point in early March covered more than 92 percent of their combined surfaces.

That was the second-highest coverage on record, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

Temperatures in the 80s helped finish off the few floating chunks that remained after the more than 2,000 hours of ice-clearing efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard this spring.

The last surviving chunk was on Lake Superior, near Marquette, Michigan.

Photo: cohodas208c - Flickr