On Friday, I reported that 93.5 percent of the lake’s surface was covered by ice, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. The average ice coverage across all five Great Lakes had reached 79.6 percent by then.
Today, after a bit of up and down, 94.6 percent of Lake Superior is covered by ice of varying thickness.
The Great Lakes as a whole? About 88.4 percent. That's still a ways from 94.7 percent in the winter of 1979, according to data from the research laboratory. But it's much greater than what's been seen in recent years.
Here's the current ice cover on each of the Great Lakes:
The health commissioner extended the hours for his upcoming public forum on adding intractable pain to the list of conditions allowed into the state's medical marijuana program. The public can also submit written comments.
The final decision will be up to Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, but if the program expands, the Intractable Pain Advisory Committee hopes there will be additional strictures and precautions for pain patients.