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The Lakefront of Lake Michigan during the polar vortex on Jan, 30, 2019.

Lake Michigan during the polar vortex of Jan, 30, 2019. The polar vortex that brought the Chicago area to a halt in January is now remembered as producing the state’s coldest temperature ever, according to weather officials.

Manuel Martinez

The Lakefront of Lake Michigan during the polar vortex on Jan, 30, 2019.

Lake Michigan during the polar vortex of Jan, 30, 2019. The polar vortex that brought the Chicago area to a halt in January is now remembered as producing the state’s coldest temperature ever, according to weather officials.

Manuel Martinez

What does low ice cover on the Great Lakes mean for ecosystems?

Ice is usually a common winter sight on the Great Lakes. But this season, ice cover on the lakes has been distinctly low. Host: Clare Lane; Guest: Andrea Vander Woude

Lake Michigan during the polar vortex of Jan, 30, 2019. The polar vortex that brought the Chicago area to a halt in January is now remembered as producing the state’s coldest temperature ever, according to weather officials.

Manuel Martinez

   

Ice is usually a common winter sight on the Great Lakes. But this season, ice cover on the lakes has been distinctly low. Andrea Vander Woude, an oceanographer with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Michigan, joined WBEZ’s Clare Lane to share what this means for our lives and ecosystems.

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