In February 2019, the Midwest experienced a bizarre polar vortex winter storm, with temperatures in Chicago, Illinois reaching -23˚F. The freezing temperatures caused ice shelves to form on Lake Michigan, but now the spring season is beginning to arrive. Moving water underneath the ice pushed the sheets to the surface, shattering them into mesmerizing patterns. It’s like a work of art.
Breaking Up The Ice
Chicago experienced one of the coldest winters in recent years. It shouldn’t be surprising Lake Michigan froze due to the freezing temperatures. But in March 2019, warm weather finally arrived and everyone in the Windy City was relieved that spring was here and hopefully it would stay.
The warm weather destroyed the ice and transformed the lake into a unique region of ice shards. Warm moving water underneath the ice pushed the sheets to the surface, shattering them into unique, dazzling patterns.
The ice patterns looked almost as though an artist crushed the ice along Lake Michigan and handpicked the patterns. The ice shards were so delicately crafted together, but this is nature. Even the best artist in the world couldn’t have replicated this masterpiece on the lake.
To witness the unique visual piece, visitors traveled to the best location—Michigan’s South Haven’s pier. They didn’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph the ice shards. They couldn’t get enough of the mesmerizing patterns. But the U.S. Coast Guard warned that while the spectacle is gorgeous, it’s also dangerous.
It’s Still Ice
The U.S. Coast Guard warned that the ice should only be viewed from a safe, far distance. “No ice is safe ice, especially this time of year,” said U.S. Coast Guard BMC Grant Heffner. “The ice is certainly deteriorating and breaking up.”
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