NOAA report details frigid winter to remember

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This winter was ranked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the ninth-driest and the 34th-coldest on record.

The winter of 2013-14 featured several intense cold air outbreaks, with relatively mild conditions in the interim. Most of the coldest air, relative to normal, was confined to the eastern half of the contiguous United States, and the western continental U.S. and Alaska were persistently warm.

Very cold weather covered the Great Lakes and surrounding states during the winter.

Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana each had winter temperatures that ranked among the 10 coldest on record.

The persistent cold caused 91 percent of the Great Lakes to be frozen by early March. It was the second-largest ice coverage for the lakes, with data dating from 1973, and the largest on record for the date.

The largest ice cover for the Great Lakes occurred late in the winter of 1979, when 95 percent of the lakes were frozen. Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie were completely ice-covered. Lake Michigan was mostly ice-covered and about half of Lake Ontario was ice-covered.

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