What happens when Lake Erie is slow to freeze.
The simple answer is...further erosion. The 2019 season was coming to a close, and we were still sailing on a regular basis. The Holidays then came and went, and we rang in 2020; still sailing and helping homeowners on the Lake protect their shoreline.
On average 85% of Lake Erie is covered in ice... this time last year, nothing was frozen and that remained true till the end of January. The lack of ice cover caused intense wave action that was evident in the massive erosion across the shore. Some areas losing 9-12 feet of their property to the lake bottom.
Photo Credit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Ohio/comments/7ojreq/frozen_lake_erie/
"Ice that forms from the show generally acts as protection. No ice means more waves pounding the shore all winter long, eroding away cliffs, washing out beaches and damaging shoreline infrastructure" -Cleveland.com
Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and its ice coverage is critical for homeowners to keep their property protected. Without it or a man made structure in place to take the energy build up out of the waves, their property can be placed in peril. In order to protect your shoreline from a not so frozen Lake Erie, consider having an armor stone revetment installed. This can help protect your shoreline for decades to come.
You can learn more about how ice coverage is predicted here and here.