As the lake starts freezing, ice chunks form, and waves push them into shore. Those ice chunks build up mounds, 10 feet tall or higher. But when winds blow from the south and temperatures warm, some ice melts and plates of ice shift north, into the middle of the lake. That dissipates the dunes.  Cold…

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They took running leaps from the ice and jumped in to the Cleveland harbor, floating amid ice chunks like they were inner tubes in a heated pool. “It’s not too bad,” said members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor. They wore football cleats studded with hardware-store wingnuts to keep from slipping — and…

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Frozen Lake Erie is proving dangerous for some lakeshore birds. Diving ducks can’t find open water to hunt for food or take off in flight from, said  Taryn Leach, wildlife specialist at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. And gulls have been getting stuck in the ice. “The kind of weather we’re having right now…

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What does Lake Erie look in a deep freeze? About half the lake is iced over, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And a few of our favorite Instagrammers have captured gorgeous shots of the ice dunes and ice chunks and icicles. You can enjoy all these from the comfort of your couch…

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