For the first time since 2007, Lake Champlain is just about completely frozen. The National Weather Service says the lake became roughly “99 percent” frozen last week when temperatures dipped 11 degrees below zero in Burlington.
Freeze overs aren’t as common as they used to be on Lake Champlain. According to an article in the Burlington Free Press, freeze overs supposedly happened annually a century ago and nearly every year through the 1940s. However, the lake was only completely frozen three times in the 1990s.
It looks like 2014 is one for the record books. I love seeing people ride their bikes, walk and play hockey on the ice — it’s a perfect way to celebrate winter. Even though it’s been really cold over the past couple of months, it’s nice to see an old-fashioned winter return to Vermont.