In the picture below taken looking north out my front window, there is not as much drifting so the level reflects actual snow depth. My eagle statues are more than three feet tall. You can barely see the tops in front of the trellis. Not pictured is the drift on the south side of my house, which is now around 11 feet tall.
Most of the recent NOAA satellite images of Lake Superior are clouded over, but this past Sunday one image shows that most of western Lake Superior was ice covered with open water north of Grand Marais.
This week the bitterly cold temperatures have made a difference. Yesterday morning the lake was 90 percent ice covered.
This morning NOAA estimates that Lake Superior is now almost 92 percent ice covered.
The increase in Lake Superior ice coverage and the air temperature above the lake are shown in the charts below. As you can see in the second chart, the air temperature has consistently been well below freezing for most of 2015.