Watch time lapse of Lake Erie freezing

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Check out this video that shows Lake Erie freeze over a span of three days.

It was created by Great Lakes Vista, a website that captures live feeds and still photos of Lake Erie.

A frozen Lake Erie. Photo: Rabesphoto, Wikimedia Commons.

A frozen Lake Erie. Photo: Rabesphoto, Wikimedia Commons.

The site’s images are captured using an old camcorder in a weatherproof box. Software takes a picture every two minutes in addition to a video stream that runs constantly, according to Mark Lasmanis, the owner and operator of Great Lakes Vista.

Those who donate to the site get access to the active video stream as a perk, but the site also features archives of the last hour of still images, which comes in handy if you want to check developing weather conditions.

Lasmanis has been getting a lot of positive feedback for the site: “It’s nice hearing…from people who enjoy it,” he said. “It’s definitely enjoyable to have people take interest in the lake as I do.”

In the future, he wants to use a night vision camera to show when most of the ice freezes and perhaps do a time lapse video showing the ice melt when temperatures rise, he said.

4 thoughts on “Watch time lapse of Lake Erie freezing

  1. I live in the deep south. This is totally outside my experience, but it was an AWESOME video. Thanks.

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  3. great images! now imagine instead of 3 days, a full winter season.., got that in your head? Now imagine the ice starting to break up and move like a floating glacier. Repeat that 12,000 times. Seriously. That’s how many times that took place before N.Y.P.A. came along in 1964 with their “Ice Boom”. It stopped the moving ice. It stopped all of the good and needed action done by that moving ice. Nature had totally become dependant upon that action. Now that it has stopped moving we have a green slimy mess in Lake Erie, a sickly and ugly Niagara River and a starving Lake Ontario. Pretty bad deal? Well then get off your butt and help me. First Google Joe Barrett/Ice Boom and read up. Then find a real reporter to cover the story and expose this environmental crime. It’s not going to heal itself. Thanks, JBB

  4. I want to compliment you on the video technology that would be one heck of a lot of photo’s captured from what I saw. My son in law has a night vision camera he uses to take pics of animals in his yard or when hunting.
    My cousin is a videographer for National Geographic and others, you can look him up online, Hank Bargine Productions, in Colo. Springs, Co., and has videos he has done on Vimeo he tells me about. He was an aerial videographer for CBS and did the Bronco’s awhile back, did Dateline’s and many others.
    I go to the lake and take a lot of pictures of sunsets as it fascinates me when I see so many different varieties, and feel lucky we have such an awesome view where we live.
    Wonderful work….

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