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 Students from Highlands school record GLOBE weekly atmospheric data at the Morton Arboretum.  After examining the temperature data for the week, we go to Lake Marmo  to check for freeze up.  On December 4, 2013, Lake Marmo had a thin sheet of ice that was covering 100% of the lake. 

Lake Marmo is located a short distance from our Weather Station in the Morton Arboretum.  We took 3 pictures of the lake from the site located at the red arrow and then we took 3 pictures of the lake from a bridge located at the yellow arrow.

You can click on the pictures below to see the full resolution.

November 23, 2013 Lake Marmo had a thin coat over 80% of the lake.  The lake was frozen to the 100% level in early December.  The following pictures were taken on December 4, 2013.

This is view "A" looking Southeast on December 4, 2013

This is view "B" looking South on December 4, 2013

This is view "C" looking Southwest on December 4, 2013

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on December 4, 2013

This is view "E" looking Northwest on December 4, 2013

This is view "F" looking Northeast on December 4, 2013

This is the data that we recorded on December 22, 2013. The air -soil Thermometer logs temperatures for 6 days.  Day 6 on the far right has Minimum/Maximum temperatures from December 17.

This is a 4th grade student, Uju Kim, and Mom, Susie from Highlands school.  They came out to collect the data for the week.

   

This is view "A" looking Southeast on December 1, 2014

This is view "B" looking South on December 1, 2014

This is view "C" looking Southwest on December 1, 2014

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on December 1, 2014

This is view "E" looking Northwest on December 1, 2014

This is view "F" looking Northeast on December 1, 2014

The only part of Lake Marmo that was not frozen was the inlet that had water flowing in from a branch of the DuPage River.

One of the trees that I have photographing since 2007 was cut down this past summer.   See my 3 Trees page.

2014 gave us one of the coldest Novembers in history that was followed by one of the warmest Decembers causing the lake to thaw.

This is view "A" looking Southeast on December 28, 2014

The lake was 100% frozen by December 1st. (See above) The temperature only got below freezing once from December 20-28.

This is view "B" looking South on December 28, 2014

This is view "C" looking Southwest on December 28, 2014

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on December 28, 2014

This is view "E" looking Northwest on December 28, 2014

This is view "F" looking Northeast on December 28, 2014

Lake Marmo froze up after a cold spell in early January.

The cold was followed by 3 inches of snow January 5th, 2015.

This is the inlet to the lake and it is frozen too.

Temperatures were so cold that schools were closed on January 7th.

This is view "A" looking Southeast on March 14, 2015

This is view "B" looking South on March 14, 2015

This is view "C" looking Southwest on March 14, 2015

March 14, the inlet was starting to flow with water. 85% ice

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on March 14, 2015

This is view "E" looking Northwest on March 14, 2015

   

This is view "F" looking Northeast on March 14, 2015

I returned on March 19, 2015 and found 60% covered with ice.

This is view "A" looking Southeast on March 19, 2015

This is view "B" looking South on March 19, 2015

This is view "C" looking Southwest on March 19, 2015

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on March 19, 2015

This is view "E" looking Northwest on March 19, 2015

This is view "F" looking Northeast on March 19, 2015

2015 Illinois had the warmest December on record.  Lake Marmo was in 100% liquid state most of the month.  If you know anyone who is still denying that the planet is not warming, they are getting paid to say that or they are believing people who are getting paid.

January 2, 2016 finally got cold enough for some ice to form on Lake Marmo.  It had a 60% cover of ice. The lake did not get  covered 100% until mid January.  I started observing freeze up in 2007 when the lake was 100% frozen on December 1.  In 2008, the lake was 100% frozen late in November.

This is view "A" looking Southeast on January 24, 2016

This is view "B" looking South on January 24, 2016

This is view "C" looking Southwest on January 24, 2016

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on January 24, 2016

This is view "E" looking Northwest on  January 24, 2016

This is view "F" looking Northeast on January 24, 2016

This is view "A" looking Southeast on December 15, 2016

This is view "B" looking South on December 15, 2016

This is view "C" looking Southwest on December 15, 2016

We had warm start to December, but it finally got down to 0 C on the 13th, 14th and 15th. Lake Marmo froze over and we had 10 inches of snow on the 12th.

This View is from my 3 trees site looking Northeast. (One of the trees was cut down in 2014.) There was no ice on the lake on December 2nd when I took my monthly picture here.

 

This is view "A" looking Southeast on January 1, 2017

This is view "B" looking South on January 1, 2017

This is view "C" looking Southwest on January 1, 2017

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on January 1, 2017

This is view "E" looking Northwest on  January 1, 2017

This is view "F" looking Northeast on January 1, 2017

The Lake was 80% covered with ice.  Water was flowing freely here at the inlet.

Water was flowing freely here at the outlet waterfall. There were a few fallen trees that couldn't make it down river

Lake Marmo finally was 100% covered with ice by the start of February, but Illinois had one of the warmest Februarys and the lake started to melt.

The river that gets water from the lake was completely liquid by mid February. Lake Marmo was back to 80% ice coverage. (Pictured below)

This is view "A" looking Southeast on February 13, 2017

This is view "B" looking South on February 13, 2017

This is view "C" looking Southwest on February 13, 2017

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on February 13, 2017

This is view "E" looking Northwest on  February 13, 2017

This is view "F" looking Northeast on February 13, 2017

All ice was gone in February! In 2008, we had ice until March 28.

That has not happened since I started observing in 2007!

This is view "A" looking Southeast on February 27, 2017

This is view "B" looking South on February 27, 2017

This is view "C" looking Southwest on February 27, 2017

This is view "D" looking West Northwest on February 27, 2017

This is view "E" looking Northwest on  February 27, 2017

This is view "F" looking Northeast on February 27, 2017

We got our first measurable snow fall on March 13-14. I measured 5 inches in my back yard.

I went out to shovel the sidewalk at noon and the snow was gone!  I was hoping to burn the gas in my snow blower, but no snow to blow!

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2007-2008 

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2008-2009

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2009-2010

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2011-2012

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2012-2013

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2013-2016

 

Information about the GLOBE program

GLOBE is an acronym for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.

GLOBE is a global environmental program that uses the internet to share studentís observations and measurements with GLOBE scientist and students.  My Randolph School  students recorded over 8000 environmental measurements during my 6 years in the program.

I was trained for GLOBE at University of Illinois Urbana     March 1995  

I served as a GLOBE Teacher Trainer at the following places:

University of Illinois Urbana     August 1995

Drexel University in Philadelphia  August, 1996  

New York University October 1996

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1996

University of Illinois Urbana March, 1997

New Hampshire  April, 1997  

University of Iowa  October, 1997

University of Colorado  January, 1998

 Ohio Aerospace Institute November, 1998

GLOBE New Mexico Workshop May, 1999

Charleston GLOBE South Carolina Workshop October, 1999

West Chester PA  October, 2000 

Fairbanks Alaska March 2007

Fairbanks Alaska September 2007

In September of 2003, the Naperville School District 203 formed a partnership with the GLOBE Program.  We have performed Teacher workshops in the following places:

Naperville IL  September, 2003

Highland Park, Illinois July, 2005 Workshop

Park Ridge, Illinois September, 2005

Morton Arboretum, Lisle Illinois February 2010

GLOBE Stars

GLOBE Freeze Up Data at the DuPage River

GLOBE Surface Temperature at the Arboretum

GLOBE Surface Temperature at Highlands School

GLOBE Hydrology Study websites:

Bass release November 4, 2006

Bass Release November 3, 2007

Bass Release November 1, 2008

Bass Release November 7, 2009

Steeple Run Fall 2008 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2009 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2010 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run Fall 2011 Hydrology at Rotts Creek

Steeple Run students at the Morton Arboretum 2005

Steeple Run Transit of Mercury 11/08/06

Steeple Run and Highlands Bass release 11/4/06

Steeple Run and Highlands 5/6/08 Field Trip to the Adler Planetarium

Highlands School 10/14/05 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School 10/11/07 Hydrology at Highlands School

Highlands School macro invertebrates study.

Highlands School Bass Release May 18, 2006

Highlands School Site Definition

Highlands School Phenology 2008

Randolph School Hydrology at Marquette Park

Phenology at the Arboretum Spring

Fall Phenology 2007

Fall Phenology 2008

Highlands School Frost Tube

Steeple Run School Frost Tube

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2007-2008 

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2008-2009

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2009-2010

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2011-2012

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2012-2013

Lake Marmo Freeze up 2013-present

Rocket Day at Steeple Run School

Rocket Launch at Highlands School

Rocket launch at Irene King School

Make a 2 liter bottle rocket 

Solar Noon Shadow Measurements

3 Arboretum Trees

Morton Arboretum Seasons

Flat Stanley learns about GLOBE

Flat Stanley Goes to Alaska

GLOBE Program: http://www.globe.gov

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