Climate Wisconsin Ice Cover

This is an interactive graph that involves records of ice cover in two Wisconsin lakes - Lake Mendota and Lake Monona - from 1855-2010.

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Finn Ryan
Scott Pauli
Pitch Interactive
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

There are teaching tips included on this webpage and other features supporting this visualization on the main website.

The datasets used in this visualization are very specifically about Wisconsin. It may be difficult for teachers in other states to draw useful lessons from it. Not only the idea of ice cover days but also the specific local culture and economic impacts may be a foreign concept to some students. Nonetheless, it might be useful as a case study of the effects of climate change on the Earth system.

Students could compare the University of New Hampshire's 100-year dataset of ice on/ice off to Wisconsin's. Some of the UNH data is from farmers' records and journals. See the following website: