Recent studies by NOAA and the University of Michigan show that Lake Erie’s thermocline depth and lake circulation are the opposite of most lakes. Typically, the thermocline, the layer of lakes in rapid temperature change, is shallower in the center of the lake and deeper near the edge. However, researchers found that Lake Erie’s thermocline is backward after extensive temperature sensor data collection.
Lake Erie’s circulation moves clockwise while other lakes mostly move counter-clockwise. Researchers are attributing the strange backward patterns to the unusual wind patterns that blow over the lake.
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