How long does it take water in a lake to turn over?



  1. emc
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    Turnover depends on the weather. If the weather is just beginning to warm enough to stratify water layers, a cold snap may reverse what little advancement in spring turnover had happened. It may take another week for the water to warm again and start the process once more. If the weather is just right it could take a matter of hours. Once, I was driving by a large lake that was still mostly covered in ice.  Later that afternoon on my way home the entire lake was ice-free. Turnover had happened within hours.

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