Updated Lake Levels

November 7th, 2012 at 2:22 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  This lovely pic. is from Maureen at Little Sable Point.  The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron is down 2″ in the last month and down 15″ from one year ago.   The lake is 27″ below the century average and 2″ above the level of Nov. 1964.  Lake Superior is unchanged in the last month and down just 1″ year-to-year.  It’s 12″ below the November average.   Lake Erie is down 2″ in the last month and 16″ from one year ago.  However, the lake is only 6″ below average (it was 10″ above average one year ago) and is 25″ above the lowest November level in 1934, a year of record heat and drought.  Lake Ontario is down 3″ in the last month and 13″ year-to-year.  Ontario is 9″ below the long term average  and 22″ below the November lowest level also reached in 1934.   The Grand River is running a little below average flow, at 85.5% of median flow.   Check out the 6-12 foot (or more) waves on Lake Michigan from Sandy.   Here’s beach erosion on Lake Erie from Sandy.  The damage would have been worse if we had the higher water levels on the Great Lakes that we had last year.

20 Responses to “Updated Lake Levels”

  1. kevin. w says:

    Sure hope this map isn’t a trend for the winter and if it is glad I don’t own a winter business. http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/people/mchen/CFSv2FCST/monthly/images/summaryCFSv2.NaT2m.201212.gif

  2. Travis (Oxford, MI) says:

    Bill, I would love to hear your thoughts on reversing the flow of the Chicago River and the dredging of the St. Clair River and how these impacted water levels. There seems to be lots of different opinions out there.

  3. joanne says:

    Bill, you really need to get a few more blogs going to bury the Wed blog. You really came across as an angry drunk old man yelling at his computer and grasping at Prop 2 for a sliver of salvation. I think you posted at least 30 times last night the same thing about prop 2 going down. It was all around 3 AM. I am concerned for you fella.

    Anyway, great night for our country. I would have liked to see Prop 2 and 3 go and I would have loved to see the US congress sway back to the Dems, but it is what it is and the people have spoken. Thanks to everyone who voted yesterday.

    1. Steve T - Hudsonville says:

      You really would have fit in real well in Nazi Germany joanne – you act like a jack booted thug…then again you did vote for one

      1. Allendale says:

        Or maybe dumb people like you should just stop bringing up politics as he just made a new blog/thread and you bring it right back up saying your worthless opinions.

        1. Allendale says:

          Meant to be under Joanne for a reply, not you Steve, you were not locked up in cage raised by monkeys like Joanne.

        2. joanne says:

          Wow, name calling. Big shocker. lol You guys can’t keep me down today. We are victorious.

        3. Jim says:

          Who introduced name calling to this thread?

          “You really came across as an angry drunk old man ..”
          -joanne

        4. joanne says:

          Jim, that’s not calling names. just pointing out how Bill sounded to me. If nothing else, I was giving poor Bill some advise. Many people pointed out on the other blog how Bill is turning them off.
          Calling me a NAZI and dumb with worthless opinions probably could be classified as name calling though. Nice try, now go bury your face in Bill’s wrinkly cracking me up.

        5. Allendale says:

          I wasn’t call you names either then…just pointing out how you sound to me lmao

    2. Brad says:

      I think Matty Maroun brought down the entire lot of proposals.

    3. DF (SE Mich) says:

      You’re welcome…

      1. big Daddy BC says:

        Probably true, Brad. Although don’t underestimate the power of a message. Most people didn’t understand what amending the constitution meant. The message, ‘Don’t mess with Michigan’s Constitution,’ was a powerful one. Who knew it’s amended on a regular basis?!

        The so-called rich union bosses just didn’t have the resources to compete with the daily corporate-sponsored pounding we’ve all been subjected to.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          That last sentence is a lie. You know better. Here’s the link YOU posted here on the blog: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Michigan_%22Protect_Our_Jobs%22_Amendment,_Proposal_2_%282012%29 It says the unions spent: $8,067,869.79 That’s just on proposal 2! The opposition spent: $340,150.00 That’s a 24 to 1 ratio in favor of the unions. And despite that, Proposal 2 went down by 18%…a landslide, wasn’t even close.

        2. Irish coffee says:

          Fact check: Bill is correct , corporate,selfish greedy sons’ o’ witches spent LESS than the benevolent,selfless,altruistic, soft-spoken,golden-hearted, martyr’s formerly known as UNION BOSSES.

  4. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    Despite a wet month, levels still dropped. We had 8.76″ rain in October, but Kalamazoo Lake between Saugatuck and Douglas is the lowest I have ever seen. They are talking about dredging.

  5. Jim S.(Saugatuck Twp) says:

    The 12Z GFS has a higher chance of snow on the backside of the cold front coming through Monday. It could be enough to give everyone a dusting. Also shows about 1-3″ for northern lower Michigan, and about 1″ or so around Chicago up through Wisconsin.

  6. Cort S. says:

    Can we get a discussion up in here about the winter weather nor’easter which is going to impact much of the same people that Hurricane Sandy did?

    This storm will possibly cause tens of thousands of power outages. There are still more than a half million customers without power after Sandy.

    Here’s the warning map for New Jersey:
    http://www.weather.gov/phi/

    By the way, I’m likely going to get an inch or more of frozen precip here in central New Hampshire tonight!

  7. Hugh says:

    It is such a beautiful day here. We really should enjoy it and quit bickering and grousing. Saw a deer in the back yard. I’m smiling :)

    1. Jack says:

      LIKE !! Agree !!!!

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