Great Lakes Water Levels

August 30th, 2013 at 4:12 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

muskegon glerl 1muskegon glerl 2 These pics. are from the Muskegon GLERL camera at the Muskegon Channel. The pic. on the left is a ship coming into Muskegon Lake, which may be this ship.   The second is sunset.   The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron was unchanged in the past month, but is now 6″ above the level of one year ago.  The lake is still 19″ below the century average, but 12″ above the lowest August level recorded in 1964.   Lake Superior is unchanged in the last month, but is a full 9″ above the level of one year ago.  That’s an increase of 4.97 TRILLION gallons of water in just one year!  Superior is also 18″ above the water level of Aug. 2007.  The lake is 3″ below the century average and 16″ below the highest August level reached in 1952.  Lake Erie is down 4″ in the last month, but still 9″ above the level of one year ago.  The lake is right at the historic average.  Lake Ontario is down 6″ in the last month, but is up a whopping 14″ since Aug. 2012.  Ontario is 2″ above the long-term average.     Check out some interesting Great Lakes News here (reenactment of the famous Battle of Lake Erie).  Also, developing the Port of Muskegon, Zebra-mussles may be influencing the taste of Lake Michigan water and the police force of Beaver Is.

25 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The CPC 6 to 14 day outlook looks great! Below average temperatures are on the way! By the way this supposed “heat wave” was not a heat wave at all. So far GR had one day with the temperature above 90 degrees this week! More warm weather HYPE from Travis and the NWS! Ridiculous and not credible hype!

    1. Nathan says:

      The definition of a heat wave isn’t ‘any temperature above 90′… It is actually a prolonged period of hot weather. And this entire week has been exceptionally warm with temperature 5 to even 12 degrees above average at times! And when you factor in the humidity, the refeel temperatures were in the mid ninties at times. Playing tennis matches each day this week were very challenging, and I can’t wait for the cool down either. But if you ask me, this week has been above average (not below average as you thought) and I would also consider this as a minor late summer heat wave.

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        Remember who you are talking to. Rocky doesn’t deal with reality or any meaningful discussion.

      2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        It has not been hot at all. No heat wave what so ever and we are headed into a below average stretch of weather. I love it!

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          It has been well above average all week and you don’t want to admit it… I have been there.

      3. Bill Steffen says:

        A “heat wave” here in Michigan has been generally accepted to be 3 or more days in the row with +90 temperatures.

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Talk about not credible and cold weather hype. That would be you. I believe you said G.R. wouldn’t hit 90 anymore this year. As usual you were wrong, just like all of your snowstorm predictions. What a joke. I love it. Fantastic. Thanks for listening.

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    This is good news at a time when lake levels are usually falling. In reality a steady level is climbing compared to average.

    Ann Arbor had a stationary downpour last evening, pretty random.

  3. Nathan says:

    Also, that annoying high pressure in the Atlantic is interfering with hurricane development again… Maybe we won’t see any big hurricanes after all?

    1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

      Haven’t seen any big hurricanes the last 7 years Nathan.

      1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

        Yea, not since Katrina… Unless you consider Sandy a destructive hurricane. And technically Sandy was an extratropical cyclone, so I guess Sandy wasn’t really a hurricane when it hit New England.

      2. Cort S. says:

        Hurricanes Ike and Sandy had more integrated kinetic energy than Katrina. Yes, we’ve seen two very big coastal disasters since Katrina, but their max wind speeds at their centers were not as high. Whether a hurricane concentrates its wind energy near its center (Camille, Andrew) or spreads it out over great distances (Ike, Sandy) is going to be a very important detail for meteorologists to communicate in the future. The Saffir-Simpson scale fails to give people realistic expectations for both wind destruction potential away from the center, and storm surge at all locations.

        1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

          Sure, I agree with that Cort. Also at the same time with satellite I believe the numbers get blown out of proportion today with every little depression that forms when 20 or 30 years ago know one would of even knew something had developed out in the ocean and fallen apart the next day. We have had a above average year for Atlantic hurricane season!!! What a joke, this is only the fifth time ever to go to September without anything hitting shores of the United States.

        2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          I head TWC discussing how the category doesn’t necessarily determine the aftermath in a hurricane. Sometimes it depends on other factors such as location, topography, and other factors. Of course the wind speed is still a big ingredient, but there are other elements too.

  4. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I am getting a nice breeze out here in Yankee Springs, at the same time you can tell we will get a storm later on. I enjoy the reports that Bill does about the Great Lakes water levels.

  5. YeahThatDan says:

    Wow this, weather! I could see, it hitting the 80′s today. Or can we hit, 90! I think, it will stop at 86. But we will see! How bout, the Tigers! Can they win 100? I see 94 wins. And how bout Piggy! Wow what a player! I think, he is MVP. Wow!

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  6. Nathan (Forest Hills) says: has a slightly new look and updated icons:
    Anyways, I was taking a look at the maps and that high in the Atlantic is really strengthening. If it keeps up then the upper levels of the atmosphere will warm and diminish thunderstorm development. Here is a nice link to that:

  7. fixxxer says:

    Great weather right rj? What did you say again about below average temps? Rock n roll! ;)

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  8. Travis (Lake Odessa) says:

    I didn’t know where to post this cuz there isn’t a thread…but we have been upgraded to the Slight Risk area for today! :)

  9. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Ugh, brutal heat to work in this week. We topped 90 3 times this week already in town, probably #4 today. Indoors it’s been a constant 110 to 115, and that’s not factoring in the humidity. I’ve drank so much water this week I haven’t been able to eat anything. C’mon Rocky, tell me again how cool and below average it is out. Maybe that will help us all feel better at work.

  10. Cort S. says:

    Enjoy another bust, fixx! ;)



    1. Cliff(Scotts) says:

      Watch this is when we get hammered since it hasn’t been hyped up all week.

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