Lake Level Update and MoreDecember 5th, 2013 at 9:08 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is a picture from the Muskegon GLERL camera at the Muskegon Channel. Click on the image to enlarge. This shot caught a boat going out. I’m watched the live Sound of Music on WOOD/NBC out of the corner of my eye – Thursday is a pretty dead night for NBC, so this is something new. It’ll be interesting to see what the ratings are. It’s quite an undertaking to attempt to do a live broadcast like this. It was heavily promoted, so I hope it does well. My grandmother came to the U.S. at the age of 24 from Vienna (she spent her early childhood in the small town of Ybbs). She came here by herself, all alone on a ship. Her parents died young and her brother was killed in WWI. So she was pretty much starting life over., but she had many memories of her childhood and music in Austria.
I did a speech to the G.R. (east) Kiwanis Club Thurs. AM, then into work and I had a tour of the station to give to a family of a boy very interested in weather. The cold is still a big story. Denver was 15 below zero this am, the coldest ever this early in winter since 1877. Laramie WY reached -31. That was 42 degrees colder than average! Here’s more from NBC on the cold weather and snow across the Central and Western U.S. Extremely heavy snow was falling from a strong lake-effect band coming off Lake Superior north of Sault Ste. Marie. Heavy snow has been falling in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Thursday evening, Houghton was getting moderate to heavy snow, they have a temperature of 15, the wind is west at 23 mph with gusts to 40 mph causing significant drifting and the wind chill is -3. Ironwood is 7 above with a 23 mph wind and a wind chill of -14. Winds are gusted to 38 mph on Mackinac Is., and 36 mph at Charlevoix. The storm battering Europe has produced lots of 40-60 mph wind gusts and gusts as high as 100 mph on the highest hills of Scotland.
OK – Lake Levels: Lake Michigan/Huron fell 2″ in the past month, but the lakes are up 13″ from one year ago! It remains 14″ below the century average. Lake Superior is also down 2″ in the last month, but 12″ higher than a year ago. Superior is only 1″ below the long-term average. Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are down 3″ in the last month. Erie is up 5″ year-to-year and Ontario is up 12″ year-to-year and is now 1″ above the long-term average. Also: Note to Collin…the drop has stopped….Lake Huron up 15″ in the past year! Snowy owls have come south into the U.S. (it’s been cold in Canada!)…like they know what the water temperature is of “every other lake on Earth”…check the temperatures around Lake Superior this morning. We could see early ice. The Duluth News Tribune gets the story right. Finally, the Coast Guard is delivering Christmas trees to Chicago.