Lake Level Update and More

December 5th, 2013 at 9:08 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl  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.

9 Responses to “Lake Level Update and More”

  1. Hugh says:

    It seems you never sleep. Are you burning yourself out? You are due for a vacation with your spouse. Hope it happens :)

  2. Scott says:

    I believe Bill mentioned earlier he worked 3 days straight during the Blizzard of ’78. That had to have been pure adrenaline keeping him going during that event! Perhaps the anchor desk doubled as a makeshift cot or something for power naps. It had to have been a challenge coherently delivering vital updates when your eyes are blurring from lack of sleep! Kudos to you Bill for being there for everyone through that event.

  3. Dylan says:

    Does it look like we might get a fair amount of snow for Grand Rapids next week!??? Or is this mainly gonna be a cold air event!??

  4. Jill C. says:

    They’re having some wintry weather in North Texas tonight. Getting reports from relatives down there about the sleet. Last I checked it was almost exactly the same temperature here as it is down there.

    A distant relative from Scotland was with us the week of Thanksgiving. We’ve not heard from her yet, as to whether she arrived safely at home, and I think it’s due to the power outages in Glasgow and surrounding area. They sure can get the gale force winds in the north part of the British Isles!

  5. Jack says:

    It’s …….FRIDAY!!!!!! Dec. 6th….Just a little WEATHER HISTORY : 12/6/1958
    Arctic air settles into Lower Michigan during one of the coldest Decembers on record. High temperatures are only in the teens on this date. More than two feet of lake effect snow piles up at Muskegon during the first half of the month.

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  7. Skot says:

    Bill,
    Ever wonder how the decision was made and how the trip was for our ancestors to decide to leave their Home ??

    1. Kimoeagle says:

      Frightening — but the alternative was continued repression and no hope,

  8. Kimoeagle says:

    FYI:In what is becoming a tradition —- This morning, Sea Scout units will be helping the USCG Mackinaw’s crew to unload and distribute Xmas trees to the needy in the Chicago area. I am proud to state that Ship 5111 is one of those units. This is their third or fourth effort – and the youths (boys & girls)really have enjoyed being able to help.

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