Lake Levels

December 13th, 2013 at 1:55 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

muskegon glerl 1  muskegon glerl 2  These are pictures from Thursday afternoon at 1 PM and on the right at 3 PM from the Muskegon GLERL camera.  Note the increase in ice/slush in just two hours.  Check out the MODIS Lake Michigan Satellite picture from Thurs. PM and you’ll see it was sunny on the other side of the lake, but cold – the high/low was 18/-2 at Milwaukee and 16/-3 in Green Bay, 17/-5 in Kenosha WI and 19/-3 in Chicago.   Just west of Chicago, the town of Aurora got down to -16!  Most inland lakes are now frozen over, but beware – some of the ice is still pretty thin.

Lake Michigan/Huron is down 2″ in the last month, up 14″ year-t0-year and 14″ below the long-term average.   Lake Superior is down 1″ in the last month, up 13″ in the last year and just 1″ below the century average.  Lake Erie is down 3″ in the last month, up 3″ year-to-year and 4″ below the long-term average and Lake Ontario is down 4″ in the last month, up 10″ year-to-year and 1″ below the century average.

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3 Responses to “Lake Levels”

  1. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    Thank you Lake Michigan for keeping us toasty on our side. My wood stove has been eating up the wood as it is. Just got a winter weather advisory text till 10 pm 12/14/2013 right now. I had better check it out. EH.

  2. Vincent(N.E.Kent CO) says:

    I see it is for 3 to 5 inches for the Fri night/ Sat snow storm. Most for the SE part of MI. Good! I have not plowed out the 3/12 inches from Thusday snow yet. It may be 4 inches. GR looking good for Dec snow fall around 32 inches. My DMWM might be on to something. Right Rocky?

  3. Melinda says:

    The side-by-side photos of the forming ice/slush are amazing. Of course, my drive was sort of like that too – lesson learned, never shovel until it stops snowing.
    Thanks Bill for always interesting reports!

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