Great Lakes Water Levels

December 27th, 2013 at 2:43 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl 0    muskegon glerl 1These 2 pics. from the Muskegon Glerl cam. at the Muskegon Channel show the increase in ice over 24 hours from early Weds. PM to early Thurs. PM.  With the cold temps. coming next week, ice will continue to form on the Great Lakes.  The overnight run of the European model 1 pm temps. for G.R. of 14 on Tue., 12 on Weds., and 10 on Thurs.  It gives G.R. below zero overnight temps. on Weds. and Thurs.

The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron is down 2″ in the last month, but up 14″ in the last year.  The level is still 15″ below the December long-term average.  Lake Superior is down 4″ in the last month (very little synoptic precipitation getting into the lake with the cold temperatures keeping the snow on land).  Superior is up 10″ in the past year and is now 4″ below the century average.   Lake Erie is up 4″ in the last month (lots of rain last weekend) and up 6″ year-to-year.  Lake Ontario is unchanged in the last month and up 9″ in the last year.  Lake Erie is 1″ above the long-term average and Lake Ontario is 2″ above the long-term average.  Lake St. Clair is up 6″ in the last month, up 11″ year-to-year and 1″ above the century average.

Great Lakes News:  Michigan tackles invasive speciescolder than average weather has kept icebreakers busyearly ice causing problems on Muskegon Lakeanyone want to buy a lighthouse?ice fishing early this year on Saginaw Bay due to cold weather…and…surfing Santa rides the Niagara River waves.

2 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    “Michigan Tackles Invasive Species”??? (sarcastic) Hardly….

    Two months ago, I collected water from Gun Lake to be DNA-tested for the latest batch of invasive species looming on the horizon – MSU is developing a DNA testing program. The good news? All the “new” stuff was at “levels below detection limits” – hopefully, it hasn’t made its way into our lake – yet. But the results were also the same for Zebra Mussels, which we have by the boatloads… so there was some speculation that the Cold-water results weren’t as accurate as the Warm-water results. Which is fine – I will keep working with the folks at MSU as they fine-tune the testing. But even if we find a new invasion of something – then what?? Answer: nothing.

    Otherwise, Gun Lake pretty much has whatever the Great Lakes have. The newest pestilence is Starry Stonewort – looks like a green bristle-y mat of seaweed that grows just below the water’s surface and is so dense that it blocks sunlight and kills all the beneficial seaweed. It’s actually an algae – that resists just about anything to reduce its proliferation. The Eurasian Milfoil is interbreeding with the Native Milfoil, so it’s becoming herbicide-tolerant. We’ve had ZERO assistance from the State in dealing with invasive species – the money used to control these, comes from an additional tax placed on homeowners – the folks who are NOT bringing these pests into our lake.

    Judging by the thick stands of non-native Phragmites (a VERY tall grasslike plant that can spread 50′ per year) along our highways – the State and Road Commissions are ignoring THIS one, too.

  2. SpringLake Michael says:


    We’ve been treating Phragmites also but the funds are provided voluntarily by the local municipalities bordering Spring Lake.

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