Great Lakes Water LevelsDecember 27th, 2013 at 2:43 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
These 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.
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