Great Lakes Ice

March 6th, 2014 at 1:15 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Great Lakes Ice  modis great lakes  Lake Michigan ice  modis lake michiganClick on the images to enlarge.   Wednesday, we set new records for most ice ever in March on the Great Lakes (91.0%) and most ice ever in March on Lake Michigan (92.1%).  The only time the lakes had more ice was for a short time in February 1979 (at the link you’ll see there was more ice on Lake Ontario in 1979).   Here’s what Lake Michigan looked like Wednesday at Muskegon, Chicago, Alpena and Michigan City, Indiana.   Here’s Lake Erie near Toledo.

Snowfall records for Grand Rapids:   Greatest average snow depth for February (20″ – old record 17.8″ in Jan. 1979), greatest snow depth ever in February (24″ on 2/18 – old record 23″ in 1936 – greatest snow depth ever is 27″ on 1/27/1978), 16 consecutive days of 20″ or more snow depth in G.R. (2/5 to 2/20 – old record was 9 days in Feb. 1936 and in Jan. 1979).  There were 18 daily records for most snow depth in Feb. 2014.  We have set a daily record for snow depth every day in March so far.  We have also set a new record snow depth for March with 20″ on the 2nd.  We have had a snow cover in G.R. continuously since the afternoon of Dec. 8 and we have had 4″ or more of snow on the ground continuously since Dec. 10 or 86 days.

Also:  Ice chunks along Lake SuperiorIce in the Chicago River.

11 Responses to “Great Lakes Ice”

  1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We are going up to Mancelona this Saturday with a big group of us to go snowmobiling. We’re gonna go to snowmobile up to the bridge, and then across the ice to Mackinac Island. None of us have done it before, and we’re all pretty excited. Should be a perfect weekend for snowmobiling since its always so windy/cold near the bridge.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Sounds like a lot of fun. Have a good time and be safe.

      1. Kitrina says:

        Is this Larry Hoffman!

  2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Seems like everyone is taking about the great lakes ice on TV. We need a break. It has been a long cold snowy winter. Stay warm everyone.

  3. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    This has been the winter of breaking records – snowfall, cold, Great Lakes ice, nonsensical redundant blog comments…..

  4. Kitrina says:

    Is this Larry Hoffman?

  5. Jimmy says:

    Went to Lake Michigan yesterday and you could see mountains of ice on the horizon! If it was summer you would have thought it was ships but other people with binoculars said it was large mounds of ice. I have been to the lake often this winter and every time it looks different. This would have been an interesting year to live on the lake.

  6. on the Grand says:

    Be careful, the kid went through the ice on Pigeon Creek,landed in 3ft of cold water and could not move, lucky some friends were there to help.

  7. AmazedHuman says:

    Thank, Bill, for this informative update. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, there are days we can search like we’re trying to unearth gold to find figures like these and simply can not. It’s grand when they’re right here for us to read and share with out of state peeps. Thanks again.

    1. Amanda says:

      Agreed! It was amazing to see these numbers in black and white. Worst winter ever!

  8. RW says:

    It has certainly been a winter to remember. Anyone know where similar information could be found for Kalamazoo.

Leave a Reply