Great Lakes IceMarch 6th, 2014 at 1:15 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click 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.