Lake Michigan sets new ice record!!

March 10th, 2014 at 4:47 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

lake michigan ice record   lake michigan ice record 2   From the Milwaukee National Weather Service:   Lake Michigan Ice Cover Reaches Record Coverage!

This last stretch of cold weather during late February into the first week of March caused ice concentration on Lake Michigan to rapidly increase. The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor Michigan measures the ice concentration on the Great Lakes daily.  On March 8th, the ice concentration on Lake Michigan was measured at 93.29%.  This sets a new record ice cover on Lake Michigan.  The previous record was 93.1% set in 1977.   The period of record dates back to 1973. 

249 Responses to “Lake Michigan sets new ice record!!”

  1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    60 degrees in the UP! NWS station just northeast of Iron Mountain. Wow.

    1. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

      No fair. Come down here please!

    2. Travis (Oakland County) says:


      1. kevin. w says:

        I think 98 was the beginning of an el nino and also the big severe weather outbreak over memorial weekend. Weather is interesting especially when you look at the U.P. at 60 degrees after a long bitter cold winter.

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I love this time of year. 60 one day and several inches of snow the next.

  2. John (Norton Shores) says:

    54 at Marquette right now, I think the UP is getting some warmer readings than the LP, that’s odd, usually we are warmer than the UP!

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      4 NWS stations in the UP reporting 60 degree temps today. Highest being 61 so far.

    2. Joseph Wisdom says:

      I think we’re starting to get a nice little preview of what “cooler by the lake” is going to mean this season. The flow is from the WSW and it is warmer on the other side of the lake, and in the UP, the flow doesn’t have that pesky lake in the way….

    3. Cali1005 says:

      Maybe they have less snow on the ground?

    4. yooper4021 says:

      Amazingly enough, this would only be the 3rd day since November 15 at the Marquette NWS office with above freezing temperatures AND no precipitation observed. (Yesterday and February 20 are the other two.)

    5. Bobby (Ada) says:

      With a Southwest wind, the warm air travels over land an into the UP rather than over Lake Michigan and into our area. Thats my best guess as to why, seeing as how most locations up there have MUCH more snow cover than we do.

  3. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Traverse City is at 51

  4. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    WINTER STORM WATCH for me. 4-8 inches. 25-35 MPH winds. Could get nasty down here.

    1. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Southern counties Van Buren, Kzoo as well under a watch.

    2. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:


    3. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Watches out for Detroit as well, but they seem to think the models are showing it too far north.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Winter Storm Watch for me, although I bet I only get 2-5″ up here.

    4. Wswplz says:

      Ya, I was looking at some of the wind charts last night and saw that it might get interesting early Wednesday., especially down your way and further south , also in the east.

    5. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

      We could have it worse. 10-20 inches in northern New England.

    6. Cali1005 says:

      Nothing yet for Grand Rapids area. I’m assuming a winter weather advisory will be posted soon due to slick roads and 1-3 inches of snow.

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    I’m up to 54 degrees at the NWS station in Oxford. Off to enjoy it!

  6. GunLakeDeb says:

    I was in Madison Wisconsin over the weekend and was blown away by how little snow they have compared to us on the Lake Effect side!!

    1. Cali1005 says:

      Big Rapids only has about 6 inches of snow on the ground.

  7. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Well we hit 50, just as forecasted. Thank you Mr. Sun.

    1. Cali1005 says:

      Hopefully we get a couple more days like this by the end of the month. The only snow I want to see in April are those really big snowpiles we have.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        We don’t have much left other than the mountains. I’m seeing quite a bit of grass in the yards.

        1. SW Kent says:

          Don’t say the G word Mark. You will get hammered. I tried that once and it got ugly. Lol

        2. yooper4021 says:

          Try lawn… lol

        3. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

          Thank you, yooper. That is much better. :P

        4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Several bloggers are big fans of grass.

    2. SW Kent says:

      Matt. Are you a sub teacher? Just curious? Or do you post from the classroom.

  8. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    Anybody see the 18Z NAM run?!? Looks good for west central Michigan!!!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Looks like Travis is in the bullseye according to that map.

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Sure does. Check this one out. Just when he started to lose his snowpack…

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          Wow could you imagine if that panned out?

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          It is a beautiful thing! COLD and SNOW ROCKS!

    1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

      Yeah, this run really came north. I wonder if the GFS will follow.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Who knew? I am now rooting for the NAM model to nail this forecast! BRING IT!!!!!!

  9. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Wow, 51 here! Halfway to 100! Amazing to think that not to long ago it was about 60 to 70 degrees colder than now. Who was that again who said mark it down it will not get above freezing this past weekend or today?

  10. John (Norton Shores) says:

    WOW did the NAM take a last minute jog to the north, this is the outliar model and the only one that has it this far north so right now I’m not buying it but surely something to monitor now as storms are known to take last minute jogs!

  11. J-rod says:

    I was disappointed to see that nam links don’t work anymore (so they don’t work on models either). I liked using that site for a quick look at computer models. Anyone know the owner of that webpage?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I think you’re referring to Earl Barker’s website.

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

    It’s up to 49° here. While I can see patches of the field on a wind blown hill that hasn’t had more than 6″ on it all winter, we still have ice on our dirt road. Looking like I’ll get to trail ride around here on Wednesday and/or Thursday. If I get to snowmobile on the trails down here this week it would be the latest in the season I have ever been able to ride around here. Still 20+” of snow depth in the woods here.

  13. INDY says:


    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Imagine that! Who knew?

  14. Teughcats (Midland) says:

    Everyone hoping for a last blast of winter can thank me. I have a 10 am appointment in Grand Rapids Wednesday, so naturally the snow will be coming thick and fast!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      THANK YOU! Keep up the good work! Would you please schedule an appointment once per week right thru April?

  15. For once I am actually happy that I am not included in the Winter Storm Watch. Southern Counties, you can have this one all you want.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The storm is trending North and is heading right at you! By tomorrow AM you may be in a WSW! Bring it!

        1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          I have it marked down :)

        2. Bobby (Ada) says:

          I agree… an inch or two MAX in GR.

  16. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Guess what the new CPC shows COLD and SNOW well into late March!! The BEST WINTER EVER lives on!!

  17. Even though they will be getting some snow back, the spot on Michigan that I can find with the least snow is an Air Base near New Baltimore, Michigan (Macomb County) with 2″

  18. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Is winter over yet? Will all of the SNOW be melted and gone by the third week in March?

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Looks a little too far north, sorry Rocky I don’t mean to sound like a downer, I will be ready for snow again in December! :)

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        You are giving up on winter about 4 weeks too early this year! We have a ton of COLD and SNOW on the way!

        1. WestGR says:

          No we do not have a “ton”. 4 weeks left of snow after this winter is not hardly a “ton”.

        2. fixxxer says:

          no we dont rj, below normal yes, but not snow and freezing weather. go troll somewhere else.

  19. Wswplz says:

    I can’t imagine the 18z could be correct as I was looking at this earlier, interesting to see what happens in an hour with the GFS. but 6-8 inches for our area…really, that would be greatly misread if this were the case, but I just don’t see it..idk?

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The NAM model is all over it! The NAM model ROCKS! Get ready for a WSW baby!

      1. Wswplz says:

        Hmm…check this out , quite interesting , no guarantee , but less weight given to faster eastern track, as of 4:20


    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Keep shifting north!

    3. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Im thinking it will stay south of us, the NWS and other models seem to think we will not be impacted.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Good – like I mentioned last week if the NWS downplays a storm in the mid and long range we have a very good chance of getting hammered. Their instincts and data analysis has not been good for most of this winter! Bring on the SNOWSTORM!

  20. John (Norton Shores) says:

    18z GFS loading right now.

  21. John (Norton Shores) says:

    18Z GFS did not go with the NAM idea of a farther north track, heaviest still over SE lower and right along the Indiana Michigan border. Right now it looks likely for the heaviest to stay along and south of 94.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Give it time! By tomorrow AM all of the models will be in line the impeccable NAM model!

  22. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    >>>>>>LATE BREAKING WEATHER BULLETIN>>>>>>> The 18Z RDB model shows GR picking up 2-4 inches of SNOW! Kent county will be placed into a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY by tomorrow AM! Get ready for COLD and SNOW and a slippery commute on Wednesday AM! I love it!

  23. fixxxer says:

    just love how now the long range through summer looks as if anything it will be normal. which spells a —- summer temp wise. figures. i hope this winter isn’t the new normal or alot of people will be relocating.

    1. bret says:

      Amen fix

  24. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    GR is in a WWA and this will be the 14th weekend in a row with GREAT outdoor winter sports conditions! INCREDIBLE and keep it coming!

  25. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The new normal is the “mini ice age”! Get used to it!

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