Great Lakes Water LevelsMarch 13th, 2014 at 9:40 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
This picture is just before sunset from the Muskegon GLERL camera. Still lots of ice on Lake Michigan, but the channel is now pretty much open water. Four of the five Great Lakes saw no change in water level over the past month. That would make sense with the amount of ice and the cold air limiting runoff. The one lake that did see a change was Lake Ontario, which is down 3″ in the last month. That makes sense, because Ontario has been mostly open water, some of which evaporates even when it’s below zero and because there is little runoff from the snow that has been accumulating on land and not melting. Lake Ontario is at the same water level as one year ago. Lake Erie is 2″ above the level of one year ago. Lake Superior is up 13″ in the last year (that’s a lot!) and it’s now 1″ higher than the long-term average. Lake Michigan/Huron (one big lake for lake level purposes) is also 13″ higher than one year ago and it remains 13″ below the long-term average. As I write this Thurs. evening, Lake Michigan still has a 74.8% ice cover, Lake Superior at 94.3%, Lake Huron at 93.6%, Lake Erie at 91.3% and Lake Ontario at 29.3%. The Great Lakes total ice cover on March 12 was 84.1%.
Also, many animals having a hard time with the long, cold winter, including starving ducks in Chicago, deer in Canada, bees in Ohio (and Michigan), livestock in China. Also, walking from Charlevoix 25 miles to Beaver Island. Unrelated, but cool video of heavy snow this winter in the Alps.