Record Ice on the Great LakesApril 18th, 2014 at 1:06 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge. The first picture was taken last weekend by Gary Brink at Holland, Michigan (you may remember the picture of the “tsunami cloud” that Gary took 2 years ago). This is a very interesting pictures and something we’ve never seen before. The sun is setting well north of due west as we are well past the Spring Equinox. There has never been anywhere near this much ice on the Holland beach in mid-April. The graph on the right shows the percent of the Great Lakes still covered with ice. It’s more than double the highest percent recorded in mid-April during the satellite era. The mid-week analysis by NOAA/Coastwatch showed a Great Lakes ice cover of 37.1%. The 4/18 ice percentage shows 20.1% ice cover on Lake Michigan. Lake Superior still shows a 67.9% ice cover, Lake Huron is at 33.6%, Lake Erie (the southernmost Great Lake) is at 16.0% ice cover and Lake Ontario is has a 2.5% ice cover.
The latest Great Lakes water levels from the Army Corps of Engineers shows the following increases in Great Lakes water levels over the past month: Lake Superior 2″, Lake Michigan 7″, Lake Huron 7″, Lake Erie 11″ and Lake Ontario 14″. The year-to-year change in water levels of the Great Lakes: Superior +13″, Lake Michigan +13″, Lake Huron +13″, Lake Erie +9″, Lake Ontario +5″.
The mid-week snowstorm brought heavy snow to much of Upper Michigan, with totals of 19″ at Laurium and Allouez, 18″ at S. Range, 17″ at Ontonagon and 15″ at Caspian and Mohawk. Snow depths Thursday in the U.P.: 46″ Herman and Hoist Basin, 40″ Grand Marais and Mohawk, 31″ at Houghton, 28″ at Marquette (airport) and 12″ at S. Ste. Marie. Ashland, Wisconsin reported 15″ of new snow and Rock Creek, Minnesota had 17″.
On Wednesday & Thursday in Vostok, Antarctica, the high was minus-97 F (minus-72 C). Coldest Twins game ever. No severe weather reports in the U.S. Wednesday or Thursday. There have been more tornadoes in California this year (so far) than Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas COMBINED!