Great Lakes Water Levels Shoot Upward

May 15th, 2014 at 10:58 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Marquette ice 5 13 14 photo from mark hagerman    Click on the image to enlarge.  This is the shoreline by Marquette MI on 5-13-14 (courtesy of Mark Hagerman – his friend took the pic.).  It looks like the Arctic Ocean seen from Barrow, Alaska!  Wow!  As of Thursday night, we are STILL at 13.7% ice cover on Lake Superior!  Speaking of WOW!  Check out the rise in water levels on the Great Lakes!  Lake Superior is up 5″ in just the past week!!  That’s due to rain, snowmelt and below average evaporation.  Superior is now 10″ higher than it was one month ago (I have never seen a 10″ rise in a month on Lake Superior) and up 17″ in the last year!  Lake Superior is now 6″ above the long-term average level.  Lake Michigan/Huron (one lake for lake-level purposes) is up 3″ in the past week and up 14″ in the past year.  The lake is now only 7″ below the century average.  Lake Erie is up 1″ in the last week, up 4″ in the last month and up 8″ in the past year.  The lake is 1″ above the long-term average.   Lake Ontario is up 9″ in the past month and 9″ year-to-year.   Ontario is 4″ above the century average.   Lake St. Clair is up 2″ in the last week, up 6″ in the last month and up 13″ year-to-year.  St. Clair is one inch above the century average.   The flow down the St. Mary’s River from Lake Superior to Lake Huron will continue to be above average.

Also:  Lake Michigan is totally ice-free after setting a record for ice cover in early MarchEnd of ice-breaking on the Great LakesLate-season ice is slowly the start of walleye fishing in OntarioTraverse City to build new fishing pierLake Huron stocked with Atlantic salmon.   Great Lakes Photo Gallery.

84 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels Shoot Upward”

  1. GunLakeDeb says:

    I sure hope some folks took pictures of the INCREDIBLE orange-colored rising full moon tonight!!!! So beautiful; I would have taken a pic – but I was driving home and had no camera handy :-(

  2. Brian(Grandville) says:

    This is excellent news. The bad thing is, when will the water temps be tolerable for swimming for most of us this summer.

  3. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    WOW…that is a big jump in water levels. Maybe this will help our shipping business on the Great Lakes.

    1. Skot says:

      And put The Army Corp of Engineers on a well deserved vacation.

  4. on the Grand says:

    Good news. I have owned waterfront property and beach front property and have been able to almost walk across the Grand. Every year the water level is different. Some years the boat is tie up to the sea wall and other years it is almost beached.It has been a while but the water level is looking good.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      +1

  5. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    I thought it was bedtime, until my wife wanted ice cream/candy bar. Maybe I will get to bed by 1am.lol

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Lol! Too late to get a sweet tooth for me.

  6. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Water levels are up. This is good news! Is there still ice in some lovations on Lake Superior? Looks like frost chances tomorrow and then we warm up into early next week. May is officially 1/2 over. It’s time for some average temps, whatever those are

    1. Dan (Byron Center) says:

      *locations. not sure what a lovation is. It is not an ovation guitar.

  7. bluegill says:

    Snowing at a pretty good rate right now in NE Grand Traverse County. Even collecting on my deck. Well, at least it isn’t raining.

  8. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Had to scrape my windows this morning. Whats up with that?

  9. GunLakeDeb says:

    Heavy frost on rooftops this morning; and bizarre lake fog rising due to the 28 degree temps here.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Brrrrrr…..!

  10. Kevin. w says:

    Anyone see the news about the reservoirs out west and how low they are. The talk has been about the cold, snow, flooding, hot temperatures and the drought but not much talk of how the low the reservoirs and lakes are. The news showed some pictures and a quite a few lakes were extremely low to the point of gone. One of the lakes, and I can’t remember the name of it, was down almost 105 feet. I had to rewind it to here it again cause I wasn’t sure I heard the right number, but that’s what it said. I’m sure its right because Bill just said how our lakes have gone up fast while out west there evaporating just as fast as ours are filling. I feel for the people out west and sure hope this fall/winte/spring it will change. :)

    1. Cliff(KZOO) says:

      Extreme drought will do that, just wait one day it will be back to normal. Everything happens in cycles.

      1. Ansel says:

        Cycles can be broken by man. Dams, fracking, etc….

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Not weather cycles.

    2. Grady Foster says:

      Out west is California from your description. Here in Montana we have well above normal snowpack, slow melt due to below normal temps and full lakes, rivers and irrigation ditches are the result. We are 80 percent the size of California. The precip band just got pushed a little further north than normal this last winter.

  11. Cliff(KZOO) says:

    -18 degree day yesterday for kalamazoo compared to averages.I had a low this morning of 29 in Scotts. Grass was frosted but fields weren’t thankfully. Back below average for the month of May. When will it end?

  12. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Record low set in Grand Rapids this morning. Third place on coldest high temperature yesterday as well, which made May 16 the most abnormal day of the month so far in GR. Probably top ten coldest temps this morning in all other lower Michigan climate stations.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      I have the record low for GR on the 16th as 29° set in 1997.
      SlimJim

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Whoops, you’re are correct, as usual. I was off by a day. 3rd coldest temp for today in GR.

  13. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Detroit had a little heat wave yesterday, hitting 64°, while Flint could only manage 52° and Lansing 49°.

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

      The highest my wind chill got all day was 39°.

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

    When I woke up at 6:40 my thermometer said it was 32.1°. I didn’t expect to get that cold since we live on the top of a big hill.

  15. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Here at my house I had a low of 32° last night and as far as I can tell it looks like 33° was the low at the airport for the coldest May 16th since 1997 (that was the record low of 29) right now I have some sun and the temp is now all the way up to 37°. Of course over in Flint the low there stopped at a warm 36° But not too far away in Pontiac it did make it to at least 34°.
    SlimJim

  16. Well I never really ended up getting any frost last night. The grass got lots of dew and is soaking wet this morning though. Lots of farmers around here have already planted there Cabbage fields

  17. fixxxer says:

    This weather is absolutley pathetic.

  18. Jacob G. says:

    You have to wonder with all this colder than normal Great Lakes fresh water flowing into the Atlantic has this helped make the AMO go negative in the short term. Also you will see this summer less Artic ice melt because of the negative AMO. Which by this summer could mean that global sea ice is above average. Something to watch for and be interesting to see how they spin that.

  19. Jacob G. says:

    Looking out the Euro weeklies still have an up and down pattern for the rest of the month. It does have first week of June the longest stretch of warmth on the control run and the ensembles show a average start to June temperature wise. Still see some really nice May weather coming up with highs in 70′s and cooling off at night in the 40′s. The 00Z HIRES Euro tries to bring warm front up to our area next week but doesn’t get as far as the GFS is showing. Lately seems like GFS has done a better job with the warm fronts though.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Were about 6 weeks behind tempwise.

  20. John (Norton Shores) says:

    There could be some strong storms and maybe even severe next Tuesday and Wednesday! :)

    HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
    510 AM EDT FRI MAY 16 2014

    MIZ037>040-043>046-050>052-056>059-064>067-071>074-170915-
    MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-
    MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-IONIA-CLINTON-ALLEGAN-BARRY-EATON-
    INGHAM-VAN BUREN-KALAMAZOO-CALHOUN-JACKSON-
    510 AM EDT FRI MAY 16 2014

    THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST LOWER
    MICHIGAN.

    .DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT

    HIGH WATER LEVELS WILL PERSIST THROUGH TONIGHT ON SOME OF THE RIVERS
    WITH MINOR FLOODING POSSIBLE.

    FROST WILL ONCE AGAIN BE POSSIBLE FOR TONIGHT.

    .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

    RIVER LEVELS WILL REMAIN ELEVATED THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

    STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY.

    .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

    SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED.

    $$

  21. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    This excerpt from the WPC’s extended discussion , I found a little funny and maybe we will see some…..!

    THE N-CENTRAL US NRN TIER MAY ALSO SEE SOME HEAVIER RAINS MON-WED AS A
    MID LEVEL TROUGH TRACKS ALONG/N OF THE CANADIAN BORDER. SOME
    HEAVY ” SHOWERS/BOOMERS ” MAY ALSO DEVELOP FARTHER SEWD AS WAVY
    FRONTAL ZONE SPREADS MOISTURE INTERCEPT FOCUS TOWARD THE GREAT
    LAKES/OH VALLEY/MID-ATLANTIC.

    BOOMERS ? ? ? :)

    1. fixxxer says:

      I dont want storms. Just sun and warm weather.

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Everyone likes thunder – storms as that usually means warmer weather. This weekend doesn’t look all that bad , 60′s and sun I’ll take it..!

  22. Jack says:

    HAPPY ” FRY” DAY……ALL!!!! CUE:::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChBHCkbbg9Q. Heee,heeee……stay CUEDD……GO GRIFFS!!!!!

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Don’t Bogart That Joint My Friend!

  23. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    As of 2PM you would have to go back to 1956 to find a colder temp during the day then today’s 47° (so far) Maybe the sun will come out and help boost the temp up to 50 or better. Either way its been one cold May day. One has to wonder how often this will happen this summer? That is having record to near record cold days?
    As for the expected warm up next week by next week the average high is in the low 70’s so temps in the upper 60’s to low 70’s would just be “average” at best.
    SlimJim

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Lansing didn’t hit 50 yesterday and it doesn’t look it’s going to today either.

  24. Jack says:

    I’m a BIRD WATCHER,,,, My Favorite HERE ::: http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/photos/baltimore_oriole_1.jpg. :-) . Stay CueDDD, GO TIGERS!!

  25. Jack says:

    PHOTO of The Day,,,,” Northern Lights” !! BEAUTIFUL ::::: http://www.softservenews.com/photos/large/1378277_616674111718421_1661563543_n.jpg. :-) . YAY GOD!!!

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Always enjoy looking at the northern lights pics…someday in person! Thanks Jack…:)

  26. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    What’s the picturing sharing app some use on here , as I have a cool lighting pic to share ? ( Can you post vids ) ?

    1. Darrekk says:

      Tiny Pic

  27. John (Norton Shores) says:

    For the ones that like storms and severe storms including me, it looks like we will get to have more fun on Tuesday! :) this is from the NWS GRR afternoon discussion.

    .

    .LONG TERM…(MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY)
    ISSUED AT 323 PM EDT FRI MAY 16 2014

    A LARGE DOME OF SFC HIGH PRESSURE WILL GRADUALLY DRIFT EAST FROM THE
    GREAT LAKES MONDAY AND BE REPLACED BY LOW PRESSURE OVER THE PLAINS.
    THE LOW WILL PUSH A WARM FRONT THROUGH LOWER MICHIGAN TUESDAY. THE
    TRANSITION TO THE WARM SECTOR WILL PROVIDE A DAY AND A HALF
    OPPORTUNITY FOR THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT. THE HIGHEST CHANCE FOR
    TSRA DEVELOPMENT WILL COME TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING
    AS THE SFC LOW MAKES A MOVE TOWARD THE CWA. MUCAPES ARE PROGD TO
    CLIMB TO AROUND 1K J/KG LATE TUESDAY. IT/S EARLY YET…BUT SHEAR
    VALUES PROGD AROUND 50KTS SUGGEST THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONG TO SEVERE
    STORMS LATE TUESDAY.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Let’s hope the forecast holds for another 4 days and then comes to fruition , I could use some boomers to warm my chilled bones….. It’s funny how even though my tolerance for cold is quite high especially after our recent winter , however I notice my mental preparedness is not quite the same as my mindset is now searching for that warmer weather. I think I’m just over the mercury dropping below 40 , as I feel we have endured enough cold temps and I’m ready for a warming trend.

  28. INDY says:

    I travass must be out getting a sun tan today his kind of weather !!! Did we even make 50* ?? It has been in the 40′s all day out at thee YARDofBRICKS!!! Well lets hope we get some 80′s in June!! This is a sprite night!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      FRYday NITE SPRITIES 4 U….INDY,,,,, Smokes and COKES,,, 4 Uncle YACK JACK !!! Sunny SKIES Here @ The YARDofCUES !!! And AAAA BIG THANK- YOU for The Ride To The STORE !!! Keep Your EYES Peeled RIGHT Now,,, 4 The ” Spanish Moon” CUE ::::: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qQnGfZpIfY. Go GRIFFS & TIGERS!!!!! :-)

  29. Well my official high today was 49 degrees. Just shy of reaching 50! Tomorrow mid to upper 50′s looks achievable with 60′s and even 70′s returning for next week. Some days next week will be above average! I love it! Not seeing any temperatures cooler than 70 starting Monday, May 19 through at least May 25 at this point.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      You must not trust Bill’s forecast then? High temp forecast on the 23rd is 67 degrees! Imagine that!

      1. No to be honest I don’t. When we got sunshine we usually end up being about 2-3 degrees warmer than anticipated. Plus, Intellicast shows no colder than 70 in that time period. No cool weather after tomorrow at least for a while

  30. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    I absolutely love the temperature forecast for this weekend! Keep the cool temperatures coming! No signs of 80 degrees in the short, mid or long range forecasts! FANTASTIC!

    1. Some areas in West Michigan could make 80 degrees given that 77 in the forecast. We will wait and see though

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      I love it. Plenty of 80′s and some 99′s this summer. Imagine that. Who knew? Bring it.

  31. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    The year of no summer weather has begun! Get used to it!

    1. Tom says:

      Don’t you have to get ready for your prom? My guess is that you couldn’t find a date or maybe you could take Rodey!!

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Thanks for listening you loser! Your admiration is appreciated!

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      The year of a fantastic summer and a coming mild winter has started. Bring it. Get used to it. Who knew. I love it.

  32. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    CPC hazards outlook : Jeez they need rain on the west coast and approx 20% of the rest of the U.S does as well. ( severe drought conditions ). I see why you left this graphic out Rocky…! :)

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/threats/hazards_d3_7_contours.png

    CPC Temp / Precip : ( 8-14 day ) Hey we are out of the blue and partly in the orange up north…!

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      This would be good news for the west and other areas that are in need of moisture, let’s hope we do see the blocking that they are calling for in the medium – long range forecast.

      THIS SHIFT WILL HAVE IMPORTANT RAMIFICATIONS FOR THAT
      REGION, WITH A WHOLESALE COOLING AND MOISTENING OF THE ATMOSPHERE
      OVER THE TINDERBOX OF CALIFORNIA, AND THE REINTRODUCTION OF LATE
      SEASON RAINS AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS TO THE NORTHERN GREAT BASIN.
      ANOTHER IMPORTANT RESULT OF THE NEW WESTERN TROUGH WILL BE A
      PRONOUNCED TAP OF TROPICAL MOISTURE INTO THE EXTREME DROUGHT AREAS
      OF NORTHWEST TEXAS AND WESTERN OKLAHOMA. BEFORE THE RAINS FALL IN
      THAT DROUGHT REGION, TEMPERATURES SHOULD SOAR ABOVE THE CENTURY
      MARK AS THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE BULGES NORTHWARD.

  33. Todd In Nunica says:

    I could use a bit of dry weather, everything is squishy, wet, flooded, I have never seen water in my back yard this late in the spring. Not to mention the soil temps still sitting in the 50′s on the lakeshore, explains the forsythia still flowering and the lack of leaves on the trees. I know I have never seen it be this late and still very little leaves, plus some shrubs that usually flower by the first week of April, still flowering. Crazy weather.

    1. Todd In Nunica says:

      The lawns I have with lake Michigan as their back yard are a joy to mow when there is a west wind…lol

    2. I am assuming the lake breeze it what is holding down everything over there towards the lakeshore plus the cool air today. Kent County eastward, woods are getting very thick with leaves. Tale of two worlds

      1. Todd In Nunica says:

        When I was at the lakeshore mowing on Wed, the guys thermostat in his back yard said 39. That and a very strong breeze off the lake….glad I brought a sweatshirt! (his yard is about 100 yards off the water)

  34. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Oh no….I might as well post this , let’s just hope the experts don’t get this correct. I would take normal or EC….Jeeez!!

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php

    1. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Normal temps this time of year are in the 70′s, so I will take normal, finally no blue on the 6-10 day or 8-14 day outlooks! :)

      1. Hey John, how are the leaves coming over by you? Is it pretty sparse there to?

        1. John (Norton Shores) says:

          Much later this year, but gradually coming along, small leaves and big buds so far.

        2. That’s pretty incredible really that its this late. Kent County eastward I would say is running about average in terms of leaves. The woods are very thick over here by me. Medium sized leaves

        3. Jack says:

          Lilac Bushes are WAY Behind schedule Here at The YARDofCUES and Thee YARDofBRICKS,,,CRAZY Spring 4 sure ! Stay CUEDDD….FOR, 80′s !! In JUNE,hopefully. !! ;-)

        4. Todd In Nunica says:

          I travel between Coopersville and lake Michigan every day and it is truly amazing to see the difference. In fact the daffodils along the lakeshore are still in bloom. The beech trees are still tight, oaks are really small leaves, maples are starting. I checked the daily soil temps that MSU puts out and looks like it has only peaked above 60 deg a few days,(west olive station) other than that its been stuck in the 50′s.

          Its basically early April along the lakeshore.

    2. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      * sooty wrong graphic…lol. Try again…….

      http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/30day/off14_temp.gif

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        That will make 7 months in a row! Must be global warming! Keep it coming! INCREDIBLE!

        1. Tom says:

          Do us all a favor this weekend and try some ice fishing!!

      2. John (Norton Shores) says:

        We’ll at least the 6-14 day outlook looks about average, so temperatures in the upper 60′s and 70′s and maybe even a few 80′s to mix in, I will soak up anything above 65! :)

  35. Jack says:

    RAIN Delay at Fenway Park,,, Tigers UP… 1-0 in The Fourth !!! Stay CUEDD!!!! :-)

  36. Does anyone have any temperature readings of any inland lakes?

    1. Jack says:

      TRY This KYLE :::: Inland Lake water temps? – The Michigan Sportsman Forums
      http://www.michigan-sportsman.com › … › Warm Water Fishing Inland LP Lakes.

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