Great Lakes Water Levels

May 22nd, 2014 at 8:01 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

South Haven GLERL with sailboat   Click the pic. to enlarge.  This is the NOAA Coastwatch GLERL cam at the S. Haven lighthouse, catching a sailboat out for an evening sail.  The water levels of all five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair are now up a foot or more year-to-year, an incredible boost.  Lake Michigan/Huron is up an inch in the last week, seven inches in the last month and 13″ year-to-year.  The level is now just 7″ below the century average.  Lake Superior is up a whopping 9″ in the last month and 13″ in the last year.  Superior is now a full 7″ above the long-term average.  Lake Erie is up 2″ in the last week, 6″ in the last month and 13″ year-to-year.  Erie is 4″ above the century average.  Lake Ontario is up 3″ in the last week, 9″ in the last month and 12″ in the past year.  Ontario is 7″ above the long-term average.  Lake St. Clair is up 8″ in the last month and up 13″ in the last year.  The lake is 2″ above the long-term average.  Lake Superior’s outflow down the St. Mary’s River into Lake Huron is forecast to remain above average into early summer.

Did you see the video of the fog coming in off Lake Michigan Wednesday??  The temperature in Holland (airport) dropped 15° in an hour as the fog and cool air moved inland.   There is still a little ice left on Lake Superior (3.9% as of Thurs. early afternoon).  It’s the most ice ever so late in the season.   Mysterious shipwrecks on Lake MichiganSafe Boating Week…There’s still a little snow at Mt. RipleyFlood waters close Tahquamenon Falls trailPark supervisor Craig Krepps says sections are underwater and some bridges are washed out. He says it won’t reopen until water recedes and staffers repair damage.  Some other park trails also are partially submerged. The U.S. Geological Survey says the river is running three times higher than its May average.

21 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels”

  1. kevin. w says:

    Whatever the weather Hot/humid frigid/dry got my new furnace, A/C and in house humidifier for 8 bills am a happy camper today.

  2. Marcus says:

    Bill or others…any news on this comet trail meteor shower coming for the weekend? When and where should I be looking?

  3. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Doe anyone know the last time Lake Michigan was this close to its average level? Great news for all the lakes.

      1. Treasure Hunter says:

        Do we know when they increased the amount of dredging leading the increased outflow from Huron/Michigan? It would probably correlate directly with the chart on average water levels. That is the real issue that needs to be addressed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

  4. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Pretty cool interactive Tornado Map for those that are curious if any passed near you.

    1. This map shows the Byron Center tornado! There is a red dot just on the north side of Byron Center. The scary thing is that tornado that hit Byron Center in 1975 would have made a direct hit on my house…kinda spookey but cool. There is another tornado website that shows the tornado tracks and looking at that same tornado, it would have run my house right over. It was an EF2

      1. But my house was not even built yet at that time. My house is next to a very old farm house that actually got the roof blown off of it by that tornado but the structure was fine since it was brick. Quite the story they have

        1. Ohh and finally lol the anniversary of that tornado was just back on May 20 (2 days ago).

          Here is the interactive map so see all of the tornado tracks (View at 1,000-5,000 results on the page to get all of the storm tracks. We have had 985 tornadoes in Michigan between 1951 and 2013 according to this.

  5. Now that I am done with school for the summer that means more time to chase storms! That is if they come at a time in which I am not at work.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Do you still hv one year left Kyle…? Nice feeling either way to be done for the summer , I’m sure. More time for chasing always a plus….As I think it would be great to take 6 mon to a year and map out sporting events you would like to attend as destinations ( baseball , football , hockey , etc ) and chase storms in between when conditions are best!! A storm chasing / sports venue best road -trip tour of the states!! Via RV has always been my thinking , but one would also need a chase vehicle if going the RV route .

  6. When looking at that tornado history map, note the big gap and lack of tornadoes west of a line from Muskegon to Traverse City. Pretty quiet area for tornadoes there for some reason since 1951.

  7. ER from GR says:

    So INDYY had too many sprites today and missed his pary bus return ride home from the Detroit Tigers Game and is stranded in Detroit!!!!!!!!!
    SPRITE IT UP!!!!

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      I would to if I watched the Tigers lately :(

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      LOL! We missed our transit back to the hotel after a game a few years ago. But it was only a short walk back to the hotel.

    3. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      How is this know ? No bueno for Indy if this is true …Not enough sprites must have been the problem.

  8. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    ” The Cold Hollows UP North ” Rocky I think I’ve found your dream location. :)


  9. Barb says:

    I actually could use rain at my house already with all the wind lately.

  10. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Don’t forget about this one for tomorrow night everyone.

  11. Went to Allendale then to Holland this afternoon. You could feel the temperature different compared to Byron Center. We got garden plants and flowers today at countryside greenhouse. That greenhouse is huge!

  12. John Drury says:

    Bill or others: We saw the fog roll in near the Holland State Park beach.Although not as “massive” as on the video, it was impressive. The reported explanation is “advection fog”, formed by warm moist air moving over a cool service, in this case, Lake Michigan. That makes sense to me. But in this case, where did the warm air come from? The snippets I have read are suggesting that it formed because of the dramatic difference in temperature between the Lake and the warm moist air over the land (West Michigan). But what I don’t understand is this: if the warm moist air over the shoreline caused the fog, I would have expected to see the fog forming near shore and moving westward over the Lake, associated with an off-shore breeze. But this wasn’t the case. The fog was clearly moving in from the west-southwest.
    Anyone have an explanation?

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