Great Lakes Water Levels

June 5th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

lake Superior Ice Pictured Rocks June 2 Amanda Gaylord NWS facebookmuskegon glerlChicago glerl fog 400 feet off the ground  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  On the left, we have ice – June 2 at Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior (from Amanda and the Gaylord NWS).  In the middle, we have sunset tonight from the Muskegon GLERL camera showing the incoming cirrus clouds (see the bird?).  On the right is a picture from the Chicago GLERL camera at the Harrison Water Intake east of downtown Chicago showing the buildings disappearing into a very low cloud base just a few hundred feet above ground level.  The GLERL pics. are courtesy of NOAA Coastwatch.

The month of May saw substantial rises in all five of the Great Lakes.    Lake Michigan/Huron is up another inch in the last week, six inches in the last month and 13″ year-to-year. The level is now just 7″ below the century average.  The lake is now 23″ above the lowest June lake level recorded in 1964.  Lake Superior is up a whopping 8″ in the last month and 13″ in the last year.  Superior is now a full 6″ above the long-term average.  Lake Erie is up 4″ in the last month and 9″ year-to-year. Erie is 3″ above the June century average. Lake Ontario is up 4″ in the last month and 7″ in the past year. Ontario is 5″ above the long-term average.  Lake St. Clair is up 5″ in the last month and up 9″ in the last year. The lake is 1″ above the long-term average. Lake Superior’s outflow down the St. Mary’s River into Lake Huron is forecast to remain above average through at least early summer.   The Grand River in Grand Rapids is still running well above average flow for early June, but it is dropping.   With an overall dry pattern over the Great Lakes, flow on the area rivers will get back to average or even a touch below average by late month.   Here’s where you can check streamflow on Michigan rivers.

Also:  It’s free fishing weekend!  That’ includes the Michigan Great Lakes.  There is still a little ice left on Lake Superior (0.9% as of Thurs. evening).  New Weather Buoys on the Great Lakes.  You’ve probably seen our pics. from the Port Sheldon Buoy on 24-Hour News 8.  It’s the most ice ever so late in the season. Here’s more on.Safe Boating Week…There’s still a little patch of snow at Mt. RipleyNew pipeline to bring water from Lake Huron to Flint.   Great Lakes water temperatures still “dangerously cold”.

18 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels”

  1. Barb says:

    When I was up at Cheboygan a week-and-a-half ago, there was hardly any beach and the rocks that normally stick out of the water were covered.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      The part that makes me nervous about our water levels being restored: there’s lots of places in the western US that are running low on fresh water. At the risk of sounding stingy – I don’t want them planning how they’ll tap OUR resources which are clearly abundant….

      1. ralphdraw3 says:

        The West and Texas/Oklahoma are in the midst of a three to four year drought. Water is rationed in Texad and California. Fruit and vegetable production will be down as farmers are not able to irrigate.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Current North Texas radar: Rainfall so far today: 1.34″ Amarillo, 0.78″ Oklahoma City. Huge rains on the way for N. Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Generous rainfall over the Corn Belt will continue.

  2. Resourceful Nana says:

    Slightly over 2 inches of rain here for the entire month of May. Now, this week, we received one inch on Monday and 0.4 inch on Wednesday. I wish we could get an inch each week, but that sounds unlikely in the next couple of weeks. Portage Lake is already on the low side, so this portion of the St. Joseph River watershed is not contributing much to the level of Lake Michigan.

  3. Treasure Hunter says:

    It’s amazing that the Michigan/Huron lake level is not much, much lower than it is already… Did some research on the dredging for the St. Clair river. The dredging goes back decades and has gotten progressively deeper as the ships got larger. Just do an internet search on dredging and the St. Clair River and there is lots of historical information and data points.

    ISS Flyover took place about 9:50 pm tonight. Moving N-NE. Very bright and cool too watch it go way out over the horizon. It is scheduled to fly by again around 11:25 pm tonight so get outside! Not too many clouds to cover it up. Look to the West as it will be moving at a pretty good clip due East. Again, very bright – no flashing lights.

    1. Jack says:

      CORRECTION on The ISS Flyover Time To View AGAIN TONIGHT HERE : Fri Jun 6, 1:05 AM 5 min 18° 10 above NW 10 above NE  
      Stay CUEDD……It will Not Be as HIGH In The SKY,as The 9:50pm Flyover Was Earlier…..ENJOY !!!

      1. Treasure Hunter says:

        Ummmm… 11:30 tonight we watched it fly over again. It was not as high, it was further toward the North and flew West to East.

        This website allows you to input your zipcode and it will give you dates, times, and other information on the flybys of many satellites. The magnitude of brightness of the 11:30 pm flyby was about a third of the earlier one.

        The next time the ISS will flyover with a superbright magnitude will be June 7th, roughly 3:30 am.

        1. Jack says:

          Sorry I stand Corrected By Your Link.. Thanks for The Link TreasureHunter !! This is the Link I Used and It Didn’t Not Show The 11:30 Flyover !!…Michigan…Grand_Rapids. Stay cueDDD, and Happy Viewing !!!

  4. Jack says:

    PHOTO OF THE DAY, ” Northern LIGHTS”….HERE::: Beautiful….AWESOME !!! :-)

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Nice. If we could only see that here. That’s still one thing I’ve never seen.

  5. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    I posted this on the last topic. Didn’t see a new one started. I’ll repost it incase it gets missed. Mr. Negative had made a comment about a helicopter flying along power lines in his area today. I think most likely what they were doing is surveying to make repairs/upgrades, trim trees or just re-survey the property easements. I know a couple people who do that but work for different companies.

    Bill, Mr. Negative, Gun Lake Deb and anyone else who has never seen this. Here is a couple links on the above topic about helicopters and power lines.

    I also seen another video somewhere the metal rod was connected to the helicopter the whole time they made a repair because the guy didn’t get out of the basket. Similar to this one.

    This link is the best. They first stick a metal rod onto or close to the lines and it grounds through the helicopter so they can touch the lines.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Hi Steven! I guess I wasn’t clear enough – because I knew the helicopter I saw following the power lines was doing some sort of “work” regarding the lines. The lines near us, aren’t tall enough to require helicopter service work – that would be amazing (and scary) to watch!!!

      The helicopter we see hovering from time to time, is the State Police chopper. Everyone around this area pays attention to that, because it’s often how they direct boating accident rescues. When it’s not hovering over water – it’s off looking for illicit “crops” and directing land patrols to suspicious areas.

  6. INDY says:

    Wow no copy cats tonight on this blog Bill that’s a cool down like outside!! The old furny kicked on this morning I am sure it tomorrow morning to!! Hey no lunch in the park this summer??? INDYY!!

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Lol! About ready to close the windows for the night here.

    2. Jack says:

      COOL NITES= No Need For ” Ice” for thee SPRITES @ THEEE YARDofBRICKS !!! Stay CUEDDD…NEPU INDY!!!

  7. fixxxer says:

    too darn cold out at night.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Chin up, buckeroo. It’ll be okay.

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