Great Lakes Water LevelsJune 5th, 2014 at 9:42 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
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. Ripley…New pipeline to bring water from Lake Huron to Flint. Great Lakes water temperatures still “dangerously cold”.