Last Ice About to Melt on Lake Superior

June 6th, 2014 at 9:10 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lake Superior Ice 6 7 14  U.P season snowfall GLERL reports that the ice extent on Lake Superior is for the first time since last fall down to 0.0%.   That means the ice extent is less than 1/10 of 1%.   However, you can still see a little blue north of Ironwood, so they still report a few ice cubes left floating around there.   There is still a small patch of snow on the Mt. Ripley webcam.   Here’s season snowfall for the western and central U.P. (click the images to enlarge).   Mt. Bohemia had the highest snow total that I could find at 351″ (or 29 1/4 FEET).   Here’s some pics. of the pair of peregrine falcons that now call downtown G.R. home.

Also, Moderate Risk of Severe Storms Tonight from Kansas to Texas.  19 tornadoes reported so far Friday and over 220 severe reports from the High Plains to Coastal Georgia.  Lots of soaking rains from NW Texas to Nebraska.

93 Responses to “Last Ice About to Melt on Lake Superior”

  1. kevin. w says:

    Well the ice won’t keep the mosquitoes away up north and they are bad. The black flies, mosquitoes and mayflies all hatched the past few days up in the U.P. I just got back from being up there the past week and I never seen so many of all those bugs. Nothing would work from keeping them away unless your by the campfire or put a ton of lotion on. Anyone going up north better be prepared because its the worst I’ve seen in many years. I even saw one patch of snow on a hill going toward the western U.P. I talked to several old timers up there and they said quite a few people have to get the water wells done because they cracked from the severe winter and lots and lots of broken pipes plus quite a few roof problems as well. Glad I don’t live up there just a few visits a year is good for me.

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Mosquitos are bad right here. I just went outside to water a couple plants and was attacked. I could hear them buzzing around my head.

      1. Tim (Spring Lake) says:

        I sprayed the yard with 3 bottles of bug killer that you connect to your hose. Sprayed the entire yard, the house, and the woods around the yard. We’ll see how well it works over time, but it sure seemed like there were less bugs around my deck tonight.

      2. GunLakeDeb says:

        I raise bats. Not many skeeters around here :-)

    2. Barb says:

      My husband reports the mosquitoes are bad around Cheboygan tonight (Saturday).

  2. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Big area of tornado watch has gone up in parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas

  3. Brian(Grandville) says:

    It took until 6/6 to melt the last of the ice on the lakes. That’s impressive. We will see polar bears near the Lake Superior shore in the next few years at this rate.

  4. INDY says:

    Bill will could use some rain….Our cool summer is turning dry!! Sprites Lights Candy And Ice tonight!!! INDYY

    1. Jack says:

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    2. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Cool summer? It’s still Spring and Summer is 2 weeks away. How can you say we’re having a cool summer when it hasn’t even started yet? At best you might say we’re having a warm, mild, and dry late Spring. Temps in the 80′s would not count as ‘cool’ in my book.

      1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

        It was another one of his lame trolling attempts. G.R. has hit 80 or above 13 times already.

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        In terms of weather, it’s summer. June is summer, September is fall, December is winter, March is spring.

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          In terms of temperature, it usually lags the change of season by about 3 or 4 weeks, which puts it well into July.

        2. Cort S. says:

          Right, the peak of the average temperatures is right around mid-July, so this makes the definition of meteorological summer (June 1 – Aug 31) a pretty good fit with the temperature curve.

  5. Brian (Grandville) says:

    Nice looking 8 day forecast. Highs 75-80, lows 55-60.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:


  6. That’s quiet the surprise we got more snow than some of the southern parts of the U.P. Menominee County got only in the 60 inch range for snow. That is a pretty mild winter of you ask me. That explains why the highest deer and turkey population are in Menominee and Dickinson County.

    1. Well mild in terms of snowfall, not temperatures. Temps were brutal.

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      They don’t get much lake-effect snow there…and many of the synoptic storms missed them (to the south) this past winter.

      1. So Bill is that considered a “mild” winter for them since this year they didn’t get the synoptic systems unlike others years or is that there typical winter on average?

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          I don’t know how old this data is…but it has an average annual snowfall for Menominee County at 50-55″.

        2. Interesting. Never knew it what quiet that low. So in a sense they had an above average winter, as I am sure much of the state if not all did.

      2. ralphdraw3 says:

        Bill, you want to comment on this?

        American Meteorological Society
        “It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons, methane, and nitrous oxide.” (2012)7

        From NASA website

        1. michael g (SE GR) says:

          How about the rapid climate stabilization of the last 16 years? Did CO2 increasing from .03% of the atmosphere to .04% of the atmosphere cause that too?

        2. Mike Mangan says:

          I’ll comment. Rubbish. Satellites show no warming for last seventeen years…

          “Climate scientists” are unable to create a global climate model that resembles real world observations…

        3. Jack says:

          Global Warming: Ten Facts and Ten Myths on Climate Change …
          Stay CueDDDD….

        4. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

          Too bad NASA has turned into a political arm of the Obama regime.

        5. ralphdraw3 says:

          So the American Meteorological Society is lying too?

        6. ralphdraw3 says:

          This group is also lying…

          The Geological Society of America
          “The Geological Society of America (GSA) concurs with assessments by the National Academies of Science (2005), the National Research Council (2006), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) that global climate has warmed and that human activities (mainly greenhouse‐gas emissions) account for most of the warming since the middle 1900s.” (2006; revised 2010

        7. ralphdraw3 says:

          American Meteorological Society statement on climate change:

          (It is amazing the vast number of scientists lying about AGW)

        8. ralphdraw3 says:

          Climate Misinformer: Anthony Watts

          Anthony Watts is an American TV weather presenter and runs the blog Watts Up With That. He founded, which questions the reliability of the surface temperature record. Typically more than half of Watts’ live presentations feature photos of poorly sited weather stations.

          However, the surface temperature record is one line of evidence among thousands of lines of evidence for global warming. Ice sheets are melting, sea levels are rising, glaciers are retreating, thousands of species are migrating, seasons are shifting, local populations of species are going extinct. As for the temperature record, warming is also being observed over the ocean, well away from urban heat island and microsite influences.

        9. Bill Steffen says:

          The comment above this one from ralph is a cut and paste that’s on several climate alarmist blogs. Not familiar with Anthony Watts or his climate work, ralph does a google search to find something attacking his character – ralph can’t personally refute the data/facts.

          When the American Assn. of State Climatologists met here in G.R. several years ago, I was privileged to enjoy a dinner with Nolan Doesken, the State Climatologist of Colorado and the President of the Assn. at the time. He mentioned in a positive light the contribution of Anthony Watts in highlighting bad siting and urban heating in the climate record. There have been other state climatologists who have refuted climate alarmism: George Taylor, David Legates, Pat Michaels, Roger Pelkie. A couple years before Dr. Bill Gray, the hurricane expert who debunked the global cooling idea of the ’70s, predicted warming in the 80s and 90s and the leveling off of temperatures in the early 21st century and has been right both times, was the principal speaker. Bill Gray’s predictions have been correct, Al Gore’s have been incorrect. You can read some of Dr. Gray’s thoughts here:

  7. Jack says:

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  8. Jack says:

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  9. kevin. w says:

    Nice to go in my yard this morning and have to worry about some bug taking me away. The U.P. is a beautiful place to visit but when all the bugs come out you need to where long sleeves and a beekeepers hat just to enjoy it this year. LOL

  10. Bernie (At da Lakeshore) says:

    I think this is a record year for the No See Ums. As soon as the sun goes down in the evening there are clouds of them. Off and Cutters doesn’t seem to faze them either.

    On the bright side I think the long cold winter put a dent in the populations of ticks and stinkbugs.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I don’t know about stinkbugs – but the ticks have been awful. I pick them off my dogs almost daily (but we’re in the country where there’s a lot of wild critters bringing ticks into our yards)

  11. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Pollen during the day and mosquitos at night, oh my oh my.

    1. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

      You got that right. :)

  12. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    All that rain is doing wonders in the Midwest. Oklahoma’s exceptional drought is down from 34% to 21% over the last two weeks. I see the WPC is forecasting 6.4 inches of rain for Oklahoma City over the next week. The heavy rains are targeting some of the driest areas. Still looks mostly dry west of the Continental Divide : Though most every one east of there looks in for some decent rainfall. It’s a little dry around here even with the recent rains. My yard is getting some brown spots.

  13. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Here’s what Mlive in Muskegon says for our June, looks very hot and there could be several severe weather events in the middle of June.

    Here’s what they had to say…

    What about June?

    June looks interesting. Next week, the second week of June, looks fairly normal for early June. We should have a few stormy days, and most days will warm to between 75 and 82 degrees. That sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? But after about June 15, there are signs of some hot weather developing. This hot weather could last about a week. By hot I mean temperatures in the 80s and low 90s. This also could be a time when severe thunderstorms are possible. Finally, the last week of June has a sign of quite a cooldown to temperatures below normal. It makes me wonder if that will be the start of the cooler than normal weather related to El Nino.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      I’m not sure that saying a fairly normal week, a hot week, and the a sign of quite a cooldown to temperatures below normal for the last week is exactly the same as saying “June looks very hot.”

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Whoops I’m sorry I didn’t mean to confuse you, I meant that they said it was supposed to be HOT in the middle of June, not all of June, I’m sorry!

  14. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Another perfect day. Man, we’ve had a nice stretch of weather. Enjoy your weekend, bloggers.

  15. Sandy(Hudsonville) says:

    A beautiful day today! Not a cloud in the sky! Hope everyone is enjoying it.

  16. GunLakeDeb says:

    Just got back from an informative “Aquatic Invasive Species Blitz” at Yankee Springs State Park – a joint effort between the DEQ/DNR/MSU/Gun Lake Protective Ass’n/Gun Lake Tribe Conservation Dep’t. We offered information about not transporting invasive hitchikers on boats and trailers; a free boat wash; and giveaway items promoting clean boats! What a beautiful day – the boat ramp was packed!!!

  17. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Lots of swimmers in Grand Haven today! Perfect out

  18. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    My sister said there is at least one water spout of Lake Michigan shore about 3-5 miles off shore of the Rogers Park Illinois side.

  19. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Water here at Derby Lake is 75.5 degrees. It gets up to 90-95 feet deep in the middle, there is a hole that can make the water depth 100 ft deep in one spot. People have been in it since Memorial Day weekend. The water looks tad bit dirty for me to swim in right now. Lots of pollen and being stirred up from people putting boats and docks in.

  20. Boy do I love these 80 degree temps! I hope this weather sticks around and we keep getting above average temps this week! Looks like some showers arrive for tonight, maybe a storm or two as well. After this rain we continue with above average temps with one day below with some more rain for us which we all could use. Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

  21. John says:

    Any weather minds got ideas on when the next chance for severe weather around here is? Accuweather (pretty INaccurate, I’m aware) is saying strong thunderstorms for my area on Monday the 16th.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      My thoughts are still mid – month time frame , might catch a little something as early as the 11-12 but I’ll take weather like today all summer. :)

    2. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Where’s your area, just curious? Mlive in Muskegon said around mid month we could get some severe weather with very HOT conditions.

    3. Brian(Grandville) says:

      John, I personally wouldn’t trust any of the long range sites for a daily forecast, but rather stick with the local NWS, and Bill’s team. Predicting severe weather around here may be the most difficult part of the country to do so, even when its almost on top of us.

      1. John (Norton Shores) says:

        Very true, we just have to wait n see, I want some good storms so I am hopefull we will get some but yet again it’s Michigan so anything can happen. I do not want the HOT 90′s I can tell you that for sure lol!

  22. YeahThatDan says:

    Wow this! Weather! Is any one at Festival! The Greeks have this food called souvloky or something that is great. I could see, over 140 sold. This weekend! Wow! Stay cued.

    1. Jack says:

      Hey,,,,YEAHthatDAN ( 2nd Time around in case Ya Missed IT)))). STAY CUEDDDD =

  23. fixxxer says:

    Crappy overcast weather.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, it’s down right horrible out there, isn’t it. Might even rain tonight, sheesh!!!

      1. Wolverdog says:

        what is the weather coming to? To hot, to cold, not enough rain, to much rain, there is even air out there to breath!

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Sorry buddy. 80 and sunny all day here.

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Another ridiculous comment from Debbie Downer fixxxer! Imagine that!

  24. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Pretty noticeable gust front about to go through the GR area.

  25. Does anyone know off any parking areas to park your car to go ride on the Kai Haven Trail in Van Buren Co.? We were thinking about doing that either tomorrow or Monday but have never been there before

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Kyle – if you google “Kal-Haven Trail Map” – I know there’s a group who helps maintain the trail, and they show parking lots that access the trail.

  26. tinainvbcounty says:

    I know you can park across the street of Healy’s hardware in Gobles on M40. It is right about at the halfway point of the trail. People park at the cross streets all along the trail, up off to the side, too.

    1. Ok thanks tunainvbcounty. I will keep that spot in mind. Not sure where we will start yet but I am not doing the whole trail Lol id need a comfy bike seat for that.

    2. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

      Raced the R/C cars at Klassic Arcade all day today. Good thing there was a breeze or we would have cooked. lol Great day out today!!

  27. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    It was another GREAT day out on the golf course! Keep this FANTASTIC sunny and cool weather coming! Imagine that!

    1. Cool? How was today cool? It was warm today.

  28. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Who knew? Still ice and snow in the UP in June! Simply INCREDIBLE!

  29. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    I have a very important and slightly related question (it has to do with allergies). Does anyone know if a Bichon Frise causes allergies? I might get one but Im attempting to ask people what they are like first. Thanks! I had bad allergies today to trees but they aren’t as bad with dogs.

    1. A Bichon what? Lol what is that.

      1. Cort S. says:

        Google, yo! :)

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Yes but I want to get a personal opinion from someone Cort! Nice advice though.

    2. Mike Geukes says:

      My sister had a Bichon, and I have a variety of qllergies and had no problem with the Bichon. They are hypoallergenic and do not shed. They do need to see a dog groomer every 6 weeks or so.

  30. Well todays weather was basically perfect all around. It was above average today which was fantastic. Looks like next week things could get humid around here, which is ok with me I guess. Better to have a summer hot and sticky than cold and chilly in my opinion, but I know some concur. Now only if we good get some good boomers to pop into the forecast. Any thoughts on Wednesday?

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I concur greatly Kyle, with exception to the boomers.

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        I tht you liked a cooler summer Brian ?? I can always pass on the extremely humid days but I do enjoy the boomers that often come with , a bit of a dilemma of sorts I guess….lol. Today’s weather was great..!

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          I must have misread. Yes, the cooler the better for me. Today was as warm as I can stand it.

  31. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I’m not seeing much in store for us unfortunately aside form a few whispers with the low pressure system forecasted to come through our area mid next week but overall nothing to exciting. I believe we are in a holding pattern until next week.

    1. :/ That sucks Lol. I guess I am going to need a little patience


      Sorry Jack, I stole your CUE!

  32. INDY says:

    Our nice below normal summer keeps going Bill keep up the good work!!! INDY!!

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Mid 80′s the first week of June is below normal?

  33. Barb says:

    The warm, sunny weather is nice; we could use some rain here in SE GR. It’s very dry. I’m turning more of my yard into a native plant garden so I don’t have to water much. This climate is not conducive to growing grass.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Very little of the U.S. is conducive to growing grass, when you think about it. Imagine a world where things were different…
      Fun thought-provoking video of the day. :)

  34. Cort S. says:

    I’ve got your thunderboomers here in North Dakota, Darren! This one happened on Wednesday:

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Nice storm Cort..! Liking the looks of those clouds , very nice indeed as I hope we can get our act together soon her in Mi.

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