Great Lakes Water Levels

July 4th, 2014 at 2:39 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Lake Superior between MQT and Munising - Michelle Olin   Picture of Lake Superior between Marquette and Munising by Michelle Olin.  Lake Michigan/Huron is up 4″ in the last month, up 14″ in the last year and just 5″ below the century average (that should drop to -4 or -3 this month).  Lake Superior is up 2″ in the last month, up 13″ year-to-year and is now 6″ above average level.  Lake Erie is up 1″ in the last month, up 5″ in the last year and is now 4″ above the long-term average.  Lake Ontario is down 2″ in the last month, down 1″ year-to-year and is 6″ above the century average.  Lake St. Clair is up 3″ in the last month, up 7″ year-to-year and is 3″ above the long-term average.  Flow down the St. Mary’s River from Lake Superior into Lake Michigan/Huron will remain above average through July.  River levels in West Michigan remain above average flow.   The Grand River in Grand Rapids is falling very slowly and is at 4,600 cfs compared to an average flow of 2,740 cfs.  Lake Michigan beach water temperatures are in the 60s.  The mid-Lake Michigan buoy west of Holland (east-southeast of Milwaukee) shows a water temp. of 51°.

12 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels”

  1. Hudsonville Barn Cat says:

    No ice out on Lake Superior? Is it August?

  2. Jack says:

    ” GREAT”!!!! Great Lake NEWS Bill. Our GREAT LAKES are Certainly a Treasure !!! Stay CueDDD & God Bless…. :-)

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    1. Grest news on the water levels!
    2. Great news about the current temperature pattern!
    3. The weather has been INCREDIBLE lately! Keep it coming baby!

    1. matt says:

      Where is your mini ice age and next week we got eighties. Go play in your freezer.

      1. fixxxer says:


        Tad chilly here in grandville. They city must b broke. Short show tonight, nothing special.

        1. matt says:

          Holland was good. The best showa are the neighbors lighting them off goodness

        2. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

          Hesperia’s fireworks were fantastic!!

        3. matt says:

          Hesperia always puts on a good show. Its a nice town with nice people. Been there a time or two always enjoyed it

  4. Jack says:

    EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2014

    Meteor seen during 2013 Eta Aquarid shower by Justin Ng
    Next up … two showers converge in late July and early August to give us what we in the N. Hemisphere consider to be our best meteor display. Plan ahead now.

    Well, the meteor rate for the long-anticipated Camelopardalid shower was only about 5-10 meteors per hour at the peak. It was a far cry from the “possible” predicted rate of 200 meteors/hour! Still, thanks to astronomers’ encouragement, many did get outside on the night of May 23-24 and capture fine photos of Camelopardalid meteors, and random meteors, streaking across the sky. See five particularly nice meteor photos here. Next up … the wonderful meteor showers that come each year in late July and early August. That is when two showers converge to give us what we in the N. Hemisphere consider, in most years, to be our best meteor display. The Perseids are best for the N. Hemisphere, and the Delta Aquarids are best for the S. Hemisphere, so there’s something for everyone! Click here for more about the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. Click here for more about the Perseid meteor shower. Stay CueDD & Keep LOOKING UP!!!! :-)

  5. Jack says:

    On July 5 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    A record high of 100 degrees at Grand Rapids contributes to July 1921 becoming the warmest month on record there with a mean temperature of 79.8 degrees.
    One person was injured by a tornado that destroyed three barns while passing north of Alma and Saint Louis in Gratiot County.
    Temperatures fell to record lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s across the region. The 37 degrees at Lansing was the coldest July reading of the 20th century there.
    Thunderstorms with hail and heavy rain pound areas of West Michigan. The 3.56 inches of rain at Grand Rapids makes this the wettest July day on record. ;-)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Thanks, Jack – good information.

      1. Jack says:

        graag gedaan…..stAy CUEDD….

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