Click on the pic. to enlarge. This is from Jack Martin from nearly 2 weeks ago. There’s just a hint of the famous “Gales of November” in this picture. The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron was unchanged last week. It’s down 1″ in the last month, but up a whopping 21″ in the last year. The lakes remain 6″ above their historic average level. The water level of Lake Superior is down 3″ in the last month, up 10″ in the last year and 7″ above the historic average. Lake Erie has also dropped 3″ in the last month. Erie is 8″ higher than one year ago and 6″ above the average November level. Lake Ontario is the exception, down 4″ in the last month, down 5″ in the last year and is now 4″ below the century average level. Lake St. Clair is 11″ higher than one year ago and 6″ above the long-term average. Temperatures this month have been well below average over most of the Great Lakes region. This has also been a month with record snowfall at many locations, including Grand Rapids, Marquette and S. Ste Marie. Most of that has been lake-effect snow. Flow out of Lake Superior into Lake Huron down the St. Mary’s River is expected to continue to be “well above average”. The flow from Lake Huron down the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers will continue at above average levels, as well as flow from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario down the Niagara River and from Lake Ontario out the St. Lawrence River.
The buoys have been taken out of Lake Superior and Lake Ontario. Both the north (west of Leelanau, east of Door Co.) and south (between Holland and Milwaukee) are both still in the water and they both report a water temp. of 41.5°. The N Lake Huron buoy shows 41.2° and the S. Lake Huron buoy has a water temp. of 42.6°. There is one buoy in Lake Erie on the Canadian side (Port Stanley) and that shows 43.2°.
Look at these beautiful pics. of the St. Joseph Lighthouse by Tom Gill in the Daily Mail paper in London, England.
Grand Rapids has had 4 minutes of sunshine in the last 6 days. That’s an average of 40 seconds of sunshine per day!