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Cold Forecast for Early Feb.

January 21st, 2015 at 9:59 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

814temp.new   Here’s the 8-14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for Jan. 29 through Feb. 4.  If I’m the groundhog, I’d be thinking about staying my my burrow and sleeping off the Super Bowl Party!  The dark blue means that CPC is pretty darn sure that it’s going to be chilly.  It’s a continuation of the persistent pattern of ridge (warmer than average air) in the West and trough (cooler than average air) east of the Rockies.  Even if the storm track is suppressed to our south and east, we’ll be susceptible to lake-effect snow and an occasional light accumulations from mostly weak disturbances in the northwest flow.  This year winter may not end until the fat snowman sings…or melts.  The GFS model for Feb. 1-6 is showing the Polar Express will be chuggin’ down the track into the Continental U.S. (does South Florida escape the Arctic air again?).  The European model has -40 air centered just north-northeast of Michigan.  Here’s the European showing the path of the clipper snow for Sunday across SW Michigan.

On the other side of the coin – The temperature hit a scorching 117 F in Morawa & Leonora, Australia today.  Volcano explodes in Mexico.   Heavy rain in SE Alaskafollowed by much colder air.   Surfing in Alaska…in January!     Up to a foot of snow for parts of New Mexico, S. Colorado and far NW Texas.   Note the red color on this map…showing the air coming south down the western Gulf of Mexico and squeezing through the mountains out into the Pacific Ocean.  Heckuva carbon footprintCO2 emissions falling in the U.S., falling in Europe, falling in Japan, rising in India, skyrocketing in China.   Snow on the castle in Segovia, SpainTwin waterspouts off of Yeppoon, Australia.   Heckuva snowstorm for the Texas Panhandle – 3″/hour snowfall rates!   Amarillo, Texas has had a foot of snow and still coming!


Thursday – Flurries End

January 21st, 2015 at 12:39 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

    Still a few flurries in the area this Thursday morning.  Many areas have had a dusting to an inch overnight and that’s enough for some slick spots on the roads.  Total snowfall was 2-3″ from Lansing to Northern Kent and Newaygo Counties…about an inch and a half in Muskegon and Grand Rapids.  Winds have been light, so no drifting and temperatures have fallen to the upper teens to mid 20s overnight.  Where it cleared out it’s down to -5 already at Grayling.  Season snowfall now up to 54.5″ for G.R. and 58.0″ for Muskegon.

Grand Rapids has had 2.6% of possible sunshine over the last 8 days or 1 hour and 50 minutes total sunshine in over a week.  January is still 5° cooler than average.  We have had only 3 days this month without at least a trace of snow.

The state with the most area under a Winter Storm Warning this morning is New Mexico.  Heavy snow extends into NW Texas.  Temperatures hit a scorching 118 F in Carnarvon and 117 F at Shark Bay, Australia

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast (totals increased on the Sat. overnight model run). Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indian radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map


Mid-Point of Winter

January 20th, 2015 at 7:48 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lake Michigan winter jack martin s. haven 1 15   Another great pic. from Jack Martin (check out his pics. at the link).  Click on the pic. to enlarge.  As far as temperatures go…we’re at the mid-point of winter today.  Grand Rapids has an average high/low of 30/18 today and it’s uphill from here.  The average high temperature goes up to 33 on Valentine’s Day, to 38 on March 1st, to 44 by mid-March and 51 on March 31.  The second half of winter is the brighter half of winter.  We’ve already gained 31 minutes of daylight since the Winter Solstice back on Dec. 21st.  We’ll gain another hour of daylight by the middle of February.   Average temperatures lag the position of the sun by about one month.  So the coldest average temperatures come one month after the Winter Solstice and the warmest average temperatures occur about one month after the Summer Solstice.

Season snowfall:  Grand Rapids 53.2″ (10″ above average to this point in the winter), Muskegon 57.0″, Lansing 16.2″, Kalamazoo 42.7″, Milwaukee 15.9″.  You can see that much of the snow in West Michigan has come from lake-effect.  Snowcover:  3″ Grand Rapids, Lansing, E. Hastings, Saranac, Alpena,  4″ Big Rapids, East Gr. Rapids, Walker, Paw Paw,  5″ Wayland, Belmont,  6″ Reed City, Grandville, Allendale, Kalamazoo,  7″ Muskegon, Houghton Lake, Traverse City, Cadillac,  8″ Boyne Falls, Kalkaska,  9″ Fremont, Gaylord,  16″ Ironwood, 18″ S. Ste Marie, 19″ Newberry, 25″ Munising, Marquette Airport, 34″ Grand Marais.

Also:  6.9″ of rain in Tucuman, Argentina…Sunset in Gadsden, Alabama…Here’s the track of the tornado that hit in Washington St. on Sunday.  This tornado occurred at 5:18 pm EST – DURING THE NFL PLAYOFF GAME about 40 miles to the southwest!  Heavy snow in SpainHeavy snow in parts of Ireland and Scotland.  Here’s a picture of the bridge that collapsed on I-75 in Cincinnati.   T-Storms produce hail and some flooding in the United Arab Emirates.

 


Tuesday

January 20th, 2015 at 2:30 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

   The last of the flurries is tapering off now (12:45 pm).  We still have a few icy spots, mostly on side streets and rural roads.  The next little “clipper” is in E. S. Dakota moving east.  The NAM (car.) manages to squeeze out a dusting to 3″ (2.5″ for G.R.).  I’m looking thru data and starting on my aftn. forecast.    Winds will be light, so no drifting and temperatures will hang in the upper 20s to near 30 for much of the day.  The European model gives G.R. maybe an inch of snow today and maybe an inch tomorrow…a quarter inch on Saturday and about 4″ Weds. of next week.  The colder air is about a week away.

Also:  One dead, one injured in bridge collapse on I-75 in Cincinnati (I drove under that bridge about 5 weeks ago).  Seems like there’s always construction on I-75 in the Cincinnati area.  At the unusual time of 4.23pm tonight, Scotland saw it’s coldest temp since Dec 2010 with a low of -13.7C (+7.3F) recorded at Loch Glascarnoch.   Weiss Lake AL sunset.   Here’s some good news.   Video of truck out of control on icy pavement barely missing a car.   One in 27 millionCompare ice cover on Lake Michigan to last year.  High of 73 in Wichita KS yesterday, where it was warmer than Key West and Orlando.  High of 9° yesterday at S. Ste. Marie.  Jan. 19, 1977 – the only day EVER that they had snow in Miami, FloridaJan. 19, 1994 it got down to -22 in G.R.   New England Patriots’ Vince Wilfork helped pull a woman out of an overturned jeep following yesterday’s gameComet LovejoySnow in Madrid, Spain.

Showers are possible for both NFL games (G.B/Sea at 3:05 pm in Seattle on FOX and INDY/N.E. at 6:40 in Foxboro MA on CBS). Heavier rain a possibility in the 2nd half of the game in New England. The Super Bowl is on WOOD/NBC this year. Also: I-80 closed west of Laramie WY to high profile vehicles for gusts to 65 mph…Magnitude 5.9 earthquake 30 mi NE of Amchitka, AK, no tsunami…Magnitude 5.0 earthquake 26mi NNW of Valparaiso, Chile…74 mph gust at Naselle Ridge, WA…Astronaut Sam Cristoforetti got this picture of lightning in Cyclone BansiSunset in NYC last night… Gust to 80 mph at Berthoud Pass Co.

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast (totals increased on the Sat. overnight model run). Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indian radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map


Monday

January 19th, 2015 at 3:08 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

January temperature anomaly  Click on the image to enlarge.   This map (from Greg Carbin of SPC and NOAA) is temperature departure from average over the Continental U.S. for January so far.  Most of the country east of the Rockies has had a cold month.  Florida is an exception.  If you were looking for a warm-weather vacation, Florida sure is beating Texas this month.  The West Coast continues warmer than average.  The Continental U.S. temperature anomaly for Jan. 1-18 was -1.792 degrees C.  From the early morning AFD (discussion) by NWS/Gaylord:  “CURRENT PATTERN SIMPLY GOING NOWHERE FAST…AND LOOKS TO DOMINATE OUR WEATHER FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR MORE. PERIODIC VISITS OF LARGELY MOISTURE-VOID CLIPPER-TYPE SYSTEMS WILL CONTINUE…EACH ACCOMPANIED BY BOUTS OF VERY LIGHT SNOW AND BRIEF VISITS OF COLDER AIR (MARGINAL LAKE ENHANCEMENT?).  DEFINITELY A QUIET STRETCH OF WEATHER HERE IN THE HEART OF WINTER.  TREND WITH RECENT SYSTEMS IS FOR PROGS TO BE INITIALLY MUCH TOO STRONG AND MOIST…WITH THESE SYSTEMS VERIFYING MUCH WEAKER AND MOISTURE STARVED

The European model has maybe 1/2″ of snow Tues., possibly 1-2″ or 1-3″ on Weds., maybe 1-2″ Saturday and flurries in between…no big storms.  It does bring down a relatively brief cold shot that would give us a real Arctic Day in a week on Monday with below zero temps. in the AM and single digit temps. much of the day.  The GFS-plot has 10 for a low Thurs. and 9 next Sunday with a high of about 17 next Sunday.  This is on average the coldest week of winter.  The week after next looks cold, but coldest air looks like it heads to the Northeast.

Also:  Rainfall Sunday:  2.08″ New York City, 2.08″ Philadelphia, 2.86″ Astoria OR, 1.80″ Portland OR.  The historic Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Sunday viewed from the air.


Seattle and New England Win.

January 18th, 2015 at 4:04 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

muskegon glerl   chicago glerl   Seattle and New England win!  Crushing collapse by GRB.  Colts blown away.    Super Bowl is on WOOD-TV on Feb. 1.  Puddles have frozen overnight and we’ve had a dusting of snow, especially north of G.R., so watch out for icy spots on driveways, parking lots, sidewalks and lesser traveled roads. Partly to mostly cloudy now.   Satellite loop here (daytime).    These are pics. from the GLERL cameras in Muskegon and Chicago (from NOAA Coastwatch) around 3 pm.  At Muskegon you can see the brighter streak on the horizon.  You can also see a lot of ice in the channel.  On the Chicago cam, skies are partly cloudy and you can see what looks like a boat (?!) about 3/4″ to the right of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.  While it’s up, you can see the animation from the cam that whatever it is…is only there for one frame.  The clearing over Lake Michigan has closed in with clouds as of 5 pm.  No big storms in sight…we may get an inch of snow Tues. and and inch or two late Weds./Thurs., another inch     Five-day snowfall from the GFS is about an inch (2-3″ along US 10).  NAM snowfall for Tues. pretty similar.   European has an Arctic shot from Jan. 26 PM thru the 28th with daytime highs in the mid-upper teens.

Also:  Japanese model for February looks coolEuropean has cool shot for next weekend.   Cool weather causing a temporary shortage in salad greens in parts of the U.S.   Flooding in Spain-36 deg. in N. Finland, looks chilly!  Sunrise this Sun. morning in the Florida Keys (with a crescent moon).   HUGE multi-vehicle accident on I-76 in SE PA due to freezing rain.  INTERESTING NOTE:  The fatality in the I-76 accident was a 31-year old man who survived the accident, but got out of his car and then was hit by another car coming into the crash.  It’s sometimes better to stay in your vehicle rather than leave the vehicle in a situation like that.  There 5 fatalities in separate accidents Sunday am in the area that got freezing rain.


Sunday

January 18th, 2015 at 2:09 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

    I’ll leave radar here at the top of the blog.  It will update automatically.  Not much today…overnight sprinkles and very light showers (as of 1 am just 0.02″ in G.R. and 0.03″ at Muskegon and Holland) changing to flurries.  We may see the sun come out by late in the day if we’re lucky (best bet SW of G.R.).  Temps. will hang around 33.  I can’t rule out a slick spot, but most of the roads should be in good shape.   G.R. made 43 degrees on Sat., combined with the overnight low of 17, the day ends 6 deg. warmer than average.  I don’t see any big storms.  The overnight GFS plot has highs this week from the upper 20s to low-mid 30s, 0.04″ precip…so maybe an inch of snow Tues. PM/night.   Grand Rapids season snowfall now at 52.3″…not too far behind the 55.8″ we had at this point last winter. We are 11.2″ ahead of average to date.

Showers are possible for both NFL games (G.B/Sea at 3:05 pm in Seattle on FOX and INDY/N.E. at 6:40 in Foxboro MA on CBS).  Heavier rain a possibility in the 2nd half of the game in New England.  The Super Bowl is on WOOD/NBC this year.  Also:  I-80 closed west of Laramie WY to high profile vehicles for gusts to 65 mph…Magnitude 5.9 earthquake 30 mi NE of Amchitka, AK, no tsunami…Magnitude 5.0 earthquake 26mi NNW of Valparaiso, Chile…74 mph gust at Naselle Ridge, WA…Astronaut Sam Cristoforetti got this picture of lightning in Cyclone BansiSunset in NYC last night… Gust to 80 mph at Berthoud Pass Co.

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, NAM model 3-day snowfall forecast and GFS model 5-day snowfall forecast (totals increased on the Sat. overnight model run). Storm Total Snowfall will show the heaviest snow and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. More links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indian radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map.


Weekend

January 17th, 2015 at 4:56 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

difax    day1probotlk_1200_hailThe first map is high temps. from yesterday.  The second is the overnight GFS model for 2/1.  High temps. yesterday soared into the low-mid 60s up to the SW corner of Iowa.  The high temp. forecast today was a tricky one.  We start cool with many overnight readings in the teens with wind chills in the single figures.  The NAM Friday was only giving us 33 for today.  The models are generally too cool with this set up.  I tried to figure out exactly where our air for late this afternoon was coming from and with bare ground and sun, it would have bumped us above 50…but alas, this is Michigan.  We have snow on the ground, and it’ll be at least partly cloudy if not overcast (some thin).  My thickness forecast took us up into the mid 40s…I kept 40.  It’s best to err on the low side and it may not feel that warm with a pretty good wind blowing…but mid 40s is now out of the question.  We get a little rain changing to snow, but not much.  Roads should be wet as temps. stay in the low-mid 30s.  No big storms this week, but some shots of light snow should give us a couple inches this week…starting Tues.  The long-range models are trending cold for he end of the month into early February.  The GFS here has the thickness in G.R. down to 497 and falling.  That’s pretty chilly air.  I’m putting the groundhog on notice to just skip it this year…it’ll be too cold to come out of the burrow.  Here’s sunrise Sat. morning from a ship in Lake Michigan east of Chicago looking east toward Michigan.  You can see the moon in the upper right of the picture.  For Jan. 1-16, Grand Rapids is 8.3° colder than average, Muskegon is 6.5° colder than average and Lansing is -8.2° colder than average.  We were 6.3° colder than average for Jan. 2014.

1:30 pm Saturday…up to 38 in G.R., 41 in Kalamazoo. It’s mostly cloudy.  Here’s a satellite loop (daytime) and a surface weather map (temperature is in the upper left of each station plot).

NFL Playoff games Sunday in Seattle (3:05 pm – FOX) and at New England (Foxboro) (6:40 pm – CBS) both have a chance of rainshowers.  Temperatures will likely be about low 50s in Seattle and mid 40s in Foxboro.  It’s only 9 above at 8 am Sat. in Boston, the same temp. as Fairbanks AK.  Plane skids off runway in the Philippines5.3 magnitude e-quake in the PhilippinesTyphoon Mekkhala approaching the PhilippinesSunset Friday in Destin FLSunrise, Cheyenne WY.   Pushing through the ice on Lake Michigan near Escanaba.   Weather in space.


Another Arctic Express

January 16th, 2015 at 3:24 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

814temp.new     This is the 8-14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for Jan. 23-29.  Look at all that blue, with the darkest blue over the Great Lakes.   This is from the CPC 8-14 day discussion:

8-14 DAY OUTLOOK FOR JAN 23 - 29 2015  

DESPITE THE AFOREMENTIONED UNCERTAINTY DURING THE 6-10 DAY PERIOD, THE WEEK-2  
FORECAST IS ISSUED WITH FAIRLY HIGH CONFIDENCE. MODEL AGREEMENT REMAINS GOOD  
WITH RESPECT TO THE EVOLUTION OF THE RIDGE OVER FAR WESTERN NORTH AMERICA,  
WHICH IS FORECAST TO ALLOW MORE ARCTIC AIR TO INFLUENCE THE CONUS WITH TIME.  
THE 528 DM HEIGHT LINE LOCATED OVER THE GREAT LAKES IN THE MANUAL BLEND FINDS  
ITS ORIGIN OVER THE ARCTIC OCEAN, A SURE SIGN OF AN ANOMALOUSLY COLD PATTERN.  
IN FACT, THE FORECAST PATTERN BEARS MANY SIMILARITIES TO THE EXTREME COLD  
PERIODS THAT HAVE OCCASIONALLY IMPACTED PARTS OF THE CONUS OVER THE PAST TWO  
WINTERS.


Great Lakes Update

January 15th, 2015 at 8:14 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

modis lake michigan   modis lake ontariomodis lake huron Here’s 3 MODIS satellite pics. from this (Thu.) afternoon.  Click on the images to supersize.  The first shows the clouds over West Michigan  and the clear skies over most of Lake Michigan and Eastern Wisconsin.  You can see that Green Lake (southwest of frozen Lake Winnebago).  Shallow lakes freeze before deeper lakes and this is a great example of that.  Green Lake has an average depth of 100 feet and a maximum depth of 237 feet (about the same maximum depth as Lake Erie (241 ft.)).   Much bigger Lake Winnebago has a maximum depth of only 21 feet, so it is one of the first lakes in Eastern Wisconsin to freeze up.

In the middle we have Lake Ontario with much less ice on it than farther south Lake Erie.   Lake Erie is much shallower (average depth 62 feet) than Lake Ontario (average depth 283 feet, maximum depth 802 feet), so Lake Erie will freeze up before Lake Ontario.  You can see open water in the Finger Lakes south of Lake Ontario.  Those are deep lakes and are slow to freeze in the winter.  On the right we have Lake Huron.  You can see ice in Saginaw Bay and around the shore, with lake-effect clouds in the middle of the lake over the open water.

As of Thurs. evening, we have 34.2% ice cover on the Great Lakes.  Last year at this time it was 21.3%.   Here’s the current percent of ice cover on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.   Strong wind can break up ice and move it around the lake.

ALL FIVE of the Great Lakes now have above average water levels.  Lake Superior is down 3″ in the last month.  That’s not surprising since it’s been so cold.  The snow is not melting, many rivers are frozen.  Lake Superior is mostly open water, so we’re still evaporating water without as much runoff coming into the lake.  Superior is up 10″ year-to-year and is now 8″ above the January average.   Lake Michigan/Huron is down 1″ in the last month, but up a whopping 22″ in the last year.  Michigan/Huron is now also 8″ above the January average water level.  Lake Erie is up 2″ in the last month, up 7″ in the last yaer and 8″ above the century average for January.  Lake Ontario is up 5″ in the last month and is now 1″ above the long-term average.  Lake St. Clair is up 2″ in the last month, up 18″ year-to-year and 13″ above the century average.  There is a greater risk of coastal flooding during onshore high winds with these higher lake levels.  The flow on all the connecting rivers (St. Mary’s, St. Clair, Detroit and Niagara is expected to remain greater than average into February.

Also:  Check out these pics. of the St. Joseph Lighthouse.    Diabetes drug affecting fish in Lake MichiganBusiest year ever on Lake Michigan portAsian carp updateFreighters stuck in the ice in the St. Clair River.