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It's Memorial Day weekend and there's still ice on Lake Superior, see photos
Mlive.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Fritz Klug

Posted on 05/26/2014 5:17:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek

MARQUETTE, MI -- Remember how bad the winter was? The polar vortex, inches upon inches of snow.

While the season has passed for most of us and Memorial Day weekend is underway, there are reminders in Michigan's Upper Peninsula of the historically cold and snowy winter.

There's still ice on Lake Superior.

As MLive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez and I traveled the state looking for Michigan’s Best Taco, we noticed there is still ice cover on Lake Superior.

We were just sweating earlier this week in Kalamazoo, not because of the hot sauce but the temperatures. We were surprised there is still ice on the lakes with the temperatures in the mid 50s. As we drove east along highway US-41 and M-28, there as large floating chunks of ice, and light cover sometimes as far as we could see.

Is this common and how much longer will it last?

We called MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa while driving from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie. As of May 15, 2014 Lake Superior is reportedly 14.48 percent covered in ice, more than any time in the past 40 years. Earlier this week, the lake still had 1.3 percent ice cover.

Related: Great Lakes waters dangerously cold: See how this year's temps compare

Torregrossa said ice on the Great Lakes stops getting measured at the end of May. In 1996, there was 0.1 percent ice cover on the Great Lakes.

"We could still have that small percentage of ice June 1," Torregrossa said, "or could be gone this week."

With temperatures continuing to rise, he thinks the ice may be gone this week.

We snapped photos of the last of the ice from this historic winter in Michigan and the Great Lakes. Take a look and say a fond goodbye to the last remainders of this historically cruel winter.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Local News
KEYWORDS: consensus; globalwarming; michigan
LOL plenty of pics and not a polar bear in sight. The Lake Superior polar bear population is probably extinct or suffering horribly.
1 posted on 05/26/2014 5:17:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Hope everyone had a great Memorial day at the beach.

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2 posted on 05/26/2014 5:20:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

But. It is indeed melting proving that algore is right. I mean if they just launched a rocket from the Swiss Ocean, he’s gotta be right. LOL! :>}


3 posted on 05/26/2014 5:21:44 PM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: cripplecreek

Holy Moly!


4 posted on 05/26/2014 5:22:31 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: cripplecreek

Somehow, I’m certain that this is racist.


5 posted on 05/26/2014 5:22:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic.)
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To: cripplecreek

Do they really need to man the lifeguard station with all that ice out there? :=)


6 posted on 05/26/2014 5:24:37 PM PDT by Bob
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To: cripplecreek

Gee, I thought Al Gore, Prince Charles and John Kerry have told us that by now there would be palm trees growing along Lake Superior and Duluth would be the new Miami. Poor Al Gore’s seaside mansion in California must be have the waves lapping at the patio from melting ice caps.


7 posted on 05/26/2014 5:25:43 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: cripplecreek

Astonishing. it MUST be Global Climate Disruption Warming Cooling


8 posted on 05/26/2014 5:25:49 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek

2 weeks ago I drove to Reno NV over I-80 (Donner Pass) and was surprised to see nearly no snow at all in the highest of the Sierra’s. We have no snow-pack. This is rare. This is scary.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 5:28:54 PM PDT by umgud
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To: cripplecreek
As MLive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez and I traveled the state looking for Michigan’s Best Taco...

One would think that finding a taco in Michigan would be about as hard as finding a frozen custard cone in California.

10 posted on 05/26/2014 5:29:14 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: cripplecreek

I flew over part of the Great Lakes last weekend going from Chicago to Philly. I was amazed at the vastness.


11 posted on 05/26/2014 5:29:34 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I am kind of curious as to what possessed these guys to go to the upper peninsula in search of Michigan’s best taco.


12 posted on 05/26/2014 5:29:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

And here I am worried about the electric bill. Sitting next to AC cranking nonstop.....


13 posted on 05/26/2014 5:31:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: cripplecreek

desperation apparently.....

the copper miners love tacos/....


14 posted on 05/26/2014 5:33:53 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek

So... What about the taco?


15 posted on 05/26/2014 5:35:06 PM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: outofsalt

I don’t know about any upper peninsula tacos but I did get a pretty good tex mex omelet in Cadillac once.


16 posted on 05/26/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek; Las Vegas Dave; Pontiac; traditional1; Whenifhow
Was at Musining for three days, and had to go in at least once. Rode the Spyder up to Copper Harbor, it was 84 degrees inland, and when we got back to M28 by Chocolay and down to Christmas it was around 56 degrees.

Great weekend. In God We Trust.......Semper Fi

17 posted on 05/26/2014 5:41:15 PM PDT by North Coast Conservative (God created man, Sam Colt made them equal)
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To: cripplecreek

Guess I wont be going for a swim in it this summer.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 5:42:46 PM PDT by crz
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To: umgud

Checkout the snow still on the slopes at Big Sky. Bigskyresort.com/the-mountain/webcams/moonlight-lodge-cam


19 posted on 05/26/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: umgud

We went camping two weeks ago near Placerville and the Sierra’s I could see were white with snow.


20 posted on 05/26/2014 5:43:27 PM PDT by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: cripplecreek

Wow...a life guard in ice water....must be 60 degrees out there...global warming


21 posted on 05/26/2014 5:43:31 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: North Coast Conservative

Wasnt snowing at the pumping station?


22 posted on 05/26/2014 5:44:03 PM PDT by crz
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To: cripplecreek

Just wow.


23 posted on 05/26/2014 5:54:29 PM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: TauntedTiger; Paladin2

CA snowpack is reported to be 18% of normal. On my trip May 16, there was pretty scrappy/patchy snow up high, and some artificial at one of the ski runs. Overall it was nothing less than skimpy.


24 posted on 05/26/2014 5:55:55 PM PDT by umgud
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To: umgud

While I respect your first-hand observation, your comment rubs the wrong way if the chart is indicative of facts

http://www.thestormking.com/Weather/Sierra_Snowfall/sierra_snowfall.html

Low snowfall seems a fairly regular occurrence.


25 posted on 05/26/2014 5:59:59 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: umgud
CA sits next the Pacific Ocean. If the Libs here are serious about the Drought, they could take all that Bullet Train to nowhere money and build Desalinization Plants.

We would literally be swimming in er, water...

I think they aren't doing it because someone told them it would involve Fracking.

26 posted on 05/26/2014 6:00:07 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: Bob

They better be wearing a full wetsuit.


27 posted on 05/26/2014 6:04:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: cripplecreek

And when it all melts, the great lakes are gonna flood the country! Run for your lives!!!!!


28 posted on 05/26/2014 6:04:41 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: cripplecreek

There’s still ice on Lake Charlevoix, here, in Northern Michigan.


29 posted on 05/26/2014 6:05:16 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: umgud

I heard it’s a drought out there at the moment.


30 posted on 05/26/2014 6:06:46 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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31 posted on 05/26/2014 6:07:02 PM PDT by matt04
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To: BenLurkin

to heck with the wetsuit, I’d be going for a drysuit.


32 posted on 05/26/2014 6:07:32 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: gigster
There’s still ice on Lake Charlevoix, here, in Northern Michigan.

We live across from there on the Leelanau Peninsula. No ice left on the big lake, none on Lake Leelanau.

Superior I understand. Lake Charlevoix? I don't see how that's possible.

33 posted on 05/26/2014 7:29:20 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Each is a vest pocket ocean. In the past, I’ve single handed my own sail boat across from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI a diastase of about 78 statute miles. Each passage took at least 12 hours and I was completely out of sight of land for about 6 of those 12 hours. Great lakes passages are some of the few out of sight of land passages you can make in under 24 hours. It’s a col experience. BTW the water, even in Lake Michigan, is damn cold all year long.


34 posted on 05/26/2014 7:31:48 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: cripplecreek

WOW! On the backside road off Brockway Mtn. Drive along Lake Superior past Eagle Harbor and before Eagle River me and my cousin Steve decided to shed the clothes and go for a quick skinny-dip in Lake Superior. That was on a hot day in August about 15 years ago. Superior was very cold. If I recall correctly, it is one of the coldest, deepest freshwater lakes in the world.

R.I.P. Steve


35 posted on 05/26/2014 7:41:12 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: cripplecreek
Growing up in Buffalo, we experienced some 'man made' climate change. The ice boom is a series of steel cables spanned across the Niagara River and anchored to the river bottom. The ice boom extends from the breakwall at Buffalo Harbor to the Canadian shore. It’s installed in order to reduce ice blockages in the river that can cause flooding and damage to the docks, and reduces the chance of jams for the hydro-electric projects near Niagara Falls.

When the boom is up and holding ice, it did seem to act as an 'air conditioner' when the wind blew the right way.

36 posted on 05/26/2014 7:41:37 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: PGalt

I swam in Superior once in September which is really about as warm as it gets.


37 posted on 05/26/2014 7:44:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

The winter of 2014 will no doubt go down as one of the coldest and snowiest on record, as even here in Traverse City it looks like the Keweenaw outside. Winter is no stranger to the Copper Country, however, and it has been an integral part of the region’s character since its inception (and centuries before as well). Yet even through the bitterest cold and heaviest snows, the copper empire had to endure and so too did its hearty and rugged residents. While clearing our driveways every morning from another foot of snow, shoveling our roofs, and navigating icy and drifted roads may be a nuisance, it pales in comparison to what people of the region had to endure at the turn of the century. For a little perspective on yet another day of record setting cold I thought we’d take a look at a typical Copper Country winter as it looked a century ago. Enjoy!

http://www.coppercountryexplorer.com/2014/02/scrapbook-fridays-bitter-cold-edition/


38 posted on 05/26/2014 7:45:54 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: libstripper

It’s pretty incredible.


39 posted on 05/26/2014 7:50:57 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: cripplecreek

My mom (RIP) who was born and raised in traprock valley (outside of Calumet) on the Keweenaw peninsula said they had to cancel the 4th of July parade in Calumet one year because a snowstorm coming off Lake Superior dumped many inches of snow.


40 posted on 05/26/2014 7:55:02 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: cripplecreek

Global warming!


41 posted on 05/26/2014 8:07:36 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: cripplecreek; All
Climate Change Cult photo ObamaClimateChangeCult_zps53b367c6.jpg
42 posted on 05/26/2014 9:18:33 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: cripplecreek
"I am kind of curious as to what possessed these guys to go to the upper peninsula in search of Michigan’s best taco."

I can't imagine it would be a legitimate Yooper taco without shredded rutabaga in it.
43 posted on 05/26/2014 9:20:25 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: TBP
"Global warming"

Dude, that was 22 years ago! Please refer to it as manmade climate disruption until further notice.
44 posted on 05/26/2014 9:22:51 PM PDT by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: cripplecreek

There can’t be! I was just at the NOAA site and they just posted an article about global warming and “averages.”

Wish I was up north. I dread the summer.


45 posted on 05/26/2014 9:29:25 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: cripplecreek

>>I am kind of curious as to what possessed these guys to go to the upper peninsula in search of Michigan’s best taco.<<

That’s like going to Tijuana for pasties.


46 posted on 05/26/2014 9:46:19 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: Bob
"Do they really need to man the lifeguard station with all that ice out there?"

He's union...

47 posted on 05/27/2014 4:48:54 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Bob
Do they really need to man the lifeguard station with all that ice out there? :=)

That's to save Al Gore's drowning Polar Bears.

48 posted on 05/27/2014 8:46:01 AM PDT by Ditto
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To: cripplecreek

Without global warming, the great lakes would not exist!

;-)


49 posted on 05/27/2014 10:29:55 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: cripplecreek

Wow, you can have your own ice bag!


50 posted on 05/29/2014 2:55:56 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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