Skip to comments.It's Memorial Day weekend and there's still ice on Lake Superior, see photos
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 Michigans 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.
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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.
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! :>}
Somehow, I’m certain that this is racist.
Do they really need to man the lifeguard station with all that ice out there? :=)
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.
Astonishing. it MUST be Global Climate Disruption Warming Cooling
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.
One would think that finding a taco in Michigan would be about as hard as finding a frozen custard cone in California.
I flew over part of the Great Lakes last weekend going from Chicago to Philly. I was amazed at the vastness.
I am kind of curious as to what possessed these guys to go to the upper peninsula in search of Michigan’s best taco.
And here I am worried about the electric bill. Sitting next to AC cranking nonstop.....
the copper miners love tacos/....
So... What about the taco?
I don’t know about any upper peninsula tacos but I did get a pretty good tex mex omelet in Cadillac once.
Great weekend. In God We Trust.......Semper Fi
Guess I wont be going for a swim in it this summer.
Checkout the snow still on the slopes at Big Sky. Bigskyresort.com/the-mountain/webcams/moonlight-lodge-cam
We went camping two weeks ago near Placerville and the Sierra’s I could see were white with snow.
Wow...a life guard in ice water....must be 60 degrees out there...global warming
Wasnt snowing at the pumping station?
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.
While I respect your first-hand observation, your comment rubs the wrong way if the chart is indicative of facts
Low snowfall seems a fairly regular occurrence.
We would literally be swimming in er, water...
I think they aren't doing it because someone told them it would involve Fracking.
They better be wearing a full wetsuit.
And when it all melts, the great lakes are gonna flood the country! Run for your lives!!!!!
There’s still ice on Lake Charlevoix, here, in Northern Michigan.
I heard it’s a drought out there at the moment.
to heck with the wetsuit, I’d be going for a drysuit.
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.
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.
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.
When the boom is up and holding ice, it did seem to act as an 'air conditioner' when the wind blew the right way.
I swam in Superior once in September which is really about as warm as it gets.
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 regions 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 wed take a look at a typical Copper Country winter as it looked a century ago. Enjoy!
It’s pretty incredible.
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.
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.
>>I am kind of curious as to what possessed these guys to go to the upper peninsula in search of Michigans best taco.<<
That’s like going to Tijuana for pasties.
That's to save Al Gore's drowning Polar Bears.
Without global warming, the great lakes would not exist!
Wow, you can have your own ice bag!