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.
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.
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.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.