Skip to comments.Snow, ice cover will boost Great Lakes levels
Posted on 03/06/2014 9:04:38 AM PST by MNDude
Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record amounts in some cities, federal experts said Wednesday.
The siege of polar air that has gripped the region this winter has caused the most extensive freeze-over of the lakes since the record-setting year of 1979, when nearly 95 percent of their surface area solidified. On Tuesday, the ice cover reached its highest point since then - 91 percent, said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist with the federal Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.
Great Lakes levels dropped sharply in the late 1990s and have remained mostly below normal since. Scientists blame a warming climate, which promotes evaporation and limits ice cover, and occasional dry spells.
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Too much water? Ain’t that why God made Niagra Falls?
Yeah, you can make fun of global warming if you want, but the fact is that it’s getting warmer. A month from now it will probably be 10 degrees warmer in the Great Lakes region than it is now.
It froze too>
Slowly I turn, step my step...
ice cover, and occasional dry spells.
I always wondered where “dry” ice came from...
I’m in the Lake Erie Watershed here but we’ve got some 87 inches of snow so far this winter.
The Lakes have been low for years...and the Army Corps of Engineers can control the Lake Level a little bit. Any rise will be temporary according to the article. I think we call it the spring thaw...and it happens every year...
I have been visiting the shores of Lake Erie and Ontario since I was a kid. A friend’s house is on Erie, and he’s got a retaining wall on his lake-front property. Some years the water is right up against it, and some years it is greatly receded. It seems to rise or fall in about 10 year cycles.
The past few years water has been very low. I expect we will start to see it higher now. Nothing out of the ordinary as far as I am concerned.
Even here, it is warmer today than yesterday. And much warmer than it was last weekend. You are right.
Well, as a resident of the Great Lake State, I certainly hope so! Matter of fact, spring being what it is, if it ever shows up, of course our temps will be up by AT LEAST 10 degrees. Happens every year.
And I bet that mighty mean Lake Superior is the holdout, that lake just likes to make trouble!
No matter how foolish and irrational liberals tend to be, at least some of them must have realized by now that man’s use of hydrocarbons can’t be making the earth warmer if we’re experiencing the coldest year in more than a century.
No wonder Obama and the Democrats’ poll numbers are falling. Every day that another American is caught for hours in a blizzard or falls on the ice and then comes home to watch Obama and other Democrats claiming on the news that climate change is the greatest threat to mankind, their consciousness must be raised to the climate-skeptic level, with accompanying disgust for fools like Obama and the Democrats.
Once neo-Conservatives were defined as liberals who were mugged into reality. Now it must also be true that many liberals are being heavily precipitated into reality by this year’s seemingly endless snow storms.
That mean old Lake Superior will have a late ice-out this year. Maybe we should have a contest as to when Duluth will officially open up its port this spring, May? I doubt it. Probably in June sometime. It may be the latest iceout in a century.
And the rise and flooding will be blamed on global warming. See how that works.