Skip to comments.Ice on Superior - The Winter that won't end!
Posted on 04/25/2014 2:08:40 AM PDT by Libloather
Spring seems to be taking forever to arrive, but we are not really seeing the worst of the late spring.
The Great Lakes, and Lake Superior is holding on to their ice. As a result the freighters that normally travel the Great Lakes are having their fair share of problems. This has been a very long winter season, beginning with the Great Lakes freezing on December 6th, not allowing Northwest Indiana steel mills to stockpile materials. Glen Nekvasil, vice president for Lake Carriers' Association explained that lake freighters are struggling to make the voyage across Lake Superior despite the thick shelf ice and windrows of up to 14-feet-tall. Those delays caused Gary Works to run at reduced capacity. "This is the worst winter since 1993 or 1994," Nekvasil said. "The last time ice breakers were out this late in the season convoying vessles was 1996. It's been a very brutal winter."
Closer to home, Essar Steel is receiving freighter shipments of coal from the south, however iron ore from Duluth/Superior are being delayed. Essar Steel is receiving ore via rail.
(Excerpt) Read more at wawa-news.com ...
Ice coverage on April 20th, 2014.
Ice coverage on April 21st, 2014.
It is still snowing up here in the UP of Michigan. Next week snow predicted Mon and Tues. 5 inches on the ground from last nights dusting. Looks like summer will be here around July 4th. Do not laugh it has snowed in July in the UP of MI!
“The Great Lakes, and Lake Superior is holding on to their ice.”
What a sentence!!
I still can’t believe you scan the Wawa News.
It was one of the latest stories I found on Google. BTW, I blame Canada for this whole mess.
Joe Bastardi has been all over this...
Lake Michigan’s freeze this year was, as one might expect, very impressive. The last time I’d been out (before yesterday) was in February, and on that day there were more people at the beach in Grand Haven than there are most summer days. People had tables and chairs out on the frozen Lake, out past the end of the pier (!), and were having lunch, or brunch, drinking wine (hey, it’s okay, isn’t that international waters? ;’), etc. Drove along there yesterday, the river was no longer the great white way, and the lake is entirely ice-free. The earthmovers are out there clearing the driftwood and such (generally the winter brings in or uncovers the large remains of dead trees for example) and recycling the sand, to get the state park in shape. Something about that made me realize that, finally, winter is over.
Oh great. We’re going to a cottage in Michigan for 4 days, starting May 8th. I guess I should be packing my boots.
“This has been a very long winter season, beginning with the Great Lakes freezing on December 6th, not allowing Northwest Indiana steel mills to stockpile materials.”
How’s that “Just-In-Time” crap from the Japanese feel now?
“Gaia” seems to be getting very chilly about her global warming.
It works great until God throws in a monkey wrench.
The opening of walleye season is a Minnesota High Holy Day which starts around the middle of May. Anyone who’s been around for a bunch of them knows there will be years when there will still be ice floating around on the lakes.
Of course, out in the northwoods, it can be 39 degrees the morning of the Fourth of July.
This, of course, is the result of global WARMIN! /sarc
oh wait, Climate CHANGE! /sarc (nope, still frozen, no change here)
SOLAR MAUNDER MINIMUM!
“Were at the sunspot maximum of Cycle 24. Its the smallest sunspot cycle in 100 years and the third in a trend of diminishing sunspot cycles. So, Cycle 25 could likely be smaller than Cycle 24.
“during the 1645 1715 Maunder Minimum itself, sunspots basically disappeared and as documented in paintings from the era, Northern Europe suffered unusually cold winter temperatures.”
“If were entering a Maunder Minimum, it could persist until the 2080s, said Giampapa, who points out that if such a minimums primary effect is cooling, it could wreak havoc by curtailing agricultural growing seasons which, for instance, could lead to lower wheat production in breadbasket economies”
I drove by Lake Michigan at Petoskey yesterday and took photos of the still frozen lake.
“It works great until God throws in a monkey wrench.”
...or the unions.
Wawa is a great little Ontario town. Last time I landed there, it had enough saloons and whisky to keep me happy. The part I didn’t like was constantly stopping the car to roll boulders off the road. It’s a real northern thing in that part of the world, hey?
I remember flying over the Mississippi during the early 90’s when there was severe flooding. The river was swollen out of its banks and flooding was extensive.
Is this going to another severe flood year?
There were some flooding issues in Southeastern Ontario last week due to the higher than normal snowfall this winter.
Wife and I plus another couple sailed out of Two Harbors on the morning of July 4 some years ago. It was 70 degrees at the ore dock. Barely 40 out on the Big Lake.
I remember plenty of summer mornings in the forest between Bemidji and Park Rapids. We’d drive into Park Rapids for the sunshine and extra 25 degrees.
Duluth and the North Shore were my old stomping grounds.
The water in the lake was probably barely above freezing. I think its median annual temperature is around 38 degrees. And it seldom gets above 40.
I don’t know how much of this global warming we can take.
Yeah, sort of like Saskatoon on the May 24 weekend. Bring a parka.
Some years back, the wife and I stayed at a hotel in Superior, Wisconsin in late May. When we left that morning to head back home in a southerly direction, it was below freezing. Later that day when we got back to our home about 250 miles south it was almost 80 degrees. Every time we travel in that area in May, we freeze. Lake Superior is like one gigantic refrigerator.
I remember the summer of ‘63 when on a trip to Michigan and back, our family stopped by the shores of the lake. My older brother and I waded out quite a distance. It was August, and the water close to the shore was not too bad. We must have caught it at the peak high water temperature.
Where’s algore (mr globull warming) now that we need him?
I'll never forget the first time I saw Marquette.
I drove into town in the midst of a sleet storm...on the afternoon of July 4, 1961.
I had a boss who used to sail up around the Apostles during the summer. He said that every year someone unfamiliar with the lake would anchor out in the deeps and jump in for a quick swim ... then just as quicly jump right back out!
He said it also wasn’t unusual for them to suffer heart attacks from the shock and drown. Said he watched it happen once and even aided in the search for the body.
The Big Lake doesn’t forgive.
Close to shore, the water can be tolerable. We’ve taken the kids swimming at Sandy Point. But they don’t go out very far and they don’t stay in long.
Ice on Lake Superior: now’s the chance for the Wisconsin List to chime in on global warming/cooling.
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
Things in the Antarctic are getting very interesting
In 2007, after 7 years trending downward, the IPCC in their report predicted the sea ice around Antarctica will continue to decline and the decline may soon accelerate
After the 2007 report right on queue, in 2008 the sea ice did the opposite and after it's minimum in February went on explosive growth reaching record highs for the time of year.
This year, the sea ice growth has been similar and has been matching 2008 as the record highest sea ice amount for the time of year.
However, in mid-April 2008, the sea ice growth mysteriously paused for a few weeks and fell back to near normal levels.
What's interesting to watch now, is so far 2014 hasn't experienced a pause like 2008 and is at record highs ( at a whopping 29% above normal) and still rapidly growing. If the sea ice continues to rapidly grow, when the sea ice reaches it's maximum in August/September it's not only going to break the record, it's going to shatter it big time.
Here are the charts from the Cryosphere Today
Hillary and the Wardrobe.
EVERY democrat tells me :”The ice is melting” LOL
I tell the democrat “ You brainwashed democrat moron: the ice is NOT melting and global warming is a hoax.”
The democrat also says that the cold winter that never ends is caused by “global warming”. LOL . yes they are that brainwashed by their masters in the news media LOL LOL
We should throw all democrats that believe in global warming into the waters up there now. they all do believe in global warming.
global warming is a hoax democrats created to grow government, to grow socialism and enslave us
I had the same experience swimming in the upper Columbia River one summer. We walked barefoot down the beach burning our feet on the black sands and jumped into the river only to meet with 40 degree water. We stood on the shoreline jumping back and forth from water to beach trying to decide to try and run back up the beach or suffer the water. We took the beach run back for our shoes.
Gee, didn’t Al Gore tell us that by now there would be palm trees growing in northern Minnesota and snow would be seen only in photos?
You deniers! sheesh....(lol)
They said it would be 63 (17c) today, it's 42 (6c).
I noticed that, too - this reporter obviously never got any ‘red marks’ on her writing assignments back in school.
Brrrrr. Where are you? We are going to be in Lake City, Michigan.
Don't plan on swimming in the lake. :)
the Iron Ore is what is used in making the steel, the ore comes from northern Mn mines and is shipped in rail car’s to Duluth then loaded in to ships to the lower lakes and to the mills in winter the ore is stocked piled at the mills for used in winter and stocked piled in duluth for spring shipping season