Great Lakes 50% Ice Covered

Here’s a midday pic. of the Mackinac Bridge, where it is partly sunny and cool.

Note the ice cover up around the Mackinac Bridge…when the lake is ice-covered, you don’t get the lake-effect clouds or lake-effect snow.

Great Lakes ice cover has reached 50.3%, a huge climb from the 29.1% on Saturday.  We’ve had cold temps. and relatively light winds and that has allowed some thin surface ice to form.  Unless that ice thickens, it would be prone to breaking up if and when we had a windy day.  We’ll see.

Here’s the maximum ice extent for each winter since the 1970s.  The average maximum extent is 55% and we should top that this winter.  You can see the high ice extent we had in the winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 and the lower extent that we had the past two winters.

This is a pic. of the Grand River around midday.  As you can see, there’s a lot of ice in the river.  We’ll continue to monitor rivers as best we can.  Many of the gauges get frozen over in the winter and become useless for tracking river levels.  That’s why volunteer spotters are important.

Here’s a midday view of the skating rink at Rosa Park Circle, where we broadcast the news from our Media Arts Center every weekday at noon.  We’ll be doing the news here this Friday thru 6 pm Sunday as we begin our Olympic coverage.  Here’s some season snowfall totals as of this morning:  Muskegon 81.9″ (+13.9″ to date), Grand Rapids 55.7″ (+2.1″), Holland 64.7″ (does not include today’s snow), Kalamazoo 52.1″, Lansing 33.7″ (+0.5″).  The average high/low is now 32/19.  The record daily high/low for today (Tue.) is 54 (1938) and -9 (1895 and 1977).  Here’s some snowfall totals from last night and this AM.

Snowcover Tues. AM:  3″ Lansing, Marshall, S. Bend, 4″ Plainwell, Grand Ledge, Breckenridge, Mt. Pleasant, Lowell, Paw Paw, Alma, St. Johns, Hastings and Alpena, 5″ Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Wayland, Ada, Mecosta. Houghton Lake, Eaton Rapids and Lake City, 6″ Oshtemo, East G.R., W. Cloud, Big Rapids, Charlevoix, Gladwin, 7″ Saranac, Wyoming, Grand Haven, Hopkins, Cheboygan, Kalkaska, 8″ Grandville, Rockford, Hart, Scottville, 9″ Comstock Park, Fremont, Fife Lake, St. Ignace, Rogers City, Marquette, 10″ Muskegon Petoskey, Norway, Escanaba, 11″ Holland, Beulah, Traverse Ctiy, Manistique, 12″ Allendale, Gaylord, Arnold, 13″ Champion, Parent Bay, 14″ Cooks, 15″ Mancelona, Amasa, Ontonagon, Garden Corners, 16″ Harbor Springs, 17″ Gladstone, 18″ S. Ste. Marie, Paulding, Stonington, 19″ Benzonia (most in Lower Michigan), Jacobsville, 20″ ironwood, Michigamme, 21″ Harvey, 22″ Ishpeming, 23″ Watersmeet, 24″ Herman, 26″ Greenland, 29″ Calumet, 31″ Hancock, 37″ Atlantic Mine, 38″ Grand Marais, 40″ Painesdale.

Four stations in the U.P. are now over 200″ for the winter:  Painesdale 229.8″, Tamarack 226.6″, Calumet North 203.8″ and Mohawk 200.5″.

Also:  There was a false report of a tsunami on the East Coast this AM.

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