By Doyle Rice, FREEP.com
I’m going to keep about this until the last cube of ice is melted (if that happens). Unimaginably, there’s still ice from the savage winter of 2013-14 on the south shore of Lake Superior near Marquette.
The Marquette Mining-Journal newspaper reports that according to some forecasts, the ice may last until July: “To many area residents who suffered through one of the worst winters on record for the area, seeing the ice chunks on the lake every day is a continuing reminder of that wintry grip of Mother Nature, which still has yet to completely loosen,” the paper noted on its website.
The National Weather Service in Marquette posted this photo on June 1:
Meantime, a research team funded partly by the University of Michigan finds that surface water temperatures over the deepest sections of the lake are expected to be at least 6 degrees colder than normal by August.
That will delay the point at which heavy evaporation begins, which will boost water levels faster than normal.
Climatologist John Lenters of Ann Arbor-based Limno Tech says the result could be a water-level gain of up to 10 inches by next spring, although much will depend on amounts of rain and snow between now and then.
Water levels also are expected to rise in the other Great Lakes, continuing the recovery from a prolonged low-water period.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.