What a Difference Lake Superior Makes

Filed under: Eric Scott |
Lake Superior is still frozen in parts. Remember this picture taken this past winter? A reminder as to why we're still seeing ice shoves along the shoreline.

Lake Superior is still frozen in parts. Remember this picture taken this past winter? A reminder as to why we’re still seeing ice shoves along the shoreline.

5/21/2014 Marquette, Michigan — When I drove into work this morning from Ishpeming to Marquette I noticed quite a difference (well, not a HUGE difference) in temperature between Ishpeming and Marquette. When I left Ishpeming I noticed the outside temperature from my car was 65 degrees. As I drove into Negaunee and Negaunee Township the temperature dropped from 65 degrees to 62 degrees. By the time I got into Negaunee Township and Marquette Township the temperature dropped to 60 degrees. When I hit the City of Marquette the temperature was all the way down to 58 degrees.

When I drove by Lake Superior last weekend a majority of the lake was still covered with ice. I’m no genius but my guess would be the ice is causing Marquette to continue to stay on the cooler side.

Speaking of Lake Superior–my drive to Houghton and Hancock this past weekend proved that many parts of the Lake near the Lake Shore are in fact still frozen. When you drive between L’Anse and Baraga you’ll still see plenty of ice shoves in that area. Just think…. by the time June comes around we’ll still be looking at ice on Lake Superior. Odd.

-Eric Scott

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