Soo Locks rebuild project gets full funding through infrastructure law
MARIE, MI — A long-delayed effort to reconfigure and expand the Soo Locks complex to accommodate the largest Great Lakes ships is receiving enough funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law to complete the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $479 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will be used over several years to build a new shipping lock that will enable the “1,000-footer” sized ships to move between Lake Superior and Lake Huron via the St. Marys River.mlive.com
Blustery day forecasted around the Saginaw Bay
BAY CITY, MI - While the western portion of the state is slated to get dumped on with a burst of heavy snow, the area around the Saginaw Bay won’t be missing out entirely on the winter weather. Heavy winds paired with some light lake effect snow are forecasted around the bay. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory on Wednesday, Jan. 5 across most of the Saginaw Bay area for Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Tuscola and Huron counties. The NWS also issued a gale warning for both the inner and outer portions of the Saginaw Bay until 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6. The greatest winds are expected around 4 p.m. with the largest weaves forecasted to happen around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.mlive.com
Islanders throw wrench into company’s Line 5 camera surveillance plans
The entirety of Mackinac Island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Bois Blanc Island in the foreground. Then Round Island, then Mackinac Island on October 26, 2021. Photo provided by Cyndie MillerResidents of Bois Blanc Island – colloquially called “Boblo” – pride themselves on placing a priority on nature. The same kind of monitoring could be accomplished through satellite surveillance technology that already exists.”On Mackinac Island, officials also didn’t think the Enbridge gear would fit in.mlive.com
New project aims to track sturgeon and walleye in Saginaw Bay with acoustic receiver system
A sophisticated system of receivers across the Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron will use acoustic telemetry help researchers track sturgeon in 2022. The system will also allow for walleye to be tracked. The plan calls for the deployment of 45 different receivers, as pictured, in the Bay and its contributing river system. Photo provided by the the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network and The Conservation Fund.mlive.com
1889-built Mackinac Island estate, perched atop West Bluff, on market for $2.69M
MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - There are not many homes in Michigan that boast having views of the Mackinac Bridge. This historic island home is within visual distance of Lake Huron and walking distance of all the fresh fudge your taste buds can savor. Built in 1889, this Victorian home is located at 7899 Algonquin St. on Mackinac Island’s West Bluff. The eight-bedroom, 5,227 square-foot estate is on the market for $2.69 million.mlive.com
Coldest air of the season, lake-effect snow set to blast Northeast
In the wake of a potent cold front that will track through the Northeast early Thanksgiving week, the coldest air of the season will bring temperatures plummeting to levels more typical of mid-December to the Great Lakes region and Northeast. The wintry chill will also fuel the lake-effect snow machine, sending snow squalls barreling across the region. As a storm brings rain to the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast through Sunday night, the cold front associated with the storm will sweep througnews.yahoo.com
Record warm water temperatures now on most Great Lakes
Warm weather in September and October has kept the Great Lakes’ water temperatures much warmer than normal for mid-November. Lake Superior surface water temperatures on November 9, 2021Lake Michigan still has water temperatures in the mid-50s. Lake Michigan surface water temperatures on November 9, 2021Lake Huron has water temperatures in the low 50s. Lake Huron surface water temperatures on November 8, 2021Lake Erie was still almost near 60 degrees last week. Lake Ontario surface water temperatures on November 8, 2021Here’s a good way to see if the water temperatures I’m showing are out of the ordinary.mlive.com
The Great Lakes are warmer than they’ve ever been in early November: Why that’s a problem in several ways
Some parts of the Northern Great Lakes region were greeted by their first significant snowfall of the season earlier this week, but not even the arrival of the fluffy white stuff could mask these historic times for the Great Lakes themselves.
Catch fall colors along Lake Huron as winter approaches
(Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.comA view of the fall colors at the Port Austin Township Cemetery in Port Austin on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.comA view of some fall colors on Hellems Road near Lake Huron in Port Austin on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.comA view of some fall colors at Eagle Bay Public Access area on Lake Huron on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.comA view of the fall colors at the Port Austin Township Cemetery in Port Austin on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com)Kaytie Boomer | MLive.comRead more on MLive:See photos of brilliantly colorful leaves, changing late across West MichiganLake-effect snow: Just cold air over warm water, right?mlive.com
Fall storm causing a blustery start to the week around the Saginaw Bay
BAY CITY, MI - A storm system is causing it to be cold and windy in the Saginaw Bay. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued multiple weather warnings on Monday, Oct. 25 as a “nor’easter” style storm hits the counties along the Saginaw Bay. The NWS issued a gale warning for both the inner and outer portion of the Saginaw Bay until 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The warning advisory was also issued for areas on Lake Huron away from the Saginaw Bay, including Sanilac and St. Clair counties. The northeast winds prompted the NWS to issue a lakeshore flood advisory for Bay, Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac and St. Clair counties as well.mlive.com
Coast Guard medevacs man off 680-foot freighter in Lake Huron
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A U.S. Coast Guard flight crew from Air Station Traverse City medevac’d an ailing man from a freighter on Lake Huron today, Oct. 14, officials said. The man was a crew member on the 680-foot, Canadian-flagged laker Michipicoten, which was in northern Lake Huron, according to a news release. The flight crew basket-hoisted the man into a Coast Guard helicopter and took him to a hospital in Sault Ste. A U.S. Coast Guard flight crew from Air Station Traverse City medevac'd an ailing man from a freighter on Lake Huron on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Coast GuardA U.S. Coast Guard flight crew from Air Station Traverse City medevac'd an ailing man from a freighter on Lake Huron on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.mlive.com
See inside ‘breathtaking’ home for sale on Lake Huron
CASEVILLE, MI - A luxurious home located on Lake Huron is listed for sale at $3,500,000. The house, located at 4150 Port Austin Road in Lake Township near Caseville, was built in 2007. It features 8,086 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, an indoor pool, solid stone exterior, on a 1.7 acre lot with over 400 feet of lake frontage. Related: *Heather’s published story*According to a listing on sothebysrealty.com, it calls the home “breathtaking”, an “oasis” and more. Check out the real estate listing here.mlive.com
Luxury Lake Huron home listed at $3.5 million in Michigan’s Thumb
CASEVILLE, MI — A “breathtaking” 8,000-square-foot luxury home with 400 feet of frontage on Lake Huron in Michigan’s Thumb could be yours for $3.5 million. The house, located at 4150 Port Austin Road in Lake Township near Caseville, is MLive’s House of the Week. (Photo provided by West & Main Photography)Photo provided by West & Main PhotographyA view inside of a home for sale located at 4150 Port Austin Road in Caseville. (Photo provided by West & Main Photography)Photo provided by West & Main PhotographyA view inside of a home for sale located at 4150 Port Austin Road in Caseville. (Photo provided by West & Main Photography)Photo provided by West & Main PhotographySee all 80 photos of the home here.mlive.com
88K without power in Michigan after storms bring rain, wind and cold
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Over 88,000 customers are without power, particularly along the east side of Michigan, after rain and high winds. Bloomfield Hills in Oakland County reported 5.55 inches of rain over the last two days. Romulus in Wayne County reported 4.26 inches of rain. Rain is expected to continue on the east side through Saturday morning before pleasant weather returns in the afternoon. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids said early Thursday: “Expect a cool, blustery fall morning with rain showers as you head out for the day.mlive.com
Lake Michigan and Lake Huron lost almost 14 trillion gallons in past year; Why?
The water level decline of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron has been the most amazing. Now in the past year, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are declining rapidly. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron water levels (in red) looking back to September 2019. One inch of water on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron represents 800 billion gallons of water. The drainage basin of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron is most of Lower Michigan, and parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ontario.mlive.com
Michigan’s Boat and Beach Report: Hope you didn’t winterize boat already
Skin temperature forecast for 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021If you go to Lower Michigan beaches Saturday, you are going to feel like it’s 75 degrees. If you go to Lower Michigan beaches Sunday, you will feel like it is 78 degrees to maybe mid-80s at far southwest Lower beaches, like South Haven and St. Joseph. Skin temperature forecast at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021Water temperatures are still amazingly warm for southwest Michigan’s shoreline. Wave forecast for 2 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021Yes it is another great weekend to stroll in the sand along a Great Lakes’ beach. I also hope you didn’t pull the boat out yet, and you get to use it this weekend.mlive.com
Great Lakes are amazingly warm right now
The Great Lakes are amazingly warm for this time of year. Great Lakes temperature data goes back to 1995, and most lakes are the warmest they’ve been for the last day of August. The second warmest reading for August 31 was 73.706 degrees F in 1998. Superior right now averages 64.256 degrees F, and in third place behind 1998 and 2016.. The Great Lakes have never been this warm this late in the summer, at least back to the beginning of good data in 1995.mlive.com
Drones capturing fishery data take sail in Lake Michigan
HOLLAND, MI -- Beachgoers and boaters might notice orange drones sailing the waters of lakes Michigan and Huron over the next month. The drones will capture fishery data on the lakes through about mid-September to help inform sustainable management of the Great Lakes’ annual $7 billion fishing industry, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Their 45-day journey will take them north along the western coast of Michigan in Lake Michigan, under the Mackinac Bridge and then south along the state’s eastern coast in Lake Huron. USGS officials will use the data to help understand the effects of large ship engine noise on fish sampling and catchability. Read more:Clumps of storms expected this week across Michigan; Here are some quick detailsAvoid toxic algae bloom on Southwest Michigan lake, health officials warnFacebook rolls out ‘I prayed’ post optionmlive.com
8-year-old Saginaw girl drowns in Lake Huron, 7-year-old sister rescued
TAWAS, MI -- An 8-year-old Saginaw girl drown in Lake Huron while swimming at Tawas Point State Park in Iosco County over the weekend, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Two girls swimming in a group started yelling for help around 5 p.m. Saturday, witnesses told police. Her body was taken by ambulance to Tawas St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Tawas City and she was pronounced deceased at 6:55 p.m. Saturday. The park’s day-use area features a swimming beach, picnic area and nature trail along the Lake Huron coastline. The DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division, Michigan State Police, East Tawas Police Department, Tawas City Police Department, East Tawas Fire Department, Iosco County Water Rescue, and Iosco County EMS responded to the scene.mlive.com
At least one tornado confirmed as Southeast Michigan recovers from storms
DETROIT, MI — Severe weather hit Metro Detroit hard Saturday evening, including at least one confirmed tornado. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in White Lake Saturday, according to a preliminary damage survey. The confirmed tornado near White Lake touched down west of Teggerdine and Pontiac Lake roads just before 8 p.m. Saturday, traveling for about three minutes over just under two miles, and causing one minor injury. Armada Township, in Macomb County, also reported damage from Saturday’s intense storms, according to Michigan State Police. The Southfield Road and Michigan Avenue intersection, as well as the Davison Freeway and Woodward Avenue intersection, were also flooded, according to state police.mlive.com
Tornado, waterspout spotted near Lake Huron shoreline in Michigan’s Thumb
HURON COUNTY, MI -- A waterspout and a tornado were both spotted near the Lake Huron shoreline in Michigan’s Thumb region Saturday. At 4:26 p.m. on July 24, a confirmed waterspout was located just offshore near Port Austin, moving east at 45 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Related: Afternoon severe weather update: Tornado threat increased, timing of storms more confidentA confirmed tornado was later located near Port Austin at about 4:45 p.m., moving east at 40 mph. Other locations that could be impacted by the tornado include Port Hope, Huron City and Grindstone City, according to the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 10 p.m. for Southeastern Michigan.mlive.com
4 million Michiganders under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. this evening for much of Lower Michigan. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Central and Southern Lower Michigan and part of Lake Huron. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect this Saturday afternoon and evening from 3:15 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 65 statute miles north and south of a line from 40 miles east of Oscoda to 35 miles west of Grand Rapids. Notice that Ann Arbor, Detroit and far southeast Lower are not officially in the Severe Thunderstorm Watch.mlive.com
Michigan’s Boat and Beach Report: Sorting out sun, wind and rain for this weekend
So, in other words, with sunscreen on, Saturday is a great day to hit a Great Lakes’ beach. Otherwise you are going to find beach water temperatures in the 60s and even in the 50s in some spots. Great Lakes water temperatures on Friday, July 9, 2021The wind speeds should be less that 10 mph for most of the weekend. Waves should still be small Sunday over Michigan’s Great Lakes waters. By Sunday afternoon it won’t be a good beach day or boating day for southern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.mlive.com
Man, 21, rescued after thrown from jet ski near Les Cheneaux Islands
LES CHENEAUX ISLANDS, MI – A 21-year-old man survived being thrown off a jet ski into cold, rough Lake Huron waters due to an ill-fitted lifejacket and conservation officers being in the right place at the right time. Prior to the incident, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers Todd Sumbera and Cole VanOosten noticed the pair safely operating the PWC. She was yelling, “Help him,” and pointing at the man who was about 30 yards away from the PWC. Water was coming over the bow of the DNR boat as the officers navigated toward the struggling man and pulled him aboard. The man, who was very cold and had inhaled a “decent” amount of water, rode back on the DNR vessel.mlive.com
The Michigan Connection: How a near-fatal shooting on Mackinac Island changed medical knowledge forever
Have you ever noticed that there’s always a Michigan connection in nearly every major story? Or that when you go on vacation, you always seem to meet other people from Michigan? Whether it’s some sort of statistical bias of some kind or not, it feels right, right?
New eastern U.P. nature preserve spans 582 acres, 3 lakes
DETOUR, MICH. -- A spectacular property in the eastern Upper Peninsula is now a public nature preserve. The new Elise M. Kummer Nature Preserve spans 582 acres in DeTour, near Lake Huron and the St. Mary’s River. It is owned and managed by the Harbor Springs-based non-profit Little Traverse Conservancy, which oversees more than 200 nature preserves in the region. A longtime volunteer with the Michigan Nature Association, Kummer says the land’s distinct location will make it even more important in the coming years. For more information about the Elise M. Kummer Nature Preserve, visit Little Traverse Conservancy online at landtrust.org.mlive.com
Great Lakes’ water levels aren’t doing what they are supposed to - rise in summer
The Great Lakes are in a period of the year when their water levels usually rise. This is a continued sign that for the current time, the Great Lakes water levels are receding quickly from the record high levels over the past few years. Let’s look at what Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are doing now. The seasonal rise of water levels peaks in July or early August, and then it’s usually gradually receding water levels again to February. One inch of water on Lakes Michigan and Huron is composed of 800 billion gallons of water.mlive.com
Video captures partial ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse over Lake Huron
Even with that dismal astronomical record, when the forecast called for a probable chance to see the partial solar eclipse over Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, it was time to devise an action plan. Folks in Michigan would only see a partial eclipse as the path of totality was northeast of us. Sunrise arrived still cloudy, but thankfully my skepticism was soon proven wrong as the clouds broke just enough for that “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse to end up just where I wanted it. Chalk up a mark in the selfie win column for this 2021 partial solar eclipse. RELATED: See photos of stunning ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse sunrise over Lake Huron and Lake Michiganmlive.com
Michigan DNR seeks developer to purchase former restaurant property along Lake Huron
PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY, MI – The Michigan DNR is seeking a qualified developer to purchase and improve a former commercial property along Lake Huron in Presque Isle County. The 1.5-acre commercial parcel is surrounded by Presque Isle State Harbor. The parcel, located at 5549 E. Grand Lake Road, was acquired in 1982 using the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The sale of the commercial property will take place through a request for proposal process. The DNR can make arrangements to visit the parcel with interested bidders, according to a news release.mlive.com
Michigan’s Beach and Boat Report: Beach for sure, but boaters beware
Because of the wind direction out of the southwest this weekend, Lake Michigan beaches will have different weather from Lake Huron beaches. With the southwest wind blowing off cooler water, Lake Michigan beaches will be about 10 degrees cooler compared to just 10 miles inland. I’d say it will be near 80 degrees at the Lake Michigan beaches both Saturday and Sunday. With the wind blowing from the hotter inland areas to the beach, Lake Huron beaches will climb to near 90 degrees. Make sure you check the latest marine forecast for Lake Huron because wave heights may vary depending on exactly where you will be boating.mlive.com
Michigan’s ‘start of summer’ weekend won’t be so summery
It will be a dry and fairly sunny Memorial Day weekend. Saturday should become more sunny through the day, and that sun will last through most of Memorial Day over Lower Michigan. The temperatures won’t be hot and summery Sunday and Memorial Day, but will be warmer and very pleasant. Saturday's high temperature forecast. High temperature forecast for Memorial DayWith northeast winds Saturday, the Saginaw Bay area will be the windiest area.mlive.com
Michigan’s Lord Huron performs on Jimmy Fallon, how to watch
Since launching as an indie folk band in 2012, Lord Huron has skyrocketed to fame, and carved a niche for itself as one of Michigan’s most celebrated bands. It follows the success of the album’s lead single “Not Dead Yet,” which just captured No. You can see the band tonight (May 21) on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” where the band performs “I Lied.”“The Tonight Show” airs at 11:34 p.m. weeknights on NBC-TV. See full list of tour dates and more info at lordhuron.com. Lord Huron releases its new album, "Long Lost," on May 21, 2021.Used with permission/Anthony Wilson“Long Lost” Track List:mlive.com
3 Great Lakes water levels now at least one foot lower than last year
The Great Lakes water levels are continuing to trend downward. Before we talk about Great Lakes water levels, we have to put each month’s water level move in the perspective of what normally happens in that month. Remember- one inch of water on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron contains 800 billion gallons of water. There is one simple explanation to the falling Great Lakes water levels- lack of precipitation, both this past winter and so far this spring. This makes it easy to see why the Great Lakes water levels have held steady or declined in a time of year with normally rising water levels.mlive.com
Dry winter impacted Great Lakes water levels, Lakes Michigan, Huron down almost one foot
As a result, the Great Lakes water levels continue to decline faster than the typical late winter decline. A good comparison is the lake level currently to the lake level last year at this time. This drop in water levels has put a significant distance between the current water level and the devastating record high water level last year. Great Lakes water levels back to 1918Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie water levels have dropped in the past year, but still significantly higher than the long-term average. So Lakes Michigan and Huron will still have higher than average water, but not devastating, damaging high water levels.mlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: Wet, windy start to Friday
Rain showers Friday morning should taper off from southwest to northeast, and be out of the area by lunchtime. Skies become partly cloudy Friday night, with lows in the mid 30s. AdMore rain this weekendOur weekend gets off to a bright start with partly cloudy skies Saturday. Rain showers are likely Saturday night, with a rumble of thunder not out of the question. Any scattered, lingering light rain showers should end by Sunday morning, with Sunday skies becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon.
Metro Detroit weather: Windy Thursday with light rain
As expected, wind will increase Thursday, which will have a number of ramifications in our weather. Lakeshore flood warning, advisoryThe strong northeast wind will push water toward our coastlines, so a lakeshore flood warning has been issued for the Monroe County shoreline through 4 a.m. Friday. Thursday rainThe northeast wind is also coming from a source of drier Canadian air, and that air feeding into our area should keep the rain very light, with some areas just picking up drizzle. Northeast wind will continue at 15 to 25 mph, and will still have some gustiness. Remember to download the FREE Local4Casters weather app -- it’s easily one of the best in the nation.
Saginaw and Bay City weekend weather: In the heart of the Lake Huron chill
The weather this weekend in our Saginaw Valley area will be in the heart of a bitterly cold wind off Lake Huron. In fact, the Thumb will be blasted by the cold north wind, while Saginaw and Bay City get a glancing blow. If you have to travel, no precipitation is expected anywhere in the Saginaw or Bay City areas, or anywhere across Michigan. Low temperature forecast for Saturday, March 6High temperature forecast for Sunday, March 7Low temperature forecast for Sunday, March 7High temperature forecast for Sunday, March 7So you can see it’s a chilly weekend. Temperatures will warm to around 35 degrees in the Saginaw area, but downtown Bay City may only warm to 33 degrees.mlive.com
Evening Snowstorm Update: Big flakes, moisture from Lake Huron keep boosting snow forecast
In fact, the highest snow area keeps expanding slightly north and west. While West Michigan is known for lake effect snow, this time it’s the east side of Lower Michigan that gets more snow due to a Great Lake. Wind flow forecast at 3 a.m. Tuesday, February 16 is blowing across all of Lake Huron and into Lower Michigan. Now I’d say there will plenty of seven and eight inch snow totals, with some isolated 10 inch amounts. Total snow forecast from what should be one of the best models.mlive.com
‘No quick resolution’ in sight for ice jam, flooding along St. Clair River
Now, ice is causing flooding along the connecting channel between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair along Michigan’s thumb region. “This one did pop up rather quickly,” said Mark White, St. Clair County deputy emergency manager. But White said ice already in the river has nowhere to go because Lake St. Clair itself is now frozen over. “It would be fair to say that the severity of the flooding is linked to already high water levels,” he said. “The St. Clair River is just a big jamming spot,” he said.mlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: Winter Weather Advisory begins Saturday night as snow arrives
DETROIT – A winter weather advisory is in effect for Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties from 12 midnight, tonight, to 10 p.m. Sunday. Snow’s arrivalSaturday night will be snowy across Detroit and the rest of southeast Michigan shortly after midnight and through Sunday morning. The wind off Lake Huron, which is mostly liquid, will deliver lake effect snow showers and snow squalls on Monday. Neighborhoods south of I-94 will receive a two-day total of four to six inches of snow; isolates spots, over six inches. From I-94 (to the south) and M-59 (to the north), Detroit, Westland, Ann Arbor to Howell, Pontiac, Shelby Township and Mt.
Metro Detroit weather: Cold, dry Saturday evening with snow arriving tonight
DETROIT – A winter weather advisory is in effect for Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties from 12 midnight, tonight, to 10 p.m. Sunday. Saturday night will be snowy across Detroit and the rest of southeast Michigan shortly after midnight and through Sunday morning. Snow totalsSunday night becomes less snowy, but it remains cold -- so roads remain treacherous. The wind off Lake Huron, which is mostly liquid, will deliver lake effect snow showers and snow squalls on Monday. From I-94 (to the south) and M-59 (to the north), Detroit, Westland, Ann Arbor to Howell, Pontiac, Shelby Township and Mt.
Metro Detroit weather: Snowfall to start Saturday night
DETROIT – A winter weather advisory has been issued for SE Michigan’s Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties from midnight Saturday to 10 p.m. Sunday. Snow is on the way for the Detroit area, with snowfall beginning in some areas Saturday night and in many areas on Sunday. Saturday night will be snowy across Detroit and the rest of southeast Michigan shortly after midnight and through Sunday morning. The wind off Lake Huron, which is mostly liquid, will deliver lake effect snow showers and snow squalls on Monday. From I-94 (to the south) and M-59 (to the north), Detroit, Westland, Ann Arbor to Howell, Pontiac, Shelby Township and Mt.
EGLE approves permit for new Line 5 tunnel under Straits of Mackinac
MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich. – There was praise and disappointment on Friday after the Michigan Department Environment, Great Lakes and Energy approved the first permits to for the controversial tunnel project around the Enbridge Line 5 gas line. The dual oil pipeline is among the largest in the region and runs directly through the Mackinac Straits carrying 23 million gallons of crude oil each day. In 2010, a separate Enbridge pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. AdEnvironmental scientists estimate an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would cost almost $2 billion in cleaning costs and lost tourism revenue. This week the Canadian Consul General in Detroit telling the Canadian National Post shutting down Line 5 could harm Canadian-U.S. relations.
Nearly 1 mile of undeveloped Lake Huron waterfront slated to become a public park
TAWAS CITY, MI - Nearly one mile of undeveloped Lake Huron coastline near Tawas City is slated to become home to a public park. The property is situated just south of Tawas City and includes nearly a mile of Lake Huron frontage. “The vision right now is that the park would remain for relatively passive use, like hiking and walking trails; perhaps some access to Lake Huron. The Lake Huron Coastal Preserve project is the newest environmental development and change happening at USG’s Iosco County location. A large rock conveyor system that used to sit offshore in Lake Huron to load lake freighters was demolished in 2020.mlive.com
A State Park On The Tip Of The Thumb Offers Geodesic Domes For Camping Experiences
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Great Lakes water levels drifting away from record heights
The Great Lakes as a whole continue to slowly drift lower on water levels. The few Great Lakes that have been in record high water territory this past year are easing away from those milestones. The high water mark this coming summer has no threat of being in record high water territory. If there isn’t a long-lasting flooding rain pattern this spring or summer, Lake Ontario will safely stay away from record high water levels. If the weather over the Great Lakes basin continues to remain fairly normal for winter, spring and early summer, we may have Great Lakes water levels that are in the enjoyable and not damaging range.mlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: Will we get any Friday sun?
Highs will be similar to Thursday’s highs, in the mid 30s (1 degree Celsius), with a north wind at 5 to 10 mph. Becoming partly cloudy Friday night, with lows in the low 20s (-5 degrees Celsius). Weekend forecastPartly cloudy on Saturday, with highs in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius). Mostly cloudy Sunday night, with lows in the mid 20s (-4 degrees Celsius). Highs in the mid 30s (1 to 2 degrees Celsius) and lows in the low to mid 20s (-5 to -4 degrees Celsius).
Metro Detroit weather: Searching for some rays
Highs remain on the plus side of average -- in the mid 30s (3 degrees Celsius). Partly cloudy Friday night, with lows in the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius). Highs in the mid 30s (3 degrees Celsius). Partly cloudy Saturday night, with lows in the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius). Highs all three days in the mid 30s (1 to 3 degrees Celsius), and overnight lows in the low to mid 20s (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius).
Gale Warnings issued for 3 Great Lakes, wind gusts up to 50 mph forecast
Our rollercoaster weather pattern for the next few days has sparked Gale Warnings over Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, with some of these warnings lasting into Thursday. Wind gusts over 50 mph are expected in some spots on the lakes, and waves up to 19 feet are forecast in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. The Gale Warnings ramp up tonight and tomorrow morning across much of the Great Lakes. But then temperatures are expected to plummet drastically, with lake-effect snow and single-digit wind chills rushing in for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A quick check of the Marine Traffic website late today shows freighter traffic on all the lakes that will be covered by the Gale Warnings.mlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: Quiet days ahead, until the weekend
Things look pretty quiet for the next five days, but then comes this weekend -- I’ll address that in a moment. Highs in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius), and possibly a tad warmer if we get any afternoon peeks of sun. Mostly sunny on Thursday -- this is the pick day of the week -- with highs in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius). Highs may still reach the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius) in the mild air mass ahead of the front. Steady temperatures in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius).
Freighter aground on Detroit River now freed
DETROIT – A freighter that ran aground on the Detroit River has been freed Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that the the Harvest Spirit has been refloated and will undergo further inspection. The 500-foot freighter Harvest Spirit, aground in the Detroit River since Wednesday morning, was successfully refloated this afternoon and is safely anchored in U.S. waters while awaiting a thorough inspection. News release: https://t.co/uso2FQQpnp pic.twitter.com/L3X47zJDww — USCG Great Lakes (@USCGGreatLakes) December 4, 2020Shipping was routed to Detroit River’s Amherstburg Channel, east of Bois Blanc Island. The Detroit River is one of the busiest rivers for commercial shipping on the planet.
A submerged ‘high water mark’ upends Michigan’s control of the beach
LANSING, MI — The “high water mark” along the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron coastline in the state of Michigan was underwater for more than a year and hardly anyone noticed. A revised version will shorten and simplify shoreline protection permit applications during high water periods on the Great Lakes and clarify the boundaries of EGLE’s authority in relation to the high water mark. They can also block people from walking along the beach past private property — a right of public access upheld by the state supreme court using a different definition of the high water mark. The datum is adjusted because the Great Lakes are rising relative to the oceans. “Intuitively, if you have a high water mark that’s now underwater, that’s no longer the high water mark,” he said.mlive.com
Great Lakes water levels go down more than normal, inch away from record levels
The Great Lakes water levels are in their seasonal decline. The Great Lakes have been near or at record high water levels at some point in the past few years. While Lakes Michigan and Huron were at record water levels this past summer, the lakes are now around 10 inches below the record level. The six-month forecast of water levels keeps Lake Michigan and Lake Huron below record levels. One note though is that water levels could approach record levels in February and March of 2021.mlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: Freaky, then flakey forecast
DETROIT – We are starting our Finally Friday with lots of clouds and some lake effect rain showers near Lake Huron. Highs will struggle mightily today, as temps hold nearly steady in the low to mid 40s (5 to 7 degrees Celsius). Temperatures will fall into the mid 40s (7 degrees Celsius) during the early evening, so a couple of layers under the costume works well. We start the day with rain showers and temps in the mid 40s (7 to 8 degrees Celsius). Highs will warm into the mid 50s (12 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday, and then potentially be at or a little above 60 degrees (16 degrees Celsius) through the weekend!
Genesee County nets $600K from sale of its last piece of Lake Huron property
GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- The county has agreed to sell it’s last remaining parcel of property near Lake Huron, netting $600,000 from the land that remained after construction of a Lake Huron intake for the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline. The county Board of Commissioners agreed Wednesday, Oct. 28, to sell approximately 195 acres west of M-25 in southern Sanilac County in the deal. Because the 195-acre plot was undeveloped and did not have lake access, Cousineau said he expected the county would be left holding the property for many years. Ten acres of the property was sold for a township park and 40 more acres were sold to the Office of Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright for $440,000. More on MLive:With budget issues looming, Genesee County looks to sell Lake Huron propertyGenesee County rejects first offer on Lake Huron propertyFlint residents sue bond underwriters, claim they helped create city’s water crisismlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: Here comes the sun
DETROIT – No matter how you slice it, Tuesday’s weather didn’t cut it. Becoming sunnier and sunnier as the day progresses on Friday, with highs only in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius). Clear skies prevail Saturday night, with lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius). Temperatures will fall into the mid 40s (7 to 8 degrees Celsius) by 8:00 p.m., so this will be a pretty typical weather evening for the Trick or Treaters. Overnight lows near 40 degrees (4 to 5 degrees Celsius) by Sunday morning.
Local 4 News at 4 -- Oct. 12, 2020
Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at 4:Wind, rain and cold temperatures are in the forecast“Storm Tracker 4 is watching a batch of showers and thunderstorms migrating in from Wisconsin. Expect some healthy rumbles and possibly a few heavy downpours. But we expect these storms to stay below severe limits. They’ll roll into the West Zone just before 8 p.m. and should be gone for everyone except the Lake Huron shoreline by midnight tonight.” -- Ben Bailey
Metro Detroit weather: Relatively warm with clouds overhead, Saturday evening
You can feel the higher temps and higher humidity, this evening. Then, higher temps return Monday with reinforcing chilly air to follow. Saturday evening will be cloudy but warm in most of southeast Michigan. Another cold front brings cooler weather again, mid-week. · Track the live Michigan Weather Radar here· Track severe weather alerts here· Submit storm photos here· Find more weather forecast articles at Weather Center
Some Michigan rivers dump almost 3 years worth of water into Lakes Michigan and Huron in 2020
Record setting amounts of water flowed through some Michigan rivers this year on the way to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. River flow for a year is tallied from October 1 to September 30 of the next year. Saginaw River flow at Saginaw for October 2019 to September 2020 (source - NWS Grand Rapids, MI)The Grand River at Grand Rapids had record water flow since around January 2020. More than two years worth of water flowed through downtown Grand Rapids this year on its way to Lake Michigan. We’ve had two back-to-back years of tremendous amounts of water flowing out of Michigan rivers into Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.mlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: Dry, mild Friday with frost possible tonight
The one exception will be in the Thumb, where Lake Huron moisture will give you more cloud cover and some scattered showers. The third ingredient is cloud cover, and that’s the question mark. Enough high resolution models bring in some of this cloud cover – which acts as a blanket and holds some heat in - that I think many of us won’t see frost. Our Urban Heat Island has the lowest risk, as temps there will only drop into the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius). Next weekMonday looks great, with mostly sunny skies and highs near 60 degrees (15 to 16 degrees Celsius).
Metro Detroit weather: Fantastic cider mill weekend ahead, frost advisory
Clear Saturday night, with lows in the low to mid 40s (5 to 7 degrees Celsius). Mostly sunny on Sunday, and a tad warmer with highs in the mid 60s (18 degrees Celsius). Clear Sunday night, with lows in the mid 40s (7 degrees Celsius). Highs will drop a bit due to more clouds…reaching the mid 70s (25 degrees Celsius). But it then appears that we warm up again into the mid to upper 70s (24 to 26 degrees Celsius) Friday into next weekend and, right now, next weekend still looks spectacular with plenty of sun!
Man charged in drowning of boy, 5, who fell off boat while not wearing a life jacket
CHEYBOYGAN COUNTY, MI -- A 77-year-old Cheyboygan man has been charged in the drowning death of a 5-year-boy last month on Lake Huron in Duncan Bay. According to Up North Live, Willem Vantielen turned himself into police Thursday and was arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse. Vantielen is accused of allowing the 5-year-boy to ride on a tube being pulled by Vantielen’s boat without wearing a life jacket. The involuntary manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, upon conviction. READ MOREMichigan State Police searching for missing 16-year-old girl19 businesses penalized over $50K for ‘serious’ COVID-19 safety violations85-year-old man fatally stabbed at Meijer; suspect detained by armed customermlive.com
Metro Detroit weather: As good as it gets!
Highs in the mid to upper 70s (24 to 26 degrees Celsius). Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Wednesday, a delightful summer day with highs again in the mid to upper 70s (24 to 26 degrees Celsius). Mostly clear Wednesday night, with lows in the mid to upper 50s (14 to 15 degrees Celsius). Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows near 60 degrees (15 to 16 degrees Celsius). Weekend OutlookThis mornings computer models still advertise Saturday as the better of the two weekend days, with mostly sunny or partly cloudy skies.
Here are some of the best places for a scenic drive in Michigan
A mix of lush green forests and lake views is what Michigan has to offer for a scenic drive. You can also head north toward the city of Frankfort which offers views of the wooded hills to Lake Michigan. I-94 to US-29 from Detroit to Port HuronMichigans eastern shore along Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River is a short ride east out of Detroit on I-94 reach US-29. The path that is along the eastern shore of Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River and along the way you will see sparkling Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River, historic homes, inns and restaurants. The scenic and historic shoreline drive will take you though small towns such as Algonac, St. Clair and Port Huron.
Great Lakes record 84 waterspouts in first outbreak of 2020
At least 84 waterspouts were recorded over the Great Lakes last week in the lakes first waterspout outbreak this year, researchers say. Connected to cumulus clouds, waterspouts on the Great Lakes are typically formed when cooler air travels across the warm waters -- and water temperatures in the Great Lakes have been higher than average this summer. Day 5 of the Great Waterspout Outbreak of 2020! @NWSCLE pic.twitter.com/UUhHDephhy ICWR (@ICWR) August 5, 2020The Great Waterspout Outbreak of 2020 Update. Things simmer down over the Great Lakes Wednesday afternoon https://t.co/vPDQst8PRP @NWSCLE @NWSBUFFALO #ONStorm pic.twitter.com/QYGz6XBYyJ ICWR (@ICWR) August 5, 2020During what ICWR is calling the Great Waterspout Outbreak of 2020, the center says a total of 42 waterspouts were recorded over the Great Lakes just on Wednesday alone.
Metro Detroit weather forecast: Rain chances will linger through the evening
DETROIT Rain chances will linger through the evening, but that will be all she wrote until possibly next week. Primary ShowersOne last disturbance is rolling through the area, bringing light showers mostly to the North and Metro Zone. Lake UpdateThe Lakeshore Flood Advisory for Sanilac and St. Clair counties expires at 10 p.m. tonight. Both St. Clair and Erie are below records, and below the levels of last year at this time. The decrease should be 2 inches for Lake Huron, 3 inches for Lake St. Clair and 4 inches for Lake Erie.
Coast Guard rescues 5 people, dog from sinking boat in Lake Huron
BAY CITY, Mich. – Five people and a dog have been rescued from a sinking boat in Saginaw Bay. The 50-foot vessel was halfway submerged and one person wearing a life jacket was in the water when a Coast Guard rescue boat arrived after 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard said Thursday in a release. A line was tossed to the person who was pulled aboard the Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescue boat. The other four people and the dog were helped aboard the rescue boat from the sinking vessel. Salvage crews were working Thursday on a plan to remove the sinking boat from Saginaw Bay, according to the Coast Guard.
Homeowners in Harrison Township take drastic measures to fight flooding
HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Rising water levels continue to be a big concern across the state of Michigan, including in Metro Detroit. Last month, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Saint Clair all set all-time high water levels. In Harrison Township homeowners are being forced to take drastic measures to fight against flooding. When Michael Lambert bought Land’s End Marina 34 years ago, he immediately endured the record-high water levels of 1986. READ: High winds, lake levels cause flooding in Michigan
Classic Michigan weather this week: Freeze Warning tonight, 70s later
Rain showers changed to snow showers overnight, and those will move out of the area early this morning. Highs only in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius) will feel even cooler due to a northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph. Skies become partly cloudy Monday night, but another upper level disturbance could trigger a few late night snow showers. TuesdayMostly sunny to partly cloudy on Tuesday, with highs rebounding into the mid to upper 50s (14 degrees Celsius). That’s still well below our average high of 69 degrees (20 degrees Celsius), but hang in there...we’re making progress!
Winter storm warning issued for Sanilac and St. Clair counties
MICHIGAN – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Sanilac and St. Clair counties until 5 a.m. Tuesday. Around 6 to 11 inches of snow is possible in both counties. Related: Winter storm in Metro Detroit: Snow continues to pile upWeather radarKeep an eye out for severe weather alerts and the radar here:
Metro Detroit weather: Humid Monday night; foggy Tuesday morning
DETROIT - Sunshine has been hard to come by in Metro Detroit, but it's about to make a big reappearance. Even when they start to break up in the evening, we'll get a reinforcing shot of Lake Huron air that will keep us overcast overnight. Conditions will will range from noticeably humid to muggy Monday night. We'll walk out the door to clouds Tuesday morning, but some sunshine will come by the afternoon. Skies will be mainly clear by Tuesday night and stay that way through the end of the workweek.
High waters bringing pieces of Lake Huron shipwrecks ashore
ALPENA, Mich. - Rising water levels in the Great Lakes are bringing pieces of shipwrecks ashore along Michigan's Lake Huron shoreline. State Maritime Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi says sightings of wooden pieces of shipwrecks have been common in recent weeks along Thunder Bay in Alpena and other communities dotting Lake Huron's shoreline as high waters wash those artifacts ashore. Lusardi tells The Alpena News that this summer's shoreline erosion is giving archeologists a chance to draw, photograph, measure and study artifacts that are usually hidden beneath the lake's depths. He says a shipwreck once buried in sand dunes at Hoeft State Park, north of Rogers City, has been come to light over the summer. Wind-driven waves have revealed 45 feet of that ship's ribs and bottom, although most of that vessel remains buried.
Michigan weather: Lakeshore Flood Advisory in effect for St. Clair, Sanilac counties
A Lakeshore Flood Advisory is in effect for those on the shoreline of Lake Huron on Thursday. Waves could be 4-8 feet on Lake Huron causing some shoreline issues and possible flooding. That also means parts of the Thumb in our North Zone will be closer to 70 degrees today rather than 80 degrees. A Lakeshore Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds will generate waves and high water level capable of lakeshore flooding and beach erosion, along with damage to property near or on the water.
Emails reveal governor's officials flagged early on Flint water
Problems began to surface in Flint, Michigan when the city switched its water source from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River. Emails are now showing that Governor Snyder's aides knew about the water problem early on. Dean Reynolds explains.cbsnews.com
Governor's emails show debate over blame for Flint water
LANSING, Mich. – A day after doctors reported high levels of lead in Flint children, Gov. Rick Snyder's top aide told him the "real responsibility" for the city's water issues rested with local government officials, emails show. "Of course, some of the Flint people respond by looking for someone to blame instead of working to reduce anxiety," Muchmore wrote. By early October, the Snyder administration was forced to acknowledge the validity of the lead concerns and help Flint return to the Detroit water system. The money would also replace plumbing fixtures in schools with lead problems and help Flint with unpaid water bills.