World record waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes

World record waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes

232 waterspouts/funnels have been confirmed over the Great Lakes from September 28 to October 4, 2020, in the second world record waterspout outbreak of the year, according to the International Center for Waterspout Research (ICWR). From August 16 to 19, 2020, a…

Great Lakes hit by first waterspout outbreak of 2020

Great Lakes hit by first waterspout outbreak of 2020

The Great Lakes witnessed their first waterspout outbreak of the 2020 season as dozens of tornadoes were reported over the lakes for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Much of the waterspouts were seen over lakes Michigan, Erie, and Ontario….

Microplastics in the Great Lakes become benthic, study shows

Microplastics in the Great Lakes become benthic, study shows

Sediment petrologist Patricia Corcoran and several of her students at the University of Western Ontario found that microplastics in the Great Lakes are becoming benthic, as presented on the Geological Study of America Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on September…

Rapid freezing of Great Lakes

Rapid freezing of Great Lakes

A rapid increase of ice coverage was observed on the Great Lakes following well below normal coverage during the first half of January and extremely cold Arctic Air that brought widespread record-breaking temperatures at the end of the month. After a few days of…

Unprecedented amount of ice still present at Great Lakes, USA/Canada

Unprecedented amount of ice still present at Great Lakes, USA/Canada

Although North America is now a full month into astronomical spring, the Great Lakes are still almost half frozen. As of April 22, 2014, the Great Lakes were 33.9 percent ice covered. Some scientists say that the amount of ice that still remains could have a big im

A great freeze over the Great Lakes

A great freeze over the Great Lakes

Ice cover on North America’s Great Lakes reached 88 percent in mid-February 2014, levels not observed since 1994. The average maximum ice extent since 1973 is just over 50 percent. It has surpassed 80 percent just five times in four decades. The lowest

Great Lakes water levels reached record lows

Great Lakes water levels reached record lows

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers measured record low water levels in two of the North America’s Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron. The water levels at Lake Michigan and Lake Huron reached the lowest level from 1918, since modern record-keeping began. Water levels at

“Freshwater Fury” continues to lash Great Lakes

“Freshwater Fury” continues to lash Great Lakes

A powerful “Freshwater Fury” will leave the Great Lakes tonight, but not before unleashing more wind-driven rain, strong winds and pounding waves today. The corridor from central Ontario to Lake Michigan to Indiana will continue to endure the nastiest conditions