IceAgeNow writes: As of today, 27 May 2014, Lake Superior ice cover stands at 4.3% – the greatest level of ice seen on this date, not only on Lake Superior, but on all of the Great Lakes since modern satellite records in 1980-81. Get a load of this picture that shows the Lake Superior beaches on Memorial Day.
Bill Steffen, meteorologist at WOOD-TV writes:
The high temperature at the Marquette Airport (well inland) was 85° on Sunday…but… This is what it looked like at the beach! (pic. from the Marquette NWS facebook page and Doug Vanb). Easiest day a lifeguard ever had. Check out this picture Sunday from the beach at Grand Marais. Note, not only the expanse of ice, but also, no leaves on the trees yet. Here’s Union Bay – Silver City MI on Friday. Here’s the ice at Black River Harbor. Another pic. of the ice at Marquette.
Current ice cover measured by satellite:
For more info, see the WUWT Great Lakes Ice page: http://wattsupwiththat.com/reference-pages/sea-ice-page/great-lakes-ice-page/
UPDATE: The headline was truncated and gave an inaccurate viewpoint that ice had never been seen on Lake Superior at this late date. It has been updated to reflect that it is about extent, not just the mere appearance of it.
Thanks to Twitter follower Abbie Tireman for the note and this photo: