Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In hot water
The ridiculous heat this summer, 100F here in Minneapolis/St Paul yesterday, has also caused ridiculous water temperatures in both inland lakes and the Great Lakes. Normally Lake Superior is around the mid 50'sF this time of year and doesn't warm up to the temperatures we are seeing now until a bit before Labor Day. Lake Michigan is even warmer with a buoy in the open lake recording an 80F reading last Friday, a high that has been acheived only 6 times since 1981 and never this early in the year. A relatively ice free winter gave the lakes a head start and the above mentioned high temperatures have only accelerated the lake warming.
North House Folk School. Son GuitarMatt and his lady friend Kirbette were out on the boat for a late morning tour. Both of us had gotten smart and worn light wool with a thin outer layer. Because the breeze was not blowing over 50F water, even a paddle jacket was way too warm. Standing in the water for rolling instruction may be a different story but I don't think so. Its gonna be a great year for Lake Superior swimming but maybe not so good for those that rely on its cooling influence and the flora and fauna that count on cool temps to survive and flourish. Put me down firmly in the 'cold is better' camp.