Lake Michigan Warmer than Average in 2016

Lake Michigan has been warmer than average throughout 2016, according to the NOAA Coastwatch site.
Here are what the current surface water temperatures look like across the Great Lakes. Temperatures on the southern end of Lake Michigan are in the 70s and in the low 70s or upper 60s in much of the rest of the lake. There are some spots along the Wisconsin shore that are in the low 60s and 50s.
Here are the Lake Michigan average surface temperatures (blue) compared to 2016 (red). Lake temperatures have been running above average throughout the year. Air temperatures across the Great Lakes region have been running between 1 and 3 degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 average for 2016 as well (bottom map).

2 Replies to “Lake Michigan Warmer than Average in 2016”

  1. Jim,
    This September seems to be quite warm in the Chicago and central Illinois area. Is it my imagination or do we normally have high 80’s at this time of year?

  2. We can get into the high 80s, especially in the first half of September. In most locations, the record highs for September are in the 90s. So this September was certainly warm (6th warmest on record), but not quite record breaking.

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