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Extreme Weather: Lake Michigan Sets All-time Ice Coverage Record; Grand River Has Flood Risk

A satellite view of the southern portion of Lake Michigan on Friday, a day before a record for ice coverage on the Great Lake was set. (Photo: NASA)

Lake Michigan reached an all-time high level of ice coverage over the weekend while deep snow has many on alert for risk of flooding.

The National Weather Service reports ice coverage on Lake Michigan rose to 93.3 percent on March 8.

That broke the record of 93.1 percent set in 1977. Records go back to 1973.

Last week, a look at flood risk along the Grand River by the National Weather Service shows a strong chance of flooding:

 

  • There is a 90 percent chance of minor flooding of the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Ada, Lansing and Jackson.
  • A 10 percent chance of major flooding in Ada.
  • A 20 percent chance of major flooding in Grand Rapids.
  • The amount of water in the snow is equal to how much we might expect to see every 25 to 50 years.

It’s been a record-setting winter and it’s not over yet.

Let’s hope we beat the odds and keep flooding to a minimum this spring.

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