24 Jul '12, 8pm

Lake Superior is so hot right now:

Lake Superior is so hot right now:

Lake Superior is the largest and northernmost Great Lake, containing almost three times as much water as Lake Michigan, the second largest in volume. In fact, it contains more water than the other Great Lakes combined . Which should mean that it’s cold. Click to embiggen. Calling it hot is a stretch — but all of that water is heating up far more than expected. From Climate Central (which is also the source of the graph): As the above chart shows, based on the 30-year average, the lake’s average water temperature should be in the mid-50s. But thanks to scant lake ice cover this past winter, along with a rare March heat wave and warmer-than-average weather since then, the lake began warming earlier than normal, and that warming has kept right on going. Wintertime ice cover on the Great Lakes was the lowest observed since such records began in 1980. The chart itself is pretty...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/lake-superior-is-so-hot-right-now/

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