“The name selected for a boat may not seem like an important thing. But, considering the strong feelings many of us have for our boats; the fact that we put so much work, and sweat and money into them; the fact they are a big part of our memories of so many good times, with family, with friends; the fact that sometimes our very lives are in the safekeeping of our boat; most of us feel that selecting the right name for our boat is important.”- The Frugal Mariner
This winter the Great Lakes experienced near record ice coverage. In March 2014 NOAA reported 92.2% of the Great Lakes were frozen. A record only surpassed in 1979 with over 94% total ice coverage. This deep freeze over the Great lakes was viewed warmly as ice tends to prevent evaporation of the lakes and provide recovery for lake levels during the spring thaw. The coverage also ment that most of Michigan experienced a very sunny, albeit cold winter. All of the Great Lakes experienced record low water levels in early 2014. Matching levels 50 years ago in 1964.
Effects of Cold Winter Linger
This week Environment Canada posted a report showing lake ice still at an amazing 37% coverage. The coverage is primarily occurring on Lake Superior. Below normal temperatures and ongoing snow fall is still occurring regularly the UP of Michigan. It’s estimated that most of the Great lakes will not be totally ice-free until mid May.
The ice has impacted harbor towns across the Great Lakes. Marquette Michigan’s newspaper Mining Journal reported that Marquette harbor is open – roughly two weeks later than normal. Ice breakers provided by the U.S. Coast Guard had to escort two freighters into the harbor this week. One freighter, The Barker delivered coal to the Presque Isle power plant. The delay in the shipping season forced We Energies to acquire reserve coal stock from Marquette Board of Light and Power.
In Michigan’s Thumb, the long winter season has delayed work at Port Austin harbor.
The head of Michigan’s Republican National Committee is scheduled to visit the wind farms in Huron County next week. The Huron Daily Tribune is reporting that Ronna Romney McDaniel, the niece of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will be in the upper thumb for a wind turbine tour.
It’s an ironic twist that the Republicans are now appearing to embrace renewable energy in Michigan. Credit should be given to former Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm who established Michigan’s renewable energy program back in 2008. Michigan set a goal of having 10% of produced energy from renewable sources such as wind energy by 2015. The Michigan Thumb hosts the most concentrated area for wind farms in the Great Lakes.
Caseville: Freezin for a Reason is Cute, but the Logo of a Snowman Pooping Ice Cubes is Tacky and Tasteless.
The author of Thumbwind.com is no prude. I was a frat boy in the 80’s, and love the tongue in cheek, double entendre slogans and images. However in this case I gotta say I’m not going to spend a dime for a sweat shirt or hat with a logo depicting Frosty the Snowman taking a dump. The creep factor is huge.
Potty humor is absolutely hysterical….for a third grader. Caseville Chamber you laid a turd all right. You portrayed a fun winter time event with an image to toggle the gag reflex. Please don’t screw it up for Cheeseburger.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is reporting a resurgence in Great Lakes water levels. After years of record-setting lows the frigid winter and ice coverage of the Great Lakes offers hope of lake level recovery. They report, “Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 12 and 14 inches, respectively, above their levels of a year ago. Lake St. Clair is 2 inches lower while Lakes Erie and Ontario are 3 and 6 inches, respectively, above what they were at this time last year. Over the next 30 days, Lake Superior is expected to drop 2 inches and Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to remain near its current level. Lakes St. Clair and Erie are expected to rise 10 inches and 3 inches respectively over the next 30 days while Lake Ontario is expected to drop 1 inch. Ice building in the connecting channels can cause significant water level fluctuations, especially in Lake St. Clair.”
Meanwhile NOAA is recording slightly above normal levels at Harbor Beach with approximately 2 inches above datum.
Significant changes are happening with Scouting requirements. Below is a reblog from Scouting Magazine.
Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:
Before you watch Times Square’s big countdown tonight, take a look at three big changes coming to the Boy Scouts of America at the stroke of midnight.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, you’ve got a new list of Eagle-required merit badges, a new membership policy for youth, and new membership fees for Scouts and Scouters.
Let’s take a look at each one of these changes:
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Owasso got hit with over a 3/4 inch of ice in the first significant winter weather event of the season. Consumers Energy is telling customers in the area that power may not be restored until after Christmas. Communitys has far south as Waterford are reporting power outages with ice starting to melt and fall off the trees.