Great Lakes water temps breaking records

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  1. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    and they could keep going up..

    You don’t expect to see 75- or even 80-degree water in the Great Lakes in early July or, in most years, anytime. But an exceptionally hot weather pattern has pushed water temperatures in most of the lakes to the highest levels on record so early in the summer. Over lakes Erie and Ontario, the water is the warmest it has been since records began being kept, and could warm more in the coming weeks.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/14/great-lakes-record-warm-water/
     
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  2. yobub

    yobub Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Jul 29, 2016
    Chicago
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
    We were creeping up toward 80 degrees along the west shore of Lake Michigan. Hit 77 and 78 over the past couple of weeks. Still around 75 in some areas. Crazy for this time of year.
     
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  3. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Similar to down here...
     
  4. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

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    Funny how weather can be. Down here in NC, we had late april like temps until the first of June. Then, it went to business as usual.
     
  5. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Not so warm up here.
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  6. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Geez... By the looks of things you should still have ice
     
  7. Dabble

    Dabble Member

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    May 26, 2020
    Olympia, WA
    1997 330 Sundancer
    2000 230 Bow Rider
    97 - Twin 5.7 Merc V-Drives
    2000 - 5.7 Bravo III
    54* average in Puget Sound. Just right.
     
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  8. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    Water has been cool (65 to 70ish) off our beach this July on Georgian Bay. But that is because the high water levels mean the normally shallow water is deeper and waves can cycle the warm water away. Calm days warm it up nicely then a storm turns it over. I salmon fish the bay with a temp sensor and 100 ft down the water remains in the 40s all summer. Its only the surface that is warm. The bays and inlets off the main bay are very warm though. So places we anchor and overnight are really nice this year. And another heat wave arrives today. Personally I love it. My wife, not so much. Her MS symptoms flare up in the heat. She spends a lot of time in the cool lake over the run of the day.
     
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  9. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Lake Michigan flipped on us last week. Our favorite spot to hit the beach (close to Muskegon) went from 72 to 45 degrees. I'm hoping it's come back by this weekend!

    Spring Lake is like bath water right now. I think mid-80's. The kids love it...
     
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  10. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    Lake Norman is 91 right now. Will hit 95/96 on a hot sunny day. Not very refreshing when its that warm.
     
  11. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    2001
    Axiom 12 MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    Lake Lanier was 87 under my boat yesterday. We’re forecast mid 90’s air temps for the next several days, so it will get warmer. Hoping for a prolonged fall season:)
     
  12. andy k

    andy k Active Member

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    Feb 7, 2009
    Door County, Wisconsin
    1998 3075
    Mercruiser 5.7 w/ Alpha one. Kohler 5kw
    I wonder if the warm water will help evaporate the water and lower the water levels slightly?
     
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  13. OllieC

    OllieC Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    Sara Belle
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    Indeed. Last week went out 3 miles from the S. Shore of WI. My electronics said 72! It was like that almost all week. The fishing sucked, but the water was nice. Also, there were multiple days it was glass. Don't let the Admirals hoodie fool you. She's pastie white and was trying not to burn. It was hot.

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  14. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    That's not the way it works. Evaporation occurs when cold air blows over warm water. We currently have warm moist air blowing over the lake. Going into the fall and winter if the lake is still warmer than normal, which is not a foregone conclusion, evaporation rates will be higher than normal.
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  15. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Depending on the temps this winter, we could be in for lots of lake effect snow. It will depend on how long the lake takes to freeze and how many arctic blasts we receive before the lake ices over. Going into the fall with high water temps favors nice lake effect snow and brings the water level down due to evaporation. This winter could be like 1987's winter.
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  16. Phasma

    Phasma Phasma2128 GOLD Sponsor

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    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    In which case the lake effect machine will be working in overdrive.
    It sounds like maybe my nice little snow plow business will be paying my slip fees for 2021
     
  17. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    After a severe (by our standards) winter three years ago where we got two or three 6"-8" snowfalls and temps cold enough that the snow didn't go away for weeks, the neighbors and I cshipped in and bought a nice Craftsman snow blower. (Yeah, I know, those snowfalls aren't really severe by Great Lakes standards!)

    We really bought it as a "Snow Prevention Device" and last winter it worked well. We only had two or three snowfalls all winter of about 2" each so the snowblower never got used.

    We're hoping it works as well this year in preventing snow. Stay tuned!
     
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  18. Steve S

    Steve S Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    Meet "Brutus"... two stage, self propelled 12.5 HP 28" x 24" scoop... All steel and all American Made.

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  19. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    What a difference a few weeks makes. Water is 77 today. And I am working on the laptop and can only look for now.
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  20. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I was out fishing last evening. Beautiful night. Salmon were there but not interested in what we had to offer. Surface temperature of the water in the middle of the bay was 79.5F and it was in the 70's at 90 ft deep. That is as warm as I have seen it in the 20 years I have been on Georgian Bay. Great swimming though.
     

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