Lake Michigan and Lake Huron hit all-time low water levels

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:00 PM GMT on February 06, 2013

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During January 2013, water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron fell to their all-time lowest values since record keeping began in 1918, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday. The two lakes (which are connected and are hydrologically the same lake) fell to a water level of 576.02'. This is 0.4" below the previous record low of 576.05' set in March 1964. The lakes have dropped 17 inches since January 2012, and are now 29 inches below their long-term average. Lake Superior is about 9" above its all-time low water level, and Lakes Erie and Ontario are just 6" below average (26 - 27" above their all-time lows), so these lakes will not set new low water records in 2013. The latest forecast calls for Lake Superior to drop 2 inches during February, Lake Michigan and Huron to drop 1 inch, Lake Erie to rise 2 inches, and Lake Ontario remain near its current level.


Figure 1. Low water levels at Old Mission Point Lighthouse at Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, during July 2000. Image credit: NOAA/GLERL.


Why the record lows?
The record-low water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are due, in part, to dredging operations in their outflow channel, the St. Clair River. The dredging, which stopped in the 1960s, is blamed for a long-term 10 - 16" decrease in water levels. The record low water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in January occurred despite the fact that precipitation over their watershed was 61% above average during the month. However, precipitation over the past 12 months was only 91% of average, and runoff into the lakes depends upon precipitation over longer than a 1-month period. Furthermore, evaporation over these lakes was much higher than average during January, making the net water supplied to the lakes (runoff into the lakes, plus precipitation over the lakes, minus evaporation from the lakes) only 63% of average. What caused the increased evaporation? Well, very warm water temperatures, for one. According to NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), water temperatures over Lake Michigan are currently about 2.5°F above average, and are about 1°F above average over Lake Huron. These warm water temperatures are the lingering effects of the extraordinary warmth of 2012, which was the warmest year on record over much of the Great Lakes region. Also increasing the evaporation from the lakes during January was the presence of less ice cover than average, which exposed more open water to the air.


Figure 2. The water level on Lake Huron and Lake Michigan measured during 2012 - 2013 (red line) hit an all-time low during January 2013, beating the previous record set in March 1964. The predicted water levels for February - March call for record lows both months. Image credit: Army Corps of Engineers.

Ice cover declining, water temperatures warming, and precipitation increasing in recent decades
The long-term future of Great Lakes water levels is cloudy, since climate change is expected to bring competing effects. A 2011 paper by scientists at NOAA Great Lakes Environemental Research Laboratory found that lake levels could rise or fall, depending upon the climate change scenario used. On the one hand, precipitation has increased by 12% over Michigan during the past century, and is expected to increase even more in the coming decades. This would tend to increase lake levels. However, lake water temperatures are predicted to increase and ice cover decrease, which would heighten evaporation rates. This would tend to lower lake levels. Ice cover on North America's Great Lakes--Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario, and Erie--has declined 71% since 1973, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Climate by researchers at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. The loss of ice is due to warming of the lake waters, which could be due to a combination of global warming and natural cycles, the researchers said. Winter air temperatures over the lower Great Lakes increased by about 2.7°F (1.5°C) from 1973 - 2010, and by 4 - 5°F (2.3 - 2.7°C) over the northern Lakes, including Lake Superior. Lake Superior's summer surface water temperature warmed 4.5°F (2.5°C) over the period 1979 - 2006 (Austin and Colman 2007). During the same period, Lake Michigan warmed by about 3.3°F (1.7°C), Lake Huron by 4.3°F (2.4°C), and Lake Erie (which is shallow and loses and gains heat relatively quickly) showed almost no warming. The Army Corps of Engineers is also considering adding speed bumps to the bottom of the St. Clair River to slow down drainage of Lake Huron, which would act to increase water levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.


Figure 3. Average yearly precipitation over the state of Michigan increased by about 12% per century since 1895, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.

References
Austin, J. A., and S. Colman, 2007, "Lake Superior summer water temperatures are increasing more rapidly than regional air temperatures: A positive ice-albedo feedback," Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L06604, doi:10.1029/2006GL029021.

Wang, J., X. Bai, H. Hu, A.H. Clites, M.C. Colton, and B.M. Lofgren, 2012, "Temporal and spatial variability of Great Lakes ice cover, 1973-2010," Journal of Climate 25(4):1318-1329 (DOI:10.1175/2011JCLI4066.1)

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remember today..its the northern gulf coast that gets the bad weather..stay safe folks.............SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
517 AM CST THU FEB 7 2013

...LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS MOVING EAST AFFECTING HANCOCK
COUNTY...HARRISON COUNTY...

AT 514 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS...ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 13 MILES
NORTHEAST OF DIAMONDHEAD TO WAVELAND...MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

THE LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT AREAS IN AND AROUND...
PASS CHRISTIAN...LYMAN...LONG BEACH...GULFPORT AIRPORT...GULFPORT AND
BILOXI

THE PRIMARY THREAT FROM THESE STORMS IS WIND GUSTS TO NEAR 45 MPH...
WHICH COULD DOWN TREE LIMBS AND BLOW AROUND UNSECURED SMALL OBJECTS.
SEEK SHELTER IN A SAFE HOME OR BUILDING UNTIL THESE STORMS HAVE
PASSED.

THESE STORMS COULD PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES IN A
SHORT PERIOD OF TIME...RESULTING IN PONDING OF WATER AROUND LOW LYING
ROADWAYS. REMEMBER...DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO WATER COVERED
ROADWAYS. THE DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW A SAFE CROSSING.

BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK ACTION IF A WARNING IS ISSUED. STAY TUNED
TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR
FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

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...BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...MUCH OF EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AS WELL AS NORTHERN
AND CENTRAL RHODE ISLAND. THIS INCLUDES THE BOSTON TO
PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 18 TO 24 INCHES.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW DEVELOPS BY FRIDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL
INCREASE IN INTENSITY DURING FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST
SNOW WILL OCCUR FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL
FOR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. THE WORST OF THE STORM WILL BE FRIDAY
NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 3 INCHES
PER HOUR POSSIBLE. TRAVEL MAY BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WITH
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.
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574. beell
From small beginnings.

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yes your so right..today get your supplies,meds,food etc and hunker down for this storm...its like a winter tropical storm..some sites say gusts in excess of 60 mph,we all know what that does to the snow huh..piled up on the side of the house up and maybe over the roof gee
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today Patrap in NO gets the bad weather..
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Quoting LargoFl:
in the 1978 blizzard..the two lows joined and boom the blizzard happened...it sure looks like much the same set-up now huh..the two lows meeting and boom..2 feet of snow with high winds..


The '78 blizzard was something else. Yesterday morning I posted a personal funny story from it. But people were caught without medicine when it took so long to dig out. I had friends who used their snowmobiles and worked with authorities to take medicine to people who had ran out. It was a dangerous storm and it looks like this one will be as well. People up there tend to treat blizzards like we do hurricanes in the south. (I grew up in the Catskills.) Wishing everyone involved with this storm stays safe. If friends or family post pictures, I'll repost them here.
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HIGH WIND ADV/HEAVY SNOWFALL WARNING

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Good morning, everyone. Evening, Aussie. A nice 57 degrees with a high of 73 expected. And no rain for three days!

Eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits and orange juice on the sideboard.

Good Evening. I'll add some black pudding and some haggis with a side of French toast to the side board. I could also put a nice big 500grm streak and beef and garlic sausages with fried onions, that's what I had for dinner tonight.
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NYC area...URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
627 AM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...POWERFUL WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT INTO
SATURDAY MORNING...

CTZ005-072100-
/O.CON.KOKX.WS.A.0001.130208T1800Z-130209T1800Z/
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-
627 AM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN FAIRFIELD COUNTY.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...SLEET...FREEZING RAIN...AND STRONG
WINDS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 12 TO 16 INCHES...ALONG
WITH AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* WINDS...NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TIMING...FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION...THE HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG
WINDS COULD RESULT IN NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...BRINGING DOWN
SOME TREE LIMBS...AND CAUSING SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS A LIGHT WINTRY MIX TONIGHT. A LIGHT
GLAZE OF ICE FROM FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE PRIMARILY NEAR THE
MASON-DIXON LINE.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY HAS BEEN POSTED ON FRIDAY FOR THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY SOUTH OF SANDY POINT...INCLUDING THE INLETS...THE
TIDAL PATUXENT RIVER...AND THE MOUTH OF THE POTOMAC RIVER. GALE
WARNINGS LIKELY WILL BE REQUIRED FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY...
FOLLOWED BY SMALL CRAFT ADVISORIES SATURDAY NIGHT.

ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WILL BE LIKELY ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY EVENING.
MINOR INUNDATION OF SENSITIVE LOCATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE NEAR THE
TIME OF HIGH TIDE.

STRONG...GUSTY WINDS...POTENTIALLY IN EXCESS OF 45 MPH... WILL BE
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Winter storm warning
Snowfall warning for
City of Toronto

Significant snowfall of 15 to 25 cm tonight and Friday.

A low will track northeast from Texas to Illinois today then track just south of Lake Erie on Friday.

Snow associated with a trough ahead of this system will start spreading into Southern Ontario from Michigan and Lake Huron today with a couple cm of snow possible by this evening in a swath of regions extending from Lake Huron to Western Lake Ontario.

This low will intensify into a winter storm as it approaches Southern Ontario, with an expanding area of heavy snow expected to move into most of Southern Ontario this evening and parts of Eastern Ontario overnight. The heaviest snow will occur during the Friday morning rush hour along the highway 401 corridor from London to the Greater Toronto area and through the Golden Horseshoe. The snow, heavy at times is expected to continue well into Friday as the strong system passes just south of the Great Lakes. Brisk northeasterly winds will also result in local blowing snow in many areas tonight and Friday.

Many parts of Southern and Eastern Ontario may receive 15 cm to 25 cm of snow from this storm before it ends Friday night. Total snowfall amounts will be lower over areas to the north of Lake Erie due to warmer temperatures giving rain or wet snow at times. The winter storm watch has thus been ended for these regions.

Areas along the western shore of Lake Ontario may receive near 25 cm of snow due to enhancement in the cold easterly flow off of Lake Ontario. Additionally these winds will result in blowing snow which may produce prolonged periods of reduced visibilities. A winter storm warning is thus in effect for these regions.

Travelling conditions will deteriorate and become hazardous in the snow and blowing snow tonight and Friday. There may be a significant impact on the commute to work on Friday morning and possibly Friday afternoon in heavy snow and blowing snow.

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in the 1978 blizzard..the two lows joined and boom the blizzard happened...it sure looks like much the same set-up now huh..the two lows meeting and boom..2 feet of snow with high winds..
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
425 AM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...A POTENTIAL HISTORIC WINTER STORM AND BLIZZARD IS EXPECTED TO
DROP 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION FRIDAY INTO
SATURDAY...

CTZ002>004-071730-
/O.CAN.KBOX.WS.A.0002.130208T1200Z-130209T1800Z/
/O.EXB.KBOX.BZ.A.0001.130208T1800Z-130209T2100Z/
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...PUTNAM...WILLIMANTIC
425 AM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...WINTER STORM WATCH UPGRADED TO A BLIZZARD WATCH...IN EFFECT
FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS UPGRADED A WINTER
STORM WATCH TO A BLIZZARD WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY
AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW WITH POTENTIAL FOR BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 18 TO 24 INCHES.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP FRIDAY MORNING. THE SNOW WILL
INCREASE IN AREAL COVERAGE FRIDAY AFTERNOON...WITH THE HEAVIEST
OCCURRING FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL
FOR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. THE WORST OF THE STORM WILL BE FRIDAY
NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER
HOUR POSSIBLE. TRAVEL MAY BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WITH BLOWING
AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* WINDS...NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR CONSIDERABLE
FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH AND VISIBILITIES BELOW 1/4 MILE FOR AT LEAST
3 HOURS. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE...MAKING TRAVEL
VERY DANGEROUS. BE PREPARED TO ALTER ANY TRAVEL PLANS.

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Quoting VR46L:


Hey It might even break the Tampa Shield and you might get some rain!!


Morning Folks!!
good morning..yes i am hoping we do get some rain here..doesnt look too promising.
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my guess is today is the day folks in the northeast gather their supplies, check on the elderly, make sure they have what they need, meds,food etc..this may be a multiple day blizzard, roads closed etc..and with the nor'easter coming also..maybe high winds.tree limbs down,power outages etc..not going to be one of those no wind, beautiful quiet snow storms huh...stay safe folks..
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Quoting LargoFl:
low as a nor'easter, and the cold low meet in northeast..boom..


Hey It might even break the Tampa Shield and you might get some rain!!


Morning Folks!!
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
627 AM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...POWERFUL WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT INTO
SATURDAY MORNING...

CTZ010>012-072100-
/O.CON.KOKX.BZ.A.0001.130208T1800Z-130209T1800Z/
SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-
627 AM EST THU FEB 7 2013

...BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS...COASTAL PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW...SLEET...AND DAMAGING WINDS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 18 TO 24 INCHES...ALONG
WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.

* WINDS...NORTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...AROUND 30.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS AND HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR FRIDAY
EVENING INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW WILL MAKE FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS. IN ADDITION...THE HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL
RESULT IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...BRINGING DOWN SOME TREE
LIMBS... AND CAUSING SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.
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low as a nor'easter, and the cold low meet in northeast..boom..
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Good morning, everyone. Evening, Aussie. A nice 57 degrees with a high of 73 expected. And no rain for three days!

Eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits and orange juice on the sideboard.
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south florida also,warm and probably dry....
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Nothing for us,warm and hopefully a sprinkle or two..
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....here is the low that is going to be the nor'easter that adds to new englands woes tomorrow and saturday..
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546. whitewabit (Mod)
Looks like the folks north of me have been getting freezing rain/sleet most of the night ..

My current conditions :

Updated: 11 min 24 sec ago
Overcast
35 °F
Overcast
Windchill: 30 °F
Humidity: 89%
Dew Point: 32 °F
Wind: 6 mph from the ESE
Pressure: 30.04 in (Falling)
Visibility: 5.0 miles
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Good Morning Folks! Blogs coffee is perked for when you get here..have a great day everyone
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@StephanieAbrams Stephanie Abrams
Will we crack the top 5 biggest snowstorms in Boston? Very possible

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Quoting OracleDeAtlantis:
Interesting indeed, but not unexpected really. Life is everywhere on the earth.

I wonder how surprised they'll be, whenever the bacteria they're studying, suddenly replace them.

The bacteria are just biding their time, waiting for the thaw.


ha! little aliens eh? :)

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@TropicalTidbits Levi Cowan
Recon plane did a loop around the Gulf of Mexico today, dropping dropsondes ahead of the coming winter storm.

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Quoting TomTaylor:
Water looks nice, hope it's warm too. Water here is in the 50s

Water is a bit cool but a nice and refreshing 70F.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Back from my walk, This is what my local looks like. Stunning


I'll go for a swim later, sun is to hot right now.

Oh and this is my backyard, lol

Water looks nice, hope it's warm too. Water here is in the 50s
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Quoting etxwx:
Bacteria Found Deep Under Ice, Scientists Say, Opening New Antarctic World

By JAMES GORMAN - NYT - February 6, 2013
Excerpt: For the first time, scientists report, they have found bacteria living in the cold and dark deep under the Antarctic ice, a discovery that might advance knowledge of how life could survive on other planets or moons and that offers the first glimpse of a vast ecosystem of microscopic life in underground lakes in Antarctica.

Complete article here.
Interesting indeed, but not unexpected really. Life is everywhere on the earth.

I wonder how surprised they'll be, whenever the bacteria they're studying, suddenly replace them.

The bacteria are just biding their time, waiting for the thaw.
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Pacific Locked in 'La Nada' Limbo02.06.13
 
The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from NASA's Jason-2 satellite shows that the equatorial Pacific Ocean is now in its 10th month of being locked in what some call a neutral, or "La Nada" state. Image credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech/Ocean Surface Topography Team

Sea-surface height data from NASA's Jason-2 satellite show that the equatorial Pacific Ocean is still locked in what some call a neutral, or 'La Nada' state. This condition follows two years of strong, cool-water La Niña events.

A new image, based on the average of 10 days of data centered on Jan. 26, 2013, shows near-normal conditions (depicted in green) across the equatorial Pacific. The image is available at:

http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/images/latestdata/ja son/2013/20130126P.jpg.
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Quoting Astrometeor:


lot of homework, physics test on friday, just got done with the pre-test.


My experience with physics, I started out hating the class because the problem solving was far different than what I was used to, my first test I got an F but I focused hard for the rest of the semester, ended up loving the class and finished with an A average.

Of course most of my major coursework involves calculus and physics, so I was feeling extra horrified of my bad grade to start with.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


Astro...you're up...


lot of homework, physics test on friday, just got done with the pre-test.
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Quoting allancalderini:
Touche.
kori is always like that he is harmless
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