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Great Lakes still over half covered with ice

Cold weather records continue to be broken as total ice coverage on the Great Lakes is still over 50%.

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Scott Olson, Getty Images
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Temperature Swings Create Big Changes in Great Lakes Ice Coverage

After hitting a seasonal high of 88.4% ice coverage over a week ago, ice on the Great Lakes melted quickly following warmer temperatures and rain.

Now ice coverage is climbing again.

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Category: Michigan News, Weather Tags: ,
Jeremy Joswick/Michigan DNR
Jeremy Joswick/Michigan DNR
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Icy Michigan Winter Confusing Waterfowl – How You Can Help

Ice cover on the Great Lakes is confusing some waterfowl and causing them to become stranded.

Learn what you can do to help.

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Scott Olson, Getty Images
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Watch Animation of Great Lakes Ice Coverage Over Last 30 Days

Great Lakes ice coverage was measured at 80.4% on February 11.

That number has been growing quickly over the past 30 days.

See just how quickly with an animated graphic.

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Category: Michigan News, Weather Tags: ,
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Ice Cover Could Lead to Increased Water Levels on Lake Michigan

The cold and snow we've seen this winter could be good news for water levels on Lake Michigan.

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Mark Jankoviak
Mark Jankoviak
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Icy Waters Lead to Collision on Great Lakes [Photos]

Our cold winter has brought ice to the Great Lakes and made travel difficult for ships.

On Sunday morning, that ice lead to a collision between a United States Coast Guard cutter and a freighter, damaging both vessels.

Learn about the collision, which took place west of the Straits of Mackinac, and see pictures taken from a ship which was near the accident.

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laudu, flickr
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Great Lakes’ Water Levels Up, But Still Behind Last Year

It's good news/bad news for water levels on the Great Lakes.

All of the Great Lakes are seeing a rise in water level, but only one is higher than it was at this time last year.

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Kevin Dooley, Flickr
Kevin Dooley, Flickr
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Water Levels Rising On Great Lakes

After all of the rain and flooding in West Michigan, it should come as no surprise that water levels on the Great Lakes are rising.

That's good news.

The bad news - it might not last.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum “History of Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes”

There is a very cool exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, if you haven't seen it, Great Lakes Shipwrecks.  And, this Saturday, January 19th, the Museum is presenting “Beneath the Waves: History of Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.” You'll be able to learn about specific Great Lakes maritime disasters highlighted in the Museum's Great Lakes Shipwrecks exhibition with Bill Helmholdt, who will also discuss the model ships on display in the exhibit.

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Kevin Dooley, Flickr
Kevin Dooley, Flickr
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Lake Michigan And Lake Huron Water Levels Hit Record Low, Effect Economy

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have reached record low water levels this winter.

The effects of low water levels are many and include making a negative impact on local economies.

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flickr/ puliarf
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Great Lakes Ship Wrecks Opens in Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Great Lakes are so vast, so beautiful, and hold so many mysteries.  There are stories of storms, shipwrecks, and more tails of a few hundred years.

Tens of thousands of vessels lie wrecked on the bottom of the Great Lakes. Some shipwrecks are of natural causes – like storms or rocky shoals – while others are due to human error.

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Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
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Happy 4th Of July BUT Great Lakes Beaches & Water Quality Not So Good

4th of July weekend is coming up this weekend, and if you plan on heading to one of the many beaches, there are a few things you should probably know.  The Natural Resources Defense Council says that people really do need to take a look at their beach's water quality

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