|Ice cover on the Great Lakes as of May 6, 2014.|
Credit: NOAA GLERL
There is also still snow on the ground in the Arrowhead of Minnesota and along the northern edge of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, particularly in the forested areas.
The average date of last ice (10 percent) is usually from mid March into April for most of the lakes, so last ice is significantly later this year.
At the start of May, Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron had two to three times as much ice as they did on the same date in 1979, the season with the greatest ice coverage. It's possible there still could be ice on Lake Superior in June given the current amount of 34 percent.
|The view looking west over Copper Harbor, MI on the Keeweenaw Peninsula. |
Credit: Northwoods Cam Network
|Maximum temperatures for May 6, 2014|
The unseasonably high heat and tinder-dry conditions from the Extreme drought have resulted in extreme fire danger for parts of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas. A wildfire broke out this past weekend near Guthrie, Oklahoma, and another broke out yesterday in Woodward, Oklahoma.The fires have already prompted thousands of evacuations and resulted in one death.
|Fire Weather outlook issued by the Storm Prediction Center.|