With Lake Michigan glazed over 80 percent of its surface, and the ice shelf extending anywhere from four to 16 miles offshore from West Michigan, Storm Team 8's Kyle Underwood told The Justin Barclay Show on WOOD Radio Tuesday morning that the big lake will require more time to melt. But, he says, that's not just because there are huge ice cubes out there. "That has a marginal effect," he said.
What will slow down the melt down is the fact that all that ice is reflecting sunlight back into space, instead of absorbing the heat. He's not entirely sure, but thinks that the slower warm-up might give you another week, or maybe two, to get the boat ready this spring.
The snowiest winter of all time in Grand Rapids was the winter of 1951-52 with 132 inches of total snowfall. We are just at 101.3 inches today in Grand Rapids, where the official National Weather Service office keeps the records.
Muskegon's lakeshore measured 120.7 inches after the storm left us this morning.
Underwood says the second-deepest snowfall on record, going back to 1870, was at 105 inches, which gives us a very good chance to pass that mark.
But what does it mean for our summer vacation? Underwood says, "There's not a clear pattern emerging that a cold, cold winter with this kind of snow will necessarily mean a cold summer."
He's hoping we may eke out a "postcard Michigan summer."