polar vortex http://michiganradio.org en Cold temps cover 79 percent of Great Lakes in ice http://michiganradio.org/post/cold-temps-cover-79-percent-great-lakes-ice <p>CHICAGO (AP) - This winter's bitter cold temperatures in the Midwest have covered a stunning 79 percent of the Great Lakes in ice.</p><p></p><p>It's not a record, but it's well above the long-term average of about 51 percent.<br /><br />Lake Michigan is about 63 percent frozen. And the second largest lake in the system, Huron, is about 85 percent covered.</p><p>Lake Erie, at 93 percent, has the most ice cover.<br /><br />The data comes from the <a href="http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/">Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.</a></p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:13:05 +0000 Associated Press 16369 at http://michiganradio.org Cold temps cover 79 percent of Great Lakes in ice Bitter cold forcing Michigan homeless to seek shelter http://michiganradio.org/post/bitter-cold-forcing-michigan-homeless-seek-shelter <p>Life-threatening wind chills are keeping Michigan's homeless shelters full. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he shelters have been at or above capacity for roughly two months.</span></p><p></p><p>Darin Estep is the director of community engagement for <a href="http://www.voami.org/">Volunteers of America</a> in Lansing. He says the ongoing cold is taking a toll.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:07:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 16199 at http://michiganradio.org Bitter cold forcing Michigan homeless to seek shelter BRRR! More frigid air making its way into Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/brrr-more-frigid-air-making-its-way-michigan <p>SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - Another round of frigid air is making its way into Michigan, leaving roads slippery as dangerously cold temperatures are expected in places this week.<br /><br />In suburban Detroit, state police reported multiple crashes on the freeway system.<br /><br />In the Upper Peninsula community of Sault Ste. Marie, it's 5 degrees below zero on Monday morning.<br /><br />A hazardous weather outlook was issued for much of the state, with wind chill readings of 10 to 20 degrees below expected late Monday and early Tuesday in the southern Lower Peninsula.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:36:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 16090 at http://michiganradio.org BRRR! More frigid air making its way into Michigan Ships on Lake Superior battle ice http://michiganradio.org/post/ships-lake-superior-battle-ice <p>SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) Ships using Lake Superior are having a tough time due to the worst build up of ice in decades.</p><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:13:45 +0000 Associated Press 15980 at http://michiganradio.org Ships on Lake Superior battle ice Watch: Thousands of ice balls fill shores of Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-thousands-ice-balls-fill-shores-lake-michigan <p>While temperatures are (finally) starting to climb out of subzeros across Michigan, signs of the so-called polar vortex –&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a low-pressure system that brought arctic temperatures across the country – are still lingering throughout the state.</span></p><p>For instance, boulder-sized ice balls have taken hold of the shores of Lake Michigan. Here’s a video captured on the lake’s coast in Glen Arbor, Michigan:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iupm6VHKoQU">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iupm6VHKoQU</a></p><p>As MLive’s <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/01/lake_michigan_ice_boulders_cov.html">Heidi Fenton reported</a>, the chunks form when large ice sheets break off into smaller pieces of ice. When waves hit the ice sheets, the ice chunks form into perfectly round, frigid spheres, with some estimated to weigh about 75 pounds.</p><p>If temperatures stay low enough, the ice balls – which our webmaster claims look exactly like chocolate truffles he has at home – may continue to grow, AccuWeather.com reported:</p><blockquote><p>"It's possible that the ice is accreting like a snowball or like a hailstone, and that they keep growing," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:49:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15970 at http://michiganradio.org Watch: Thousands of ice balls fill shores of Lake Michigan Lessenberry talks Asian carp, the polar vortex and new Detroit leadership http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-asian-carp-polar-vortex-and-new-detroit-leadership <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley talk about a plan to keep <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-carp-out-great-lakes-could-take-years-and-cost-billions">Asian carp out of the Great Lakes</a>, the polar vortex and what the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-has-new-president">new leadership</a> on Detroit City Council will mean for the city.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:33:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15931 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks Asian carp, the polar vortex and new Detroit leadership Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-extreme-cold-weather-be-tied-warming-climate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The temperatures certainly are extreme. Last night, it was colder in Michigan than it was at the South Pole.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parts of the state saw temperatures reach 16 below zero with wind chills exceeding 40 below zero.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "polar vortex" has brought air to the Midwest that normally stays way up in the arctic.</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:56:38 +0000 Mark Brush 15905 at http://michiganradio.org Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate?