On The Lake -- Looking Back

Looking back,16 months on Lake Mitchell –Jan. 2018 – Apr. 2019

 

 2018

January 5 & 6  Low temperatures of  -23 and -28.

February 18  - spring warmup – no snow and daytime highs not below freezing  until Mach 6

February 26- Canada geese return, a sign of spring. 

February 27 – Redwinged blackbirds return.

March 26 – Ice goes off Lake Mitchell

April 8  - Record low temperature  -3 degrees, Lakes refreeze for 24 hours.

April 13- 17  - Stormy period – rain then 4-6” of snow.

April 20 – Lake Cadillac refreezes for one day.

April  21 – Spring arrives! 50 and 60 degree temps.

May 24-30 – Hot days - highs range from 85-90.

June 19 -   60.8 acres Eurasian watermilfoil treated in Main Lake/Big Cove

June 20 -   Little and Frankes Coves treated.

July 18 -     Algae harvested in Torenta Canal

June-July  - Lots of hot days. Occasionally 90+ degrees.

August 27 – Big windstorm gusts to 60 mph. Lake Mitchell loses power for 25 hours. Major damage south of M55.

October – Generally a  cold rainy month.

October 6-10  Peak fall color

October 20 - 1st ground cover of snow.

November 18 – Mitchell nearly completely frozen.

November 18 - Caberfae has 2nd earliest opening on record.   

December 12 – Lake is officially frozen.

Mid- Dec. – Jan. 15 -Winter is no-show. No XC skiing/snowmobiling.

 

2019 

January 19 – 31 – COLD!  

January 28-30 – Polar Vortex extreme cold and wind. No mail delivery  1/30. State declares cold emergency.  Nightly lows -17 & -19.

February 24 – Blizzard – Many roads closed

This February was one of snowiest on record. 

March 10 - 24'' of snow on ground. 

March 14 -Canada geese and red winged blackbirds return.

Cadillac Schools closed for 17 days this winter. A  record. Usually about 5.

 


Looking back, 16 months on Lake Mitchell -- January 2017 – April 2018

 

2017

January -February – Warmer than typical winter, very little snowfall in February

February 24 – Ice storm causes 12 hr power outage for much of  Lake Mitchell area.

March 7-8 – High winds, gusts to 45 mph create some power outages. 

March 14 – Last measurable snowfall – ½ inch

March 28 – Ice is off the lake

April 2 – Frog chorus begins, peepers and wood frogs sing out

May 19 – Coves are surveyed

May 25 – Little Cove is treated

May 30 -  Main lake is surveyed

May 31 – Pelican spends day on the lake

June 8 – Main Lake, Franke Coves, Torenta Canal, and Big Cove treated

September 21-26  - Heat records for six days. Highs 87 to 91. 24-27 degrees above normal

October 9 - 19 – Fall colors peak 

October 22-25 – 6 inches of rain in 70 hours

October 31 – First measurable snow – ½ inch

December 5 -High winds – power outages

December 18 – Lake Mitchell freezes

December 25 to January 7 Daytime highs in teens. Lows below zero to single digits.

 

 

2018

January 5 & 6  Low temperatures of  -23 and -28.

February 18  - spring warmup – no snow and daytime highs not below  freezing  until Mach 6

February 26 Canada geese return, a sign of spring. 

March 26 – Ice goes off Lake Mitchell

March 31- April 6  - Three storms drop 10 inches of snow.

April 8  - Record low temperature  -3 degrees, Lakes refreeze for 24 hours.

April 14  - April temperatures averages 10 to16 degrees below normal.

As newsletter goes to press (April 14) spring is still a no-show.  

 

 

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