Lake Superior water levels are near record levels for this time of the year. That’s a far cry from three years ago when record-low levels were causing some consternation.
But, judging by some non-scientific photography, it’s hard to tell the difference.
Here’s MPR reporter Bob Kelleher’s picture that he took in 2006.
And here’s a picture he took from roughly the same spot in Duluth today.
The crooked old pilings in both allow some point of reference for both.
Superior has always confounded those who try to figure out what the long-term implication is at any particular moment. In 2007, the water temperature was heating up. Then last summer, it plunged.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.