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 where he was VP of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Co. He was an editor at the RKO Radio Network in New York, and WHDH Radio in Boston. He is the founder of the MPR News’ website. He is a private pilot and flies an airplane he built.