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 retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.