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Vertical Water Temperature in Southern Lake Michigan

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Since 1990, GLERL scientists have been measuring temperature in the middle of southern Lake Michigan (at approximately 42.68, -87.07). They’ve been using a vertical chain of instruments that measure temperature from top to bottom. This is one of the longest vertical temperature records in existence anywhere in the Great Lakes, and it reveals some interesting patterns about lake temperature and the seasons. We’ve created a static infographic as well as an interactive chart that allows you to zoom in on the data and get individual measurement values.

Below, check out our infographic explaining seasonal temperature profiles in Lake Michigan.

Click here to interactively explore Lake Michigan temperature data.

Click to see an infographic explaining Lake Michigan temperature data.

Lake Michigan temperature data infographic.

2 thoughts on “Vertical Water Temperature in Southern Lake Michigan

  1. Wonderful! Love the interactive chart. Great dataset.

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  2. the interpolation on this is terrible – it would be far better to use the same brightness for the data and the interpolation, and use the rings to show sampling points. Our brain can not help to see the increased sampling rate as an increase in temperature as it stands..

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