State Climate Expert Predicts Cool Temperatures This Summer

Thursday, May 8, 2014

By David Cassleman

State Climatologist Jeff Andresen says lower summer temperatures are linked historically to cold winters.

And he says Michigan is coming off an especially harsh one.

“In the coldest winters that we’ve seen in the Great Lakes … more often than not the following summer turns out to be cooler than normal. There also is a correlation between the amount of ice cover on the Great Lakes and temperatures then the following … at least the following spring and summer. And of course this year both of those were almost off the charts.”

Andresen says ice still covers parts of the northern Great Lakes.

He says Michigan hasn’t experienced a winter as cold as last year for more than one hundred years.