The most likely time to spot lightning on Lake Superior is between the third week of June and the second week of August, says Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Marquette. Read more


Second Place, 11th Annual Photo Contest

David L. Kohne

Lightning is a powerful subject, as these photographers showed in their entries from past Lake Superior photo contests. Read more

Natural World

The Lake Is Boss: Returning a Little Wiser from an Apostle Islands Paddle

Benjamin Alva Polley

Quickly I understood this was not like any other water we’d paddled. Miles from shore, if you capsize you can’t just swim to safety. Read more


French Duo Bikes Lake Superior's South Shore on Transcontinental Trip

We spoke with two French bicyclists, Maëva Barbaud and Caroline Labrunye, after they'd traversed Lake Superior's South Shore, part of a summer-long ride from Montreal to Vancouver. Read more

Jun 5, 2015 12:21 PM Superior Notes

Duluth Waterfront

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Duluth Breaks Record Streak of Subzero Days

If it’s going to be this cold for this long, we might as well break a record. On Tuesday, Duluth set a new one with its 23rd consecutive day with a subzero low. The good news? The streak may end Wednesday. Read more

Feb 10, 2014 10:54 AM Superior Notes

Ice Cover: Feb. 7, 2014


Lake Superior Ice Cover Tops 90 Percent

Ice cover on Lake Superior reached 92.4 percent this morning, a visual reminder of what we can all feel: It's been a brutal winter, at least compared to recent years. Read more

Feb 7, 2014 10:56 AM Superior Notes 1 Comments

Ice on Lake Superior: Jan. 22, 2014


Western Lake Superior Nearly Frozen Over

More than half of Lake Superior is now frozen over – reaching 50.9 percent ice cover – and there's still plenty of winter left this year to further boost that number. Read more

Jan 22, 2014 9:53 AM Superior Notes 2 Comments

After a three-day snowstorm to kick off the month, Duluth has already topped its usual December total by nearly 6 inches. And the 23.3 inches measured at the airport is more than a quarter of Duluth's typical snowfall total for the entire season. Read more

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The second wave of a major winter storm could drop 10 to 18 inches of additional snow on the western Lake region by Thursday, bringing the week's total to nearly 40 inches in some areas. Read more

Weather News

December 2013 Winter Storm Projection

A storm that may evolve into an all-out blizzard will deliver snow, slippery roads, increasing wind and reduced visibility, and will create treacherous travel conditions across the Upper Midwest during the week of Dec. 2. Read more

Weather News

Around the Circle This Week: A Supposedly Fun Thing

Winter strikes again, forcing Wisconsin's governor to postpone his trip to Cable for the fishing opener; the Great Lakes' dredging crisis; a supposedly fun thing one man will never do again; ice persists on Chequamegon Bay; and upcoming events. Read more

May 3, 2013 3:59 PM Superior Notes

The One That Got Away

Wisconsin’s annual Governor’s Fishing Opener will go on without the governor. The snowstorm that pummeled northern Wisconsin this week – and the forecasts calling for more snow and freezing rain – forced Gov. Scott Walker to postpone his trip. Read more

May 3, 2013 12:19 PM Superior Notes

Snow and high winds batter the region; Duluth sets a record for April snowfall; Visit Duluth announces more day sail tickets for Tall Ships 2013; the Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway opens; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Around the Circle This Week

Stormy Lake

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Ahead of an April snowstorm, wind gusts in Duluth topped 60 mph, creating huge waves on the Lake. Lake Superior Magazine's intrepid Paul Hayden braved the elements to capture this footage from Minnesota's near North Shore and Duluth. Read more

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Around the Circle This Week: That's a Wrap

The shipping season comes to a close; poor trail conditions force the postponement of the Beargrease; a new climate report predicts major changes in the Midwest; a divisively titled movie prepares to film in Duluth in Feb.; and a peek at next week. Read more

Jan 18, 2013 4:32 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Busy Beavers

Beaver news from Grand Marais, Minnesota; Bentleyville to stay in Duluth through 2015; a winter storm wallops the south shore of the Lake; a new app shows off the shoreline of the Upper Peninsula; and a look at the week ahead. Read more

Dec 21, 2012 5:16 PM Superior Notes



From Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," Christmas is portrayed as a snowy time. For the Lake Superior region, it almost certainly will be. Read more

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Around the Circle This Week: Giving Thanks

The U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving (and this writer cooks his first turkey); winter finally arrives; Lake Superior Magazine's Outlet Store preps for Small Business Saturday; a local honey company raises $6,000; and LoonWatch seeks award proposals. Read more

Nov 23, 2012 4:21 PM Superior Notes


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Around the Circle This Week: Tens of Millions

The rebuilding continues in Wawa, Ontario, after last week's devastating flooding; Hurricane Sandy stirred up the Great Lakes; a University of Minnesota Duluth professor debuts a play in Washington, D.C.; and a look at the week ahead. Read more

Nov 2, 2012 2:54 PM Superior Notes

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Hurricane Sandy and Lake Superior: Wind and Rain Coming

Lake Superior is hundreds of miles from the Atlantic, but our region will still feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy this week. Expect rain and 45-mph winds on the Lake's eastern end. Read more

Oct 29, 2012 3:36 PM Superior Notes

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