MLive.com reports that the Great Lakes water temperatures are overall a few degrees warmer this year than last year. If that sustains, sounds like the weather won't be as cold this winter as a result. Yay!

Check out the two maps comparing last year's temps to this year's; interesting that the warmer surface temps extended a good deal north of Muskegon last year, while those do seem a bit cooler than this time last year.

SO looking forward to dipping my toes into Lake Michigan SOON! Always love to see your pics of Michigan's spectacular beauty, whether it's your vacation or just something gorgeous you see on the way to work.