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Late ice draws sightseers to Lake Superior beaches

 

Associated Press

IN THIS photo taken on Tuesday a paddle boarder moves past a large piece of ice in Lake Superior in Marquette, Mich. The warmest temperatures of the year sent people to the Lake Superior shoreline, where small icebergs were abundant in the water, the final vestige of a bitterly cold winter.

MARQUETTE (AP) - The record-setting cold that gripped Michigan last winter continues to leave its mark, with ice floes showing up on the shore of Lake Superior over the warm Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Some of the warmest temperatures of the year drew people to the beach in the Upper Peninsula, where they found abundant ice floating just off shore at Marquette.

Pat Black is executive director of the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau and says the ice has "become kind of a tourist thing."

Black tells The Mining Journal that people have been turning out to get a look at a phenomenon they "won't see again anytime soon."

National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Fleegal says ice this late on the lake only happens once every 15 to 20 years.