March is the first month of the year where you feel the temperature begin to rise. March guarantees at least a few days above freezing, and is the beginning of the winter thaw.

What makes March unique is the ice cover on Lake Superior. Ice cover has been recorded since 1973. In that time, NOAA data says Lake Superior has frozen over 100% exactly once, which occured March 8, 1996. Since being recorded, Lake Superior reaches an average maximum ice cover of just 50% on March 3.

I began this project in 2019, one of the most wintery winters I’ve ever experienced with Superior reaching over 90% ice cover. The following year, it hardly crossed 20% at its max.

It’s hard to believe the first day of Spring happens in March.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Temperatures

Coldest Sunrise
-17º F
Avg. temp
18º F
Hottest Sunrise
43º F

2019

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Sunrise from Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
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Sunrise from Mouth of the Carp
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Sunrise from Washington Street
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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Sunrise from Lower Harbor Breakwall
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Sunrise from Presque Isle
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
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Sunrise from Black Rocks
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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Sunrise from Founders Landing
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Sunrise from Little Presque Isle
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Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
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Sunrise from Bum's Beach
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Sunrise from Presque Isle
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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Sunrise from Marquette Yacht Club
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Sunrise from Presque Isle Breakwall
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Sunrise from Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
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Sunrise from Picnic Rocks
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Sunrise from Presque Isle
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Sunrise from Bum's Beach
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Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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Sunrise from Shiras Park
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Sunrise from Dead River Basin
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Sunrise from Grand Island Ferry Dock
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Sunrise from Ford Lake
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Sunrise from Riverside Park
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Sunrise from Michigan & Huron
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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2020

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Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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Sunrise from NOAA Station MCGM4
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Sunrise from McCarty's Cove
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Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park
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Sunrise from Shiras Park
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Sunrise from South of Picnic Rocks
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Sunrise from Picnic Rocks
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Sunrise from Bum's Beach
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Sunrise from Presque Isle Breakwall
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