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Historical Lake Erie Water Temperatures

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The Lake Erie water temperature is taken at the Buffalo Water Treatment Plant located on Lake Erie at the entrance to the Niagara River.  The reading is taken at a depth of 30 feet.

Lake Erie temperature updated : July 22, 2014

Latest Lake Erie Temperature


The Lake Ontario water temperature is taken at the Monroe county water treatment plant near Greece, N.Y. The temperatures is measured at the intake pipes about 1500 feet offshore at a approximate depth of 35 feet. The Lake Ontario temperature occasionally may not be representative of the surface temperature due to upwelling. This process, more common during the summer months, brings colder water from the deeper parts of the lake toward the surface near the temperature sensor. The surface water may be significantly warmer. 

Lake Ontario temperature updated : July 22, 2014

Latest Lake Ontario Temperature


Great Lakes ice cover and water temperature information measured by satellite can be obtained at the Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory site. 


Lake Erie Daily Min, Max and Average Temperatures


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