Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan research has shown. Even with the significant ice coverage this year. Lake Michigan is near normal to a bit above average this year, Superior has more ice than in the last six years. The U.S. December – Feb temp was 0.58 degrees above normal even though parts of the Midwest were quite cool, the rest of the country was not. January-February 2009 was the driest, first two month-period in the 1895-2009 period of record.