It’s not difficult for Norm Pestka to picture what used to be here.
After all, the land that’s now underwater was dry just a few months ago.
“It’s been fine here for years. They lost 45 feet in one storm. The beach was out there, literally,” Pestka said, motioning to a patch of Lake Superior now submerged.
Pestka is standing on private land just outside Ontonagon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lake Superior stretches out before him. It’s mostly open water, save for some ice, snow, and floating ice chunks near the shore.