Water levels improving

Those who follow water levels on the Great Lakes have received a wave of good news.
Alex Doty
Jul 18, 2014

After setting record low numbers more than a year ago, experts say lake levels have rebounded.

“We’re doing pretty good,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Area Engineer Tom O’Bryan said. “We’re up a foot and a half from our low in January.”

Average lake levels for June show Lake Michigan at 578.67 feet, a tick below the lake’s long-term average of 578.77 feet.

According to the Corps of Engineers’ July report, the Great Lakes region experienced above-average precipitation in June. The Lake Michigan area saw precipitation that was more than 25 percent above normal.

Compared to this time last year, Lake Michigan is about 14 inches higher. The lake is expected to rise another inch over the next month.

“To peak that high is a pretty good peak,” O’Bryan said. “It’s very possible we could come above our long-term average.”

Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, also noted improved conditions.

“The current official projections show that, by next winter, water levels will converge (with monthly averages),” he said. “The last time average monthly water levels exceeded the average for a particular month was in 1998.”

For more than a decade, levels have been well below what’s normal.

“The thing we’re trying to tell the public is water levels on (the Great Lakes) have been persistently low for 15 years,” Gronewald said. “We’re very curious if this cold winter will reset the system and enter a whole new regime where water levels are near their average.”

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Comments

TheBee

A "wave" of good news! Oh, that is delicious!

TheBee

Cuz it's about water!

TheBee

And there are waves in the water!

Wolverine49457

We would also have accepted "A flood of good tidings"

SLNativeSince1864

Ha! I catch your drift!

Walleyeslayer

This thread is all washed up, time to take it up stream.

ipml

We were up at old mission lighthouse (t.c.) last July and could walk 80yards out without getting wet...last week we were up there and it was knee deep at the same spot! Yaya

Boycotter

Water levels are rising thanks to Al Gores melting icebergs . . .

SLNativeSince1864

Ha, I did knot sea that coming!

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