The board hosted its annual public teleconference on Wednesday. It announced that Great Lakes levels aren’t expected to be going up anytime soon.
“We expect Lakes Michigan and Huron to remain below their long-term average over the next six months, but remain above (their) record low,” said Col. Bob Peterson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
According to the latest forecast by the Corps of Engineers, Lakes Michigan and Huron water levels are about 3 inches above their levels of a year ago. Over the next month, the two lakes are each expected to fall 1 inch.
“Lakes Michigan and Huron are in their longest stretch of below-average levels since 1918,” Peterson said.
Officials began recording Great Lakes levels in 1918.
Lake Superior, which flows into Lakes Michigan and Huron, isn’t going to be faring any better, experts say.
“We expect Lake Superior to remain behind its long-term average over the next six months,” Peterson said. “Lake Superior is (also) in its longest stretch of below-average levels since we started keeping records in 1918.”
According to Corps of Engineers officials, lake levels are influenced by several factors — inflow such as precipitation and runoff, as well as outflow such as evaporation and flow to other bodies of water.
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