“This winter has been extreme on many levels. All of this will impact the water levels of the Great Lakes,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz said. “We’ve had near-record setting snowfall for many places across the Great Lakes basin."
In an update by the Corps on Wednesday, officials reported that the increased snowfall, along with record ice coverage, have led to what could be a positive trend for the lakes' water levels.
According to Kompoltowicz, Lake Michigan’s average water level for the month of February was 577.26 feet — 13 inches higher than a year ago, but still about 13 inches below the long-term average.
“We have rebounded significantly since setting that record low,” Kompoltowicz said.
Kompoltowicz reported that over the next six months, the lakes is expected to rise another 14 inches. He noted that if the region has a wet, rainy spring like in 2013, that number could be as high as 22 inches.
To read more about this report, see Thursday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.