This past year has thrown into focus just how important water levels of the Great Lakes can be to life onshore.

Levels for the Great Lakes have been dancing around record highs for much of this year. Storms coming onshore over this year’s elevated lakes caused rapid erosion that threatened homes. Drownings were up 50 percent across the Great Lakes through parts of this year, in part, because of elevated lake levels. As Lakes Michigan and Huron slide up toward the record again, it’s important to note that lake level uncertainty could be a feature of onshore life well into the future.

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evensteven

1986 the lake was higher,coldest november in recent history in mich??

KennysOnlineID

While that is true based on what I googled, it doesn't change the fact that this article is about fluctuating levels and how the extremes of one or the other (high levels or low levels) are causing problems. So I guess I don't see the relevancy of the comment.

BigRicky

Interesting article from 2013 about the record low levels. What a difference 6 years makes

http://archive.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/does-lake-michigans-record-low-water-level-mark-beginning-of-new-era-for-great-lakes-216429601.html/

Vladtheimp

Thank you for this fact-filled, informative lecture on the future of the Great Lakes:

Lake levels may be higher or lower, depending on precipitation and evaporation, which may be higher or lower, depending on temperatures, which may be hotter or colder depending on nature. Welcome to the apparently newly discovered phenomenon of weather.

But, although long-term forecasts of Great Lakes levels by so-called climate scientists are unreliable, ’current climate models’ published in the 2014 Third Climate Assessment predicts more precipitation, but the 2018 Fourth Climate Assessment predicts lake levels will drop.

I am positive that this article accurately reflects the current science behind Global Warming (Oh, sorry. One of the climate assessments apparently decided to change the name to Climate Change). At least to my knowledge no chickens were killed so their entrails could be read to predict the future of our Great Lakes. . . .

MOONDOG

Aquatic Voodoo Vlad,it's all decided by Aquatic Voodoo.

Vladtheimp

Hey Moon – long time. Your description of Aquatic Voodoo produced images of the undead wandering the shoreline to the pier, eyes bulging out, clothes in tatters, accosting the residents with chants of erosion, flooding, evaporation, ice, extreme heat, storms, pestilence, Sims, carbon, repent and give us more money, and then retreating to the mold infested basements of the Chinook Pier.

Then Aquaman spritzed them with Holy Water and they fizzled into the atmosphere, contributing to the problem. Thanks buddy!

Vladtheimp

My first reply somehow got cut - second try

Hey Moon – long time. Your description of Aquatic Voodoo produced images of the undead wandering the shoreline to the pier, eyes bulging out, clothes in tatters, accosting the residents with chants of erosion, flooding, evaporation, ice, extreme heat, storms, pestilence, Sims, carbon, repent and give us more money, and then retreating to the mold infested basements of the Chinook Pier.

Then Aquaman spritzed them with Holy Water and they fizzled into the atmosphere, contributing to the problem. Thanks buddy!

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