Great Lakes Water LevelsMay 5th, 2012 at 1:40 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Cool picture here of thunderstorms Thursday evening behind the Holland (Big Red) Lighthouse from Tom De Vette. Friday’s report from the Army Corps of Engineers shows that Lake Michigan’s water level was unchanged in the last month. The lake is now down one inch year-to-year. It’s possible that Thursday’s rain will even that out in the next couple weeks. Look at the jump up in the level of the Muskegon River. The lake is 17″ below the century average. Lake Superior is up one inch in the past month and up one inch in the last year. Superior is 13″ below the century average. Lake Erie is down 2″ in the last month and 4″ in the past year. Erie is right at the century average. Lake Ontario is down 2 inches in the past month and down 8″ in the past year. Ontario is now down 4″ from the century average. The Great Lakes buoys are now in place. You can check the air and water temperature at the south Lake Michigan buoy west of Holland, or the north Lake Michigan buoy, northwest of North Manitou Is. Also, the Keewatin – the ship you can see from our camera at the Butler Restaurant sitting in the Kalamazoo River in Douglas, will be leaving for the first time in 40 years. It’s 48 feet across and has to fit through a 50-foot channel. The ship was built in 1907 (105 years ago!).