Great Lakes Water Levels

March 22nd, 2013 at 7:19 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Lake Michigan sunset splash   Sunset Splash on a windy, March evening at Holland.  (picture from Beach Bum Joe at ReportIt).  See it full screen.   Some good news.  The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron is up 2″ in the last month.  The level is still down 13″ year-to-year, but it’s now 4″ above the lowest March level, which was recorded in 1964.  The lake level is 25″ below the century average (a one-inch improvement from last month).  Here’s precipitation above average since Jan. 1:  Grand Rapids +2.44″, Lansing +1.65″, Kalamazoo 0.46″, Alpena 1.54″, Houghton Lake 2.51″, Detroit 1.39″, Flint 1.85″, Milwaukee +2.93″, Green Bay +3.01″.  Lake Superior is down 1″ in the last month, but that should reverse as the very deep snow cover (39″ near Houghton and Marquette and 58″ south of Grand Marais) melts.  Lake Superior is one inch higher than one year ago.  Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are both up 2″ in the last month.  Lake Erie is 7″ below average and Lake Ontario is 4″ below the century average.  If you haven’t read this article about the effect of dredging the St. Clair River on the water level of Lake Michigan/Huron, please take the time to read it.

Also, today is World Water Day.   I salute the Rotary Clubs for their great effort to provide clean drinking water to millions around the world.  Gov. Snyder will sign a bill appropriating 21 million dollars for 49 dredging projects around the state.  Here’s pictures of Michigan lighthouses in winterSurf’s up!

10 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels”

  1. Dan says:

    The Spring rains will help, just a little bit!

  2. Jack says:

    BEAUTIFULL..PIC. Beach Bum JOE ! Also Great News, on Water Levels Going UP ! Question on The Dredging ? Will that. Help or Hurt ? Did some Reading but It Didn’t Really answer my QUESTION. Anyone ? StAy Cued ! Tx’s ;-)

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I think the new dredging plan makes sense: they are going to make sure that money collected in marine taxes goes for marine maintenance.

      There had been rumors a few months ago, that the State was going to require watercraft registration for ALL boats (kayaks/canoes/paddleboats, etc) and use that money for dredging. There was just something intrinsically *wrong* with taxing a canoe so a yacht could enter a harbor….LOL!!!

      Granted, we’re lucky in Michigan, to NOT have to pay watercraft registration on human-powered boats under 16′. Given the popularity of kayaking – I’m sure we WILL be taxed, at some point. I just hope that extra income will be used to maintain/improve the places that paddlers actually use.

  3. Nathan says:

    Whoa cool picture!!

      1. Jack says:

        Thanks 4 The Link Nathan !!!



  5. ~Sherry~(Comstock Park) says:

    Beautiful photo Bill!!

  6. Skot says:

    fixxxer begged me to speak on his behalf and tell everyone, He moved to Death Valley Arizona.

  7. Weatherwatcher604 says:

    Absolutely Awesome picure, Beach Bum!

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