Lake Michigan Water LevelApril 11th, 2013 at 9:01 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
This picture is a grab from the GLERL webcam at Muskegon from Thurs. evening. A lot of people are asking whether this rain will have an effect on the water level of Lake Michigan. The answer is yes. The Thursday reading shows that the water level of Lake Michigan/Huron is already up one inch in the past week. It’s up 2″ in the last month, but it’s still down 13″ from one year ago. The lake remains 27″ below the long-term average, but is now 3″ higher than the level of April 1964. The rains have brought smaller creeks and rivers to bankfull and larger rivers have seen significant highs. The Grand Rapids is expected to exceed the flood stage of 12 feet in Comstock Park. The Chippewa River in Mt. Pleasant, the Muskegon River at Croton and the White River at Montague are close to flood stage. The Rogue River in Rockford has gone up 2.8 feet this week at the gauge. It has a flow of 1210 cfs compared to a median flow of 338 cfs. You can check river levels here. Lake Superior is unchanged in the last month and is down 3″ in the past year. That 3″ should be made up as the snow melts (they actually have MORE snow in parts of the U.P. than they had in March!! – and it’s snowing up there today!!). Lake Superior is 14″ below the long-term average. Lake Erie is up 2″ in the last month and Lake Ontario is up 3″ in the last month.
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