Lake Michigan Water Level

April 11th, 2013 at 9:01 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

lake michigan glerl wet april day   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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13 Responses to “Lake Michigan Water Level”

  1. V-plow guy says:

    I’ve said from day one that wind turbines are incredibly expensive to build and maintain over time. Very few journalist ( are there any out ther???) have reported the initial cost of one turbine, yearly maintenance costs, (need oil changes!) and blade replacement timelines. Another Gov’t hoax to empty our pockets!

    1. Dan says:

      Is this a joke? Do you honestly believe that a wind turbine has higher maintenance costs than a coal fired power plant? Wind and solar are the future of energy production in the United States. The high initial costs of a turbine are due mostly to the fact that people like you haven’t embraced the technology, so high-volume production savings haven’t been seen yet. Wind and solar have high up front costs, but so does any power plant. These costs are then normalized over the life of the plant, with wind and solar having VERY low maintenance costs. Give some numbers and then I’ll choose whether or not to dispute them. Since you brought it up, it’s your responsibility to fact hunt!

      1. Greg Sobran says:

        What are your maintenance costs for stupidity, Dan?

      2. gdp says:

        The maintencance cost for _one_ wind turbine may not be much,
        but it takes on the order of a _THOUSAND_ wind turbines to equal
        the power of one coal-fired plant — which virtually assures that
        at any given time, a non-negligible percentage of turbines
        on a typical wind-farm wiil be broken. Frequency of breakage
        is directly proportional to number of moving parts —
        and one thousand wind turbines easily have two orders of magnitude
        more moving parts than a 1 GW coal-fired powerplant!

        So you really need to be comparing cost of maintenance per megawatt-hr —
        not per generator.

        Moreover, it is insane to think that extracting large ammounts of power
        from the planetary boundary layer will not have consequences for the climate.
        Wind turbines cause substantial increases in mixing, turbulence, and entropy
        generation in the planetary boundary layer downstream of the turbine,
        effectively increasing the planetary surface friction coefficient
        by more than an order of magnitude. These data have been included
        in a global climate model, and the researchers found that the upper limit
        on maximum extractable wind power is on the order of ~18–34 terawatts,
        with climate consequences comparable to CO2 levels of ~720 ppm —
        i.e., double current levels. For comparison, global average power consumption
        is already at 16 TW, and may be expected to easily double over the next century.
        Hence, wind power cannot possibly meet current let alone projected human power needs,
        and there would be substantial climate consequences if humans were to try to do so.

        For the peer-reviewed open-access publication, see “Estimating maximum global
        land surface wind power extractability and associated climatic consequences,”
        L. M. Miller, F. Gans, and A. Kleidon, _Earth System Dynamics_, vol.2, pp.1-12 (2011),

        See also

  2. Tyler says:

    Hey Bill anymore chances of any snow storms for the rest of the month of April?

  3. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Good news for the lakes since the snow still has to melt up north.

    The wind has really picked up over here.

  4. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    We have an all out blizzard right now in downtown Escanaba! It just started maybe an hour ago and I bet we got an inch or two already. It has been a cold month. I dont think we have hit 50 yet this year where last year we were in the 70′s in March!

  5. mr. negative says:

    Cold now, cold coming, cold here to stay…embrace the glacier development…there is no hope

  6. Marti B (Grandville area) says:

    Ugh, I’m getting sick of this wet weather! Of course, we do need it with the lake, river, streams, creeks, etc levels being so low. Plus we got such a late start at being really winter – with the green Christmas we had in 2012. I do hope it clears up before my 62nd birthday (May 14th). I hope it clears up before your big birthday too Bill! ;)

  7. Tyler (Escanaba) says:

    Rapid city South Dakota got 28.4 inches at the airport there from this snowstorm were getting! I hear North Dakota is supposed to get hit this weekend with a winter storm. I bet we got 3 inches here in Escanaba from this snowstorm. It is still coming down hard right now.

  8. fixxxerswrist says:

    speaking of fish I remember one called wanda master gave me a real work out over that one.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:


  9. Norm Grajek says:

    The weather in Naples florida is very warm, we have some showers and near 90, tired of the cold north

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