Lake Michigan Water Level Up 3″

April 18th, 2013 at 7:36 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

lowell flooding bobbinrobin at report it    NOTE:  Mark Walton (Hydrologist for the GRR NWS) has lowered the expected crests on the Grand River a “little bit”.  If anything, with no significant precipitation over the next 3 days, the forecast levels may still be just a touch high.  In any case, significant flooding is occurring.  Watch 24-Hour News 8 for the latest.  I am supposed to do weather at the Grand River by the Ford Museum at 5 and 6 pm.  That will depend on network coverage of the .    Nice sunset for parts of W. Michigan last night. The heavy rain over the past week has boosted the water level of Lake Michigan/Huron by a whopping 3 inches in just the past week.  Since each inch represents 390 billion gallons of water, that’s an increase of 1.17 trillion gallons of water on Lake Michigan in just 7 days!  Most of this increase is rain that fell into the lake (some runoff increase, lower evaporation with the wet weather and there was still a little ice in the Great Lakes – Green Bay is just breaking up now).   Lake Michigan is now 10″ below the water level of one year ago, 24″ below the April average and 6″ above the low water mark of April 1964.  With high to record water levels on rivers in Lower Michigan, the water level should see a nice increase in the next two weeks.    Lake Superior is up one inch in the past month, 4″ below the level of one year ago and 13″ below the April average.  However, with the cold spring, much of the snow along the Lake Superior shore hasn’t melted yet.   Here’s snow depth reports from Thurs. AM:  45″ Hoist Basin (to melt all that snow by May 1, they’d have to melt off 3.5″ per day each day the rest of this month!), 41″ Big Bay, 32″ Marquette Co. Airport and 10 miles south of Grand Marais, 29″ Twin Lakes (see link – plenty of ice left on the lake) and 2 mi ESE of Houghton, 24″ Munising, 16″ Newberry, 12″ Ironwood and 11″ S. Ste Marie.  ALSO, there getting ANOTHER SNOWSTORM in the U.P.  Winter Storm Warnings are out from Marquette Co. west into Minnesota for 6″ or more of snow.  They even say:  “LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 17 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR”.  Wow!  How’s that for the 3rd week of April!

Lake St. Clair is up 9″ in the last month.  Lakes Erie and Ontario are each up 7″ in the last month.  It’s seldom you see increases like that in just a month’s time.  Lake Erie is still 5″ below the average April level and Lake Ontario is 4″ below the April average.  I think those deficits get erased in the next few weeks.    (pic. from “bobbinrobin” at ReportIt)     ADD:  Video of the Rogue River at the Rockford Dam from Stacy N.

45 Responses to “Lake Michigan Water Level Up 3″”

  1. Dan says:

    This’ll help! Now, do we keep adding to the level throughout the

  2. fixxxerswrist says:

    master has the shovel ready were headed to the up i am all healed and ready to go to work.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Your oddly.obsessed with me skot.

      1. Skot says:

        Not me buddy boy. I was at work.

  3. fixxxer says:

    All we need is some sun & heat.

    1. Jim says:

      A dry heat, please!

      1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

        no humidity tho plz!

        1. Ryan (Algoma) says:

          Well well well… couldn’t stay away huh Deb?

  4. Jeff (Portland) says:

    Good to hear Bill. Some positive coming outta all this rain anyhow.

  5. GunLakeDeb says:

    I spent the day chasing “water problems” – and in 24 hours or so, we get to watch it snow….. sigh….. the one good thing is the gorgeous sunset I’m seeing right now!

  6. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

    The wind is definitely picking up here…~15 mph. Beautiful colors in the sky to the west as the sun sets!

    1. fixxxer says:

      It means that cold front is near. Winter returns tomorrow.

    2. timeno says:

      beautiful sunset! (funny how fix can make anything into a reason to complain)

      1. Kevin (Marshall) says:

        No sunset here….just pouring rain.

      2. fixxxer says:

        Id say i have every right to complain this spring.

  7. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    The flooding doesn’t get much worse than this. It’s the race track in Peoria, IL. The track must be right by a river to get flooded this bad…

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yup and hopfully in the near future we get some “warm” fronts.

    2. John (Holland) says:

      What’s with that crazy, skinny little line of rain that goes straight north-south? I never saw anything like that.

      1. Cort S. says:

        The cold front is trying to trigger a line of storms, but it has a lot going against it… such as a lack of instability now. Despite its strength, a skinny line of showers is all that the atmosphere will let it make.

      2. Bnoppe(Albion) says:

        I AM Cold front here me roar! Imagine if we had instabilty

    3. Todd In Nunica says:

      incredible little burst of rain with that line here

  8. Michael (Berrien county) says:

    Pouring rain again down this way right now. Absolutely incredible that the UP gets another monster snow storm! Still skiing up there in May perhaps??

  9. fixxxerswrist says:

    when will it end billy boy we need a break we need to heal we need to work.

    1. fixxxer says:

      If you want to “try” to impresonate me at least get what i say right. Its billy bob, not boy.

  10. Jack says:

    ListeningTO: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood, – YouTube
    ► 5:21► 5:21 ;-)

  11. Jack says:

    They still Gonna Do the Dredging ? Bill . ;-)

  12. fixxxer says:

    The winds a howling tonight. Maybe one day spring will arrive and stick around.

    1. Jack says:

      Yeah, Winds have Really Picked Up in the Last Hr. Or so Here ,as Well. ” HOWLIN”. ;-)

  13. fixxxerswrist says:

    blah just another cloudy day no severe storms now back to 30′s in wyoming, sick of these awful kids to.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Awww, are they sick AGAIN?!

  14. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We’re up to 4.57″ of rain since Wednesday afternoon, 5.39″ since Monday, and roughly 10″ over the past 2 weeks! And it’s still raining here!

    1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

      I’m just glad we live in the high ground of Allegan County, and nowhere near a river!

  15. Jerry hoag says:

    My house is located about 6 blocks to the west of the rail road crossing bridge over the river! And it is looking pretty darn high!! And then the river is close to me on the back corner side too by the old landfill site. Also the Kent Hill trails aren’t to far from me. So who thinks I may get flooded from 3 different sides by the glourious Grand River???? Any takers?????? I am one block east of Butterworth and Garfield, I can see the Coca Cola plant outside my kitchen window. If that helps you out to giving me any ideas. Thanks!!

    Bill??????????? Any ideas to my posting??????

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I’m not familiar with the area so I’m not sure if you will, but I’m sincerely hoping you don’t.

      1. Jerry hoag says:

        Mark thank you for responding to my question here!! Yeah I too myself am praying/wishing for safety but GOD is in control!

    2. Jack says:

      I will be Praying for your Safety Jerry hoag ! In Jesus Name….Amen !

      1. Jerry hoag says:

        Jack AMEN brother!! Thank you for your prayers!! I am going to take a walk a little later today to these areas and see what it looks like and to try to get a understanding of what may happen. Thanks again!

    3. Jerry hoag says:

      Another reference point is, I am about 5 blocks to the south southeast of the John Ball Zoo.

  16. Vicki says:

    Yesterday I was removing the water off the tarp that covers the wood pile and there were mosquito flying around! Hopefully it will get cold enough to freeze and kill them off, otherwise this will be a bad spring/summer for those pest!!!

  17. Judy says:

    Friend of mine on 54th street southeast of Fennville already had recorded nearly 6.5″ of rain in his rain guage as of yesterday about 6pm. There’s far more flooding on 54th street than on 118th, just a couple of miles away. I’ve never seen this much standing water on 54th. Thankfully our trench took the water away from our yard and house to the back of our property in the woods.

    1. Judy says:

      Also….very glad that the rain that was coming north last night went further east….don’t know how much more the back of our property can take.

  18. Jesse (hudsonville) says:

    Where is bc at? Must be that he has nothing to troll about because this won’t support his global warming agenda.

  19. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

    why am i still in moderation i cant post any thing?

    1. Jack says:

      Oh L@@K…A Blast from The Past !!!! Lol… ;-)

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