Great Lakes Water LevelsJune 14th, 2013 at 3:15 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Another great pic. from Jack Martin showing Thursday’s bright blue sky. Click on the image or click here to enlarge. The water level of Lake Michigan(Huron) is up another inch. We are now back to the same level we were at one year ago. The lake is up 5″ in the last month (each inch is 390 billion gallons of water) and 11″ above the lowest June level of 1964. We’re still 19″ below the long-term average level. Lake Superior continues to add water. Superior is up 7″ in the last month and is now 4″ higher than one year ago. Lake Superior had the second biggest monthly increase in water level ever earlier this spring and is now just 7″ from the long-term average level. Lake Erie is up 5″ in the last month and is now at the same level as one year ago. Erie is 4″ below the century average. Lake Ontario is on the plus side on all counts. Ontario is up a whopping 9″ in just the last month. It’s 7″ higher than one year ago and 2″ above the long-term average.
Rainfall from the storms Weds. PM/Night: 4.85″ Diamondale, 4.1″ west of Wayland, 3.92″ near Lansing, 3.75″ Middleville (thru 1 AM – it was still raining there), 3.31″ Hopkins, 3.07 E. Lansing, 2.97″ Grand Ledge, 2.87″ Dorr, 2.83″ Hastings, 2.42″ Holland, 2.37″ Freeport. 35,000 customers lost power, mainly due to strong wind and mainly in Van Buren, S. Allegan and Barry Counties. Winds hit 74 mph on the S. Haven beach. The water level on the Grand River at Lansing went up 6 feet in less than 12-hours with the rain. Both the Macatawa River at Zeeland and the Rabbit River at Hopkins rose nearly five feet. Early Friday AM, the crest on the Grand River was just east of Ionia, where the flow of water was more than 3 1/2 times average flow for June 14. In downtown Grand Rapids, the river is up about 2 feet (and rising) and is approaching double average flow. The recent rains will likely bump up the water level of Lake Michigan another inch in the next 10 days. Michigan river levels here.