Weekly Great Lakes Water LevelsAugust 16th, 2013 at 1:59 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Lake Michigan at Charlevoix – picture by the brilliant lawyer, Michelle Olin (aka Daughter #3). Click the pic. to enlarge. After a spectacular rise in water levels through the spring and much of the summer, the dry pattern has started to bring water levels back down a little (typical of late summer). Lake Michigan/Huron is down one inch in the past week, but still up 3″ year-to-year. The level is 19″ below the century average. Lake Superior also dropped an inch last week, but remains 6″ above the level of one year ago and just 4″ below the long-term average. Lake Erie is down 3″ in the last month, but is still up 9″ year-to-year and is one inch above the century average. Lake Ontario dropped 6″ in the last month, but is up 13″ from one year ago. Ontario is 5″ above the long-term average. Nearshore water temperatures have been cool and that has kept air temperatures cooler near Lake Michigan. Muskegon hasn’t been up to 80 degrees since July 22nd.
Also: Michigan’s the Lighthouse State! Purple mud in White Lake. Tall ship visits Muskegon (unexpectedly). Finally, a local Canadian newspaper with an up-to-date, factually correct report on lake levels.