Great Lakes Water LevelsSeptember 27th, 2013 at 1:53 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Here’s a pretty picture from LauriLynn at ReportIt. Check it out full screen. Much of the Great Lakes area is below average for rainfall this month. Grand Rapids officially (airport) has recorded just 1″ of rain for the month, 23% of the Sept. average, Muskegon is at 39% of the Sept. average and Ludington is also at 23% of average rainfall. The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron has started dropping. It’s down 3″ in the last month and is now 20″ below the long-term average. The lake is still up 8″ from one year ago. The Lake Superior basin has had a little more rain this month, and Lake Superior is unchanged in the last month, with a water level 11″ higher than one year ago and just 3″ below the century average. Lake Erie is down 4″ in the last month, but up 9″ in the last year and only 1″ below the long-term average. Lake Ontario dropped 8″ in the last month, but remains 11″ higher than one year ago. Ontario is exactly at the century average. Lake St. Clair is up 11″ since Sept. 2012.
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