Great Lakes Water Levels and NewsJuly 31st, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Picture of Lake Michigan near Ganges this (Thurs.) evening from Jack Martin. The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron (one lake for lake-level purposes) is now only 3″ from the long-term average. The lake is up 2″ in the last month and up a spectacular 15″ in the last year (that’s 5.85 TRILLION gallons of water added to the lake in just 12 months!). The lake is now 28″ above the lowest August level set in 1964. Lake Superior is also up 2″ in the last month and is now 6″ ABOVE the long-term average. Superior is up 9″ year-to-year. Lake Superior is now 26″ higher than it was in August 2007! It’s also only 7″ below the highest level ever measured in the month of August (in 1952). Lake Erie is up 2″ year-to-year and is now 5″ above the long-term average. Lake Ontario is also up 2″ in the past year and the lake is now 6″ higher than the long-term average. Lake St. Clair is up 9″ year-to-year and 5″ above the century average. The flow of water out of Lake Superior down the St. Mary’s River will remain above average into early September.
OK – you’ve read the latest lake levels – out every Thursday by the Army Corps of Engineers on the web, easy to find…so WHY do we continue to get stories like this? Look at the date – the article was published on June 26, 2014 – about a month ago. The article says: “Low water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River could result in severe economic fallout for the region, totalling more than $19.3 billion by 2050, according to a new report. The basin has experienced the longest extended period of low water levels since the U.S. and Canada began tracking it in 1918.” Maybe it’s time that we take the money we give to Mowat Centre and Council of the Great Lakes Region for studies like this and instead put it toward filling potholes! The South Bend Tribune gets the story right.
Also: Cruise ships in Cleveland? Boy meets Coast Guard crew that saved his life on Lake Michigan. Black sludge on Lake Ontario. Divers discover wreck of World War II airplane. “Bug Derecho!“ Freshwater drum increasing in Lake Michigan. Invasive species in the Great Lakes. Who wants 4.5 million dollars?