Great Lakes Water Levels and News

July 31st, 2014 at 8:13 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Lake Michigan Jack Martin Ganges July 31 2014    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 ClevelandBoy meets Coast Guard crew that saved his life on Lake Michigan.   Black sludge on Lake OntarioDivers discover wreck of World War II airplane.  “Bug Derecho!“  Freshwater drum increasing in Lake MichiganInvasive species in the Great Lakes.   Who wants 4.5 million dollars?

19 Responses to “Great Lakes Water Levels and News”

  1. Jack Martin ( Fennville) says:

    Thank You Bill. The Water is pretty cold this early evening here when I took the shot. I also notice how much more depth there is when going into the same spot as I have in recent years. Almost thought I was back in Lake Superior for a minute. That article is certainly wrong. Great to see the Lake Levels Up !

    1. Jack says:

      Thank- You, Mr.Jack Martin for sharing Your Awesome Talent and Pictures with Us All. HERE on Bill’s Blog. I have quite a few of Your Photos saved on My I PAD….Thanks and GOD BLESS…. :-)

  2. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Good news as always. That article is very misleading, not sure why it was written. Saw 3 meteors last night.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Rock on Bill! Keep the facts coming!

  4. Brian(Grandville) says:

    There’s a nice orange crescent moon out there right now.

  5. Mr. Negative says:

    ADA – Faint flashes from the NW..

  6. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Looking forward to some night rain. Nice to listen to when reading

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Bill minor typo: ‘The lake is up 2″ in the last year and up a spectacular 15″ in the last year…’
      I didn’t catch it for a second and thought the lake only rose 2 inches in the past year.

      1. Any good books on weather picked out tonight? Or are you more into the chapter variety books?

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Reading the boring US History book for test out ;)

  7. Fred G says:

    Bill – that article contains the phrase “climate change” no less then 5 times. That’s all you need to know!

  8. Anita says:

    Thumbs up time a million to the pothole comment. Where I live we aim for the smaller ones to avoid the larger car crushing ones.

  9. INDY says:

    Bill it’s nice to say hellooo to u at a good time on your blog when u have no fixer being a mixer with his brothers of fake others… Love the cool weather keep it coming as I am sprite summing humming …Bring on the snow lets Blizzard roll INDYY!!!!!

    1. Jack says:

      Blizzard ROLL…..” Ted Nugent ” STYLE ……CUE ::: Michigan Blizzard of ’78 – YouTube
      ► 8:34► 8:34 Crank it UP,,,,and Dream of BLIZZARDS…..LOL….INDY stay CUEDD,,,, ;-)

  10. Nick says:

    Is there any lightning out tonight, because I keep seeing flashes in the sky that look like lightning

  11. Jack says:

    Hope the Sky’s are Clear around 2:55 am FRYday MOANIN , for a 4minute ISS Flyover ::: Fri Aug 1, 2:55 AM 4 min 18° 14 above NNW 10 above NE  
    I’ll be Looking for Meteors again ….2-nite as WELL, so Stay CUEDD.. ;-)

  12. Jack says:

    Photo of The day from The Aurora Borealis Home Page,,,, HERE :: Beautiful !!! :-)

  13. Dave Rozelle says:

    My questions for you this time is in the same keeping with your story. A few weeks ago, I believe it was on ABC Radio News ran a story that the “World” temp. was way up just about everywhere. I find it hard to believe in that the winter that not only we had but being a “Global Warming” skeptic I try to follow what is going around weather wise throughout the world. I seem to remember severe winter weather around the world was the norm throughout that period. What is your opinion on this?

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