Click on the picture to enlarge. This is the Lake Michigan shoreline, showing the higher water levels eroding the edge of the dunes. The water level of Lake Michigan/Huron is up one inch in the past month (at a time when the lake level is more apt to go down a couple inches). The lake is up 22″ in the last year and is now 8″ higher than the long-term average for November. The highest water level ever in November on Lake Michigan/Huron was in November 1986 and the lowest level ever in November was in 1964. Lake Superior is down one inch in the last month. However, Superior is up 11″ year-to-year and is now 9″ higher than the November century average. Lake Erie is down 2″ in the last month, up 7″ in the last year and is now 8″ higher than the long-term average. Lake Ontario is down 5″ in the last month and year-to-year and is now 1″ below the century average. Lake St. Clair is down 1″ in the last month, but up an even foot in the past year and is 9″ above the long-term average. The flow out of Lake Superior down the St. Mary’s River into Lake Huron continues well above average. The outflow form Lake Huron into Lake Erie through the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers is above average. The flow out of Lake Erie down the Niagara River is also above average. The water temperature of the Great Lakes is slightly cooler than average.
The anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald is coming up. Lake-effect snow on Lake Erie…Cleaning up debris that washed up with the big waves and strong winds last week. The Halloween storm also caused damage in Northern Indiana. Coast Guard find zombie floating in Lake Michigan, huh?