Great Lakes Water Levels To Hit Record Highs This Summer
Heavy winter snows in the Upper Peninsula, and high spring rainfalls will drive water levels to record highs this summer.
Lake Superior and Lake Erie will hit all time record highs this summer, and the three other great lakes will see increased water levels as well.
A US Army Corps of Engineers report released Monday says water levels could hit records set over thirty years ago for Superior and Erie.
The Corps web page says current water levels are high and will get higher as the spring melt continues.
All of the Great Lakes are above their level a month ago. Lake Superior and Michigan-Huron are 8 and 9 inches above their respective levels last month. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 11, 7, and 10 inches respectively above their level a month ago. All of the lakes are above their level a year ago and Lake St. Clair and Erie are beginning the month of May above their respective record high monthly average water levels for May. Looking forward, Lake Superior and Michigan-Huron are projected to rise 4 and 3 inches respectively over the next month. Lake St. Clair is expected to have a smaller rise of about 1 inch while Lake Erie is expected to be at about same level in a month. Lake Ontario is expected to rise 11 inches over the next month.
The report says that Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and Lake Superior could surpass records set in the late 1950s and early 1980s. Which is bad news for Lake Erie waterfront residents, already battling flooding and erosion.
The Great Lakes have been slowly rising since record low levels left pleasure boats stranded and huge freighters to lighten their loads back in 2013.
Every month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, in coordination with partners in Environment and Climate Change Canada, issues a six-month forecast. The most recent edition is for the time frame of May through October.