Water Levels on Great Lakes Could be highest in 20 Years

Posted by on Friday, June 16, 2017
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There are concerns mounting in areas around the Great Lakes.

After what has  been an exceptionally wet spring, water levels may be higher than normal in the Great Lakes this summer.

The Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office say summer water levels on lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair and Erie will be at their highest levels since since 1998.

Lake Ontario is up nearly one metre from where it was last year this time.

The lake levels across all the lakes are currently above their long-term average June levels. 

All of the levels are also above last year’s levels, except for Lake Michigan-Huron which is near its level from last year.

Over the last month, Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, Erie and Ontario rose 12 cm, 5 cm, 2.5 cm and 7 cm, respectively.

In the coming month, Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are expected to rise 5 cm, Lake St. Clair is expected to be near its current level, and Lake Erie is expected to drop 5 cm.

Lake Ontario is also expected to drop 15 cm.

The Team

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