It’s soooo close. The Detroit Army Corps of Engineers is reporting that all of the Great Lakes have exceed record water levels last seen in the 1980’s, except for the Lake Huron-Michigan Water Levels.
We have seen the impact of the high lakes. Non-floating docks in some marina’s are awash. Beaches have eroded and folks have to scramble down a five foot sand dunes to get to the water. Trees along the shoreline have toppled into the lake.
Less then One Inch Away from Record
The Army Corps of Engineers preliminary June measurements point out a minisule difference of breaking the record for Lake Huron-Michigan Water Level last set in 1986.
They also point out that the trend of ongoing high lake levels may continue with the high in-flow of Lake Superior and higher then average rain in July. However starting in August, Lakes Michigan-Huron, St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are projected to be 1, 4, 5 and 9 inches, respectively, less than their current levels.
Long Term Forecast of Lake Levels
Its expected that staring in the Fall, Lakes Huron-Michigan will begins its normal seasonal drop through the winter months. However lake levels are look to remain above the mean into 2020.
The lower Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario will likely continue to exceed the mean well into 2020. Thus flooding may occur with strong prevailing winds in southwest portions of Lake Erie affecting Michigan and areas around Toledo Ohio.
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