“Water levels on Lake Michigan- Huron typically rise from March through July. Lake Michigan- Huron has risen one inch since early March, but is 13 inches higher than this same time last year. Although the above two lakes are higher, they are still 16 inches below the long term average for this date.The rise in the lakes in the past month was the result of melting snow. Precipitation didn’t help much to the rise in lake levels, as March was fairly dry. The dry pattern in March was good for helping Michigan avoid major flooding. However, heavy rain would have really boosted lake water levels. March precipitation over the Lake Michigan-Huron drainage basin was only 1.49 inches, which was 69 percent of normal.”
With the big spring thaw underway (mostly) and warmer weather on the way, Lakes Michigan and Huron are on track to get closer to their long-term water levels than they were last summer.
From Michigan Live:
Read more about the projected lake levels for this summer at the link above.
- IISG hiring six undergraduate interns for summer 2022
- We’re searching for an AIS specialist to work on research and outreach
- Meet Our Grad Student Scholars: Alexandra (Ali) Touloupas
- Meet Our Grad Student Scholars: Jordan Holtswarth-Hartman
- Scientists rally to collect data after Lake Michigan CSMI sampling year delayed to 2021