Wednesday, May 13, 2009

After near-record lows, Lake Michigan's water level rises nearly 2 feet

Lake Michigan is on the rebound after flirting with near-record low water levels in 2008.
In January 2008 the water was so low that the human polar bears taking their annual New Year's Day plunge off the Door Peninsula had to navigate around yellow police tape so they didn't slash their feet on an offshore shipwreck.
Sixteen months and two cold and wet winters later, the lake has added more than 2 feet of water, and it continues to rise almost daily.
Numbers provided by the Army Corps of Engineers last week showed the lake is about 9 inches higher than at this time last year, and the agency is predicting it to continue to add inches into late summer.
Despite the big gain, Lake Michigan remains about 9 inches below its long-term average for April.
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