What's New 15 years later, Great Lakes levels rebound Michigan Radio (10/1) The quick recovery has stifled an effort to engineer a solution to the problem of low lake levels in Huron and Michigan. But proponents say it would be shortsighted to forget about the issue.
High water levels mean high risks at Lake Michigan piers Holland Sentinel (9/24) High winds along the lakeshore draw people to the beaches to watch the high waves, but with the water levels on Lake Michigan at their highest point in almost 15 years, the danger of being swept off the piers has increased.
Lake Ontario south shore lawmakers urge John Kerry to block Plan 2014 Watertown Daily Times (9/22) Set to replace a half-century-old water regulation plan, the U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission’s “Plan 2014” proposal has drawn criticism from eastern and southern lakeshore communities because of increased risks of flooding and coastal property damage.
Fall like weather arrived in the Great Lakes basin this week. Other than some light precipitation to start the work week, conditions were largely dry across the region. Look for scattered showers at times this weekend accompanied by warmer temperatures. To date in September, the Great Lakes basin as a whole has received above average precipitation.
Water Level Conditions:
Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 9 and 19 inches, respectively, above their levels of a year ago. Lakes St. Clair and Erie are 14 and 7 inches, respectively, above what they were at this time last year, while Lake Ontario is 1 inch above its level from a year ago. Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are predicted to fall 1 and 2 inches, respectively over the next month. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are projected to fall 6, 5, and 6 inches, respectively, over the next 30 days.
See the Great Lakes Water Levels web page for more water level information.
Forecasted outflows / channel conditions:
Lake Superior’s outflow through the St. Mary’s River is forecasted to be well above average for the month of September. Lake Michigan-Huron’s outflow into the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair’s outflow into the Detroit River are predicted to be near average in September. In addition, the outflow of Lake Erie into the Niagara River and Lake Ontario’s outflow into the St. Lawrence River are projected to be above average in September.
Official records are based on monthly average water levels and not daily water levels. Users of the Great Lakes, connecting channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of current conditions before undertaking any activities that could be affected by changing water levels. Mariners should utilize navigation charts and refer to current water level readings.