DRAIN (7/16) The Superior Watershed Partnership partnered with an independent film company to bring attention to Great Lakes water quantity and quality issues. DRAIN is a feature length documentary currently being filmed that searches for the cause of historically low Great Lakes water levels. Visit the launch page or find the film on facebook.
Binational Great Lakes Quarterly Climate Impact Report (7/14) Spring 2014 for the Great Lakes region was the 5th coldest since 1948. What could this mean for the summer forecast? For a binational overview of the latest season's weather, water level conditions, and related impacts, plus an outlook for the upcoming quarter, review the Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook: Great Lakes Region via the U.S. Drought Portal.
EDITORIAL: Lake Ontario plan would hurt Orleans The Daily News (7/14) A plan to return Lake Ontario to “more natural” levels stems from good intentions but fails to address unintended consequences that would hurt Orleans and other south shore counties.
Rainy spring, cold winter help buoy Great Lakes levels Journal Sentinel (7/14) After 16 years of bottom-scraping and dredging, boaters on the Great Lakes are experiencing something different this summer: deep water which is a result of water levels hitting above average for the first time since 1998.
The Great Lakes Basin experienced slightly cooler than average temperatures this past weekend. However, temperatures were moderate early in the workweek before dropping on Wednesday. The region was generally dry this past week, although significant rain fell in the Lake Superior basin on Wednesday. A rainy weekend, however, is predicted for the majority of the basin. Temperatures will hover around average this weekend, but are expected to drop to below average by Monday.
Water Level Conditions:
Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 11 and 15 inches, respectively, above what they were at this time last year. Lake St. Clair is 7 inches above its level of a year ago, Lake Erie is near the same level as it was a year ago, and Lake Ontario is 3 inches below its level of a year ago. Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are each predicted to climb an inch over the next month. Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario, are forecasted to drop 1, 3, and 7 inches, respectively during the next thirty 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 above average for the month of July. 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 July. 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 July.
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.