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Cold winter helps Great Lakes water levels

The long-cold winter could have a positive impact on water levels on the Great Lakes.

University of Michigan researchers say Lake Superior could rise 10 inches this year, because the surface water is significantly colder than normal.

Meteorologist Roy Eckberg is with the National Weather Service's Green Bay office. He says there was less evaporation, in the spring, and that helped, on Superior, and Michigan. Eckberg says the cold water will continue hampering evaporation on Lake Superior, but Lake Michigan warms faster so the impact will be less.

There were record-low water levels on Lake Michigan, a couple of years ago. Eckberg says a wet year, last year, helped them bounce back a bit, and he hopes that trend continues.

posted : June, 3rd by WHBY


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