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Great Lakes Water Levels Show Increase

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:11 am


Great Lakes Water Levels are up, according to an overveiw of a new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report....
From The Detroit News......

“Water levels in all of the Great Lakes are higher than year-ago levels, according to a new report.
The weekly report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that Lakes Michigan and Huron are 7 inches above last year's levels, Lake St. Clair is 6 inches higher, and Lake Erie is 4 inches higher than in the same period last year, aided by higher-than-average precipitation across the region. Lakes Superior and Ontario are both 1 inch higher.
Levels in all the lakes are predicted to decline over the next month, part of the yearly cycle that peaks in the summer months.
Although higher than last year, Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron remain 6-7 inches below their long-term averages, while St. Clair and Erie remain above their monthly average. Ontario is at its average level for this time in October.
Experts continue to watch the lakes as they rebound from historically low levels in 2007.”
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:15 pm


What - global warning hasn't irreversibly lowered the lake levels? Say it isn't so.

In studying Lighthouse Board annual reports, as I am wont to do from time to time, I found that in the mid 1890's, virtually all of the boathouses at lighthouses around the lakes were moved from 20 to 100 feet out into the lakes. Why would this be? Because the lake levels had fallen so much that the lighthouse keepers could no longer get their boats onto the ways so they could be pulled up into the boathouses. These same boathouses were moved a similar distance back toward shore around 1905, because the lake levels were coming back up again.

Maybe the sky isn't falling after all!
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Postby LighthouseNews » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:32 pm


Terry, do you remember the 1960s? (Oh wait, if you remember the 60s, then you weren't there! :twisted:)

But my point is that the water levels were down so far in the early 1960s that you had to walk almost a half mile out into Saginaw Bay to get to waist deep water. I kid you not.

And in front of our cottage, one could see where the water had been almost up to the road level, as opposed to the 50-60 ft. or so below it that it now is, from earlier times.

The Great Lakes move in natural cycles, and the alarmist shouting from everyone just had me shaking my head. :roll:
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:32 pm


My tongue was firmly planted in my cheek on that last comment :wink:
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