Where Did All The Water Go? Lake Levels Are Dropping
Compared with last year, when the Great Lakes benefited from a snowy winter and rainy spring, water levels have plummeted. Based on Tuesday's measurements:
Lake Michigan/Huron is 5 inches below last year's average.
Lake St. Clair is down 9 inches.
Lake Erie is down 13 inches.
Lake Ontario is down 15 inches.
Only Lake Superior escaped the low-level trend. After last week's heavy rainfall, Superior is 4 inches above last year's average.
"We're below average pretty much across the board," Keith Kompoltowicz, a meteorologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, told the Detroit News.