Wednesday , 28 September 2016

GREAT LAKES WATER LEVEL SLUMP OVER, FUTURE UNCLEAR

Two unusually wet years have finally ended the lengthiest period on record of low Great Lakes water levels — a blessing for long-suffering cargo shippers and recreational boaters — although scientists said Tuesday it’s uncertain whether the recovery is temporary or heralds a trend. Four of the giant lakes — Superior, Huron, Michigan and Erie — were above their average monthly levels in November, while Lake Ontario was slightly below. In September, all five were simultaneously above average for the first time since the drop-off began in the late 1990s. A newly released forecast predicts little change over the next six months. It’s a dramatic and remarkably swift rebound from January 2013, when Michigan and Huron — which are linked and have the same level — reached their lowest point since the government began keeping records nearly a century earlier. http://host.madison.com/news/state-and-regional/great-lakes-water-level-slump-over-future-unclear/article_cf702fff-e9b3-5224-a6e3-93ca24988812.html

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