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Lake Michigan water levels set another record.

LAKE MICHIGAN -- February water levels set another record, on the heels one set in January. 2020 could be a clean sweep, setting monthly records through the year. The high water combined with seasonal wind storms continue causing the shoreline to be Washed Away.

Waves crash against the lighthouse in St. Joe Friday 3/6/2020 Nathan Voytovick

According to the Detroit district of the Army Corps of Engineers the average lake water level for the Michigan-Huron basin was 581.56 ft. The mark is more than 17 inches above February 2019 levels and nearly six inches higher than the previous record level set in 1986. 

There is no sign of a significant drop for March, as water levels maintain record levels.

The outlook through the middle of the year predicts likely record levels through July and possibly lasting into August. 

Late fall, winter and early spring are the windiest time or year, so wind and wave events will become less pronounced in the warm season. However late spring and early sunny are the wettest time of year, with the potential to raise lake levels even higher. Our Spring Rainfall Outlook calls for above normal precipitation.


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