Lake Michigan’s rise finally slowing

Rising Waters

DETROIT (WOOD) — For the first time in months, Lake Michigan’s water level is now forecasted to plateau.

The weekly forecast released Friday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts Lake Michigan’s water level to remain steady over the next month. It’s largely due to warmer and drier weather across the Great Lakes region.

“This last week, temperatures throughout the Great Lakes Basin climbed towards above average values for this time of year,” the Army Corps forecast said. “Some minor rainfall was experienced last week, but in general dry weather returned to the region. Expect drier than average conditions to continue through the weekend.”

Lake Michigan has been near record high levels since May. It is up 3 inches over the past month and currently just an inch below the all-time July record set in 1986.

Other Great Lakes are finally starting to fall from record levels. Lake Erie is projected to drop 5 inches over the next month, while Lake Ontario is forecasted to fall 10 inches.

Lake Superior, which has dropped an inch over the past month, is expected to remain steady over the next month.

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U.S. Army Corps Weekly Forecast

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