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GREAT LAKES: Lake Superior's water level falling rapidly
St. Paul Pioneer Press
02/04/2003

Lake Superior's water level is dropping fast again after rising for most of the past year.

The big lake is feeling the effects of a major dry period throughout much of its watershed, with January water supplies to the lake near record low levels, according to the International Lake Superior Board of Control.

Lake Superior dropped 5 inches in January. And while it's normal for the lake to drop at this time of year, the decline was more than double the usual rate. The lake is now 9 inches below its long-term average for the end of January and about 3 inches below the level it was at this time last year.

The National Weather Service in Duluth reported that the period from October through January was the third driest since records have been kept at Duluth International Airport after World War II.

A continued dry spell could raise concerns for lake traffic and other users and landowners. The issue is even more pronounced on the lower Great Lakes, with Lake Michigan down 22 inches from its long-term average.

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