LAKES: Lake Superior's water level falling rapidly
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Lake Superior's water level
is dropping fast again after rising for most of the past
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
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.