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Water levels rise in Lakes Michigan, Superior

Satellite image of the Great Lakes from space By SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE. (http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=793) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Satellite image of the Great Lakes from space By SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE. (http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=793) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's two Great Lakes continue to recover from dramatically low water levels in the past decade-and-a-half.  

New forecasts from the Army Corps of Engineers show that Lake Superior will rise by one-inch this month -- and the lake's average height for March will be larger than normal for the first time since 1998.

By August, Lake Superior is projected to be 13 inches higher than the spring of 2013. Lakes Michigan and Huron expect to be 9 to 12 inches higher during that time period.

This is all welcome news to shippers whose boats have sometimes run aground as water levels have hovered below normal since the late '90's.

The newly rising waters are mostly because of our bitterly cold winter, and the near-record ice cover on the Great Lakes.

The lakes' environmental research lab said 91 percent of the five Great Lakes were covered by ice as of Tuesday -- the most since 1979, when a record 95 percent was covered. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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