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2020 Poses Even Higher Water Levels in the Great Lakes

2020 Poses Even Higher Water Levels in the Great Lakes by Marc A. Cirigliano

 

The high water levels of the Great Lakes?

We've already discussed this issue at some length.

Bear in mind, we observed earlier:

As  The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program (GLISA) has found, “since 1900, total annual precipitation has increased by 11% in the U.S. Great Lakes region.”

The Great Lakes Basin is huge, so an 11% increase is a lot of water.

However, there is mounting evidence that this year's high levels may be eclipsed in 2020.

Writing for the Detroit Free Press, Keith Matheny says, "It appears 2020 won't bring relief from high Great Lakes water levels – and they could be even higher than this past record-shattering spring and summer." 

The following graphic explains the scenario:

 

 

Great Lakes Water LevelsMatheny further writes:
 
Forecasters now predict Lakes Michigan and Huron will start 2020 at 11 inches higher than water levels in January 2019, said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit.
 
"The latest forecast extends into March, and for the most part, levels are going to be on-par with or above where they were at the same time last year," he said.
 
Indeed, as Robert Watson, climate scientist, observed, "Mother nature always bats last, and she always bats 1,000."
 
You also can add to that, "She determines when, where and how long the game lasts."
 
For now, there is no end in sight. Put your games faces on.
 
 

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