Lake Superior Water Levels High Despite Drought Conditions
It might seem duplicitous, but the water levels in Lake Superior remain relatively high despite the drought conditions on the surrounding land areas. And - according to experts - that situation isn't expected to change much at all for the rest of the summer.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released data that shows the average water level in Lake Superior is higher than usual, even if it didn't rise as much as it usually does in June. Data usually shows a three-inch rise to the water levels; June 2020 only registered a two-inch rise.
According to news sources, the experts are anticipating problems with the lakes shore if wetter conditions redevelop later this summer. Charles Sidick - with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared:
"There will continue to be a significantly increased risk of shoreline erosion, lakeshore flooding and coastal damages as high water levels persist. ....[T]hose who may be affected should prepare for potentially severe coastal impacts, especially during periods of strong winds and high waves."
Meanwhile, the Northland is experiencing a lack of rainfall - at least for the time being. The National Integrated Drought Information System shows much of the State of Minnesota as "Abnormally Dry", with some areas clocking into "Moderate Drought" levels. And a quick look ahead at the long range forecast doesn't show that this situation will change anytime soon (although long range forecasts can change).