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The water level of Lake Michigan continues to rise after generally staying below long term average values for over a decade. Below is a graph depicting the average Lake Michigan/Lake Huron water level since the late 90s.

 

 

The latest observed value of 176.73 meters, or 579.82 ft, is the highest recorded level since July of 1998! The peak of this summer so far is 2.13 ft higher than the average peak of the low level summers of 2012 and 2013.

How much water does 2.13 feet of lake add up to? For lake Michigan alone...that's 9.95 trillion gallons of water more than 2012/2013. For the combined Lake Michigan / Lake Huron Basin...it adds up to 20.17 trillion gallons!

To learn more about current and historical Great Lakes water levels, visit: https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/data/now/wlevels/levels.html.

 


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NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan