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Lake Huron sets January high water mark

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Water levels on all of the Great Lakes were up in January and are expected to continue to rise into spring and summer.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, says lakes Michigan and Huron both set record high levels for January, and it is likely monthly mean record high water levels will be set each of the next six months.

“This sets the stage for coastal impacts and damages in 2020 similar to, or worse than, what was experienced last year,” said
John Allis, chief of the Great Lakes Hydraulics and Hydrology Office, Detroit District.

The mean water level on Lake Huron in January was 581.56 feet, more than a foot above the January 2019 level of 580.09 feet. Last month’s level breaks the previous high mark for January of 581.30 feet from 1987.

The all-time record high water level for Lake Huron is 582.34 feet, set in October 1986. The all-time record low of 576.02 feet was set in 2013.

Persistent wet conditions across the Great Lakes basin continue to drive high water levels.