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Old 06-01-2019, 09:02 AM
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Over Memorial Day weekend the water level of Lake Michigan was reported at 50-inches above chart datum, and the forecast for next month predicts an additional 2-inch-increase in lake level.

Assisted by some strong winds, the launch ramp was complete immersed in and the trailer parking lot half-covered with Lake Michigan water at the Northport, Michigan marina on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The water later receded enough to dry out the parking lot, but the downward sloping portion of the ramp was just about entirely underwater. This will make for some interesting boat launching and loading.

The present water level of Lake Michigan is still about 11-inches below the modern 1986 high-water record level.
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Lake Erie is the highest I have ever seen it. The docks where the fuel pumps are at the marina I get fuel have been 6" under water. The harbor that I go through is normally 4' outside of the channel but today it was over 6'.
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Water's definitely high on Lake Erie and the Detroit River. I went to my boat on Saturday and my dock was underwater. While I was standing there the water began to drop. For some reason it dropped 5" in 5 minutes so I was able to board my boat to check things out.
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Lake Erie water level is susceptible to changes due to the wind. If the wind is blowing to the east, the water will be lower in Toledo and higher in Erie.
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Originally Posted by ssobol2533@aol.com View Post
Lake Erie water level is susceptible to changes due to the wind. If the wind is blowing to the east, the water will be lower in Toledo and higher in Erie.
Those of us who live and or boat on Lake Erie are well aware of how much the wind affects the lake levels. Point is the water is still high. Today we had winds out of the west 5 to 10 MPH. Some of the docks at Ford Yacht Club on Grosse Ile were underwater even with the west winds. My dock was OK today. Any easterly winds and we will have problems here on the west end of the lake.
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Erie has to be high with St Clair overflowing daily
Old 07-09-2019, 07:52 AM
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Many of the docks in the marinas of western Lake Erie are underwater even with no wind effect. I am concerned about boaters walking through the water with the docks still having electric service turned on. Anyone concerned about Electric Shock Drowning?
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My town is in danger of losing a section of road due to high water.
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Chain of Lakes and Fox River have been closed going on 2 weeks and still no relief in sight.

The road to the farm is flooded.

Losing last of great weather.
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Originally Posted by jhebert View Post
…"...The present water level of Lake Michigan is still about 11-inches below the modern 1986 high-water record level.
Wasn't that due to global cooling/the coming ice age?

Then the record low water levels that were due to dredging in the St, Lawrence River. That was "irreversible" and was only going to worsen with unstoppable erosion of the river bed....Now it's high water and climate change.

Is there such a thing as natural fluctuation?...I am aware of archaeological sites in 30' + fow off the Wisconsin shoreline in L. Mich... I also seem to remember reading about water levels being significantly higher some time after the end of the last ice age....But somehow once the industrial revolution got into full swing global natural processes stopped and every change became "our fault".

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JHebert wrote that on June 1. By mid-July, the levels tied that record.
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Lake MI is forecast to drop ~5 inches in the next month.
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Going to be some pretty severe damage a long the shoreline come winter and the ice starts piling up.
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As reported in the Detroit Free Press 10-11-19...

."A wet September across Michigan has the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair well above their long-term average levels for October. It’s potentially helping set the stage for another record-breaking spring and summer of water levels next year".
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ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WEEKLY GREAT LAKES WATER LEVEL UPDATE 10-18-19

Temperatures were generally below average last week, with low temperatures reaching below freezing in parts of Michigan a couple of nights this past week. There was also significant precipitation throughout much of the Great Lakes basin, with a large storm providing even more rainfall over Lake Ontario and some of Lake Erie on Wednesday and Thursday. So far this month, the Great Lakes basin has received 145% of its normal October precipitation. Over the next seven days expect significant rainfall over the majority of the Great Lakes basin. Over that same period, temperatures should remain slightly below normal throughout most of the basin with the exception of Lake Ontario.
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Here on the Saginaw Bay its really at a problem level especially with a Northeast wind of any velocity

I have a permanent dock and 10 years ago it looked like the poles went to the sky
I have added twice to them in the last 3 years

In the past we lost quite a bit in the fall but the last few years we have not lost much at all its making a difference

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