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Dry May brings Lake Superior water level closer to average

Lake Superior saw no net change in its water level from May to June amid dry weather. Lake Superior saw no net change in its water level from May to June amid dry weather. |  Photo: Glenn Kellahan/WDIO-TV

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Updated: June 03, 2021 01:56 PM
Created: June 03, 2021 01:55 PM

Lake Superior's water level is a little closer to its average for this time of year after a dry May blunted its usual spring rise.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control says the lake typically rises about 4 inches (10 centimeters) in May but ended the month largely where it started. A chart of daily water levels shows that the lake fell early in the month but then rose later in the month.

Lake Superior is now about 4 inches (10 centimeters) above the 102-year average level. It's down nearly 6 inches (15 centimeters) from this time last year and down nearly a foot (30 centimeters) from record highs set in 2019.

The lake's levels typically rise in June. The Board says depending on the weather, Lake Superior may remain stable or rise by up to 6 inches (15 centimeters).

Lake Michigan-Huron also remained stable during May. Lake Michigan-Huron is 16 inches (41 centimeters) above average but nearly 20 inches (50 centimeters) below record-high levels seen last year. 
 

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