Lake Huron’s water levels post 6 cm gain over last year

LAKE HURON—Despite the alarming lack of precipitation for Manitoulin this summer, Lake Huron water levels remain strong, continuing to post above-average numbers this fall.

“It’s been another interesting summer,” Derrick Beach, editor of Environment Canada’s LEVELNews, told The Expositor in a Friday interview. “The water levels have pretty much stayed constant, which was mainly because Lake Superior had a very wet summer so the outflow this summer was well above average, keeping Lakes Huron and Michigan stable.”

Mr. Beach noted that from May to September there was not much change in water levels, adding that the seasonal decline began last month.

However, the levels remain higher than this time last year.

“The level at the beginning of October is 26 centimetres above average (176.46 metres) and the highest for this time of year since 1997,” he said. Lake Huron is also six centimetres above last year’s beginning of October levels.

“If we were to get very dry conditions, we’re still predicting levels to be 10 centimetres above average,” Mr. Beach explained. “If they’re very wet conditions, we’re predicting above average by 40 centimetres, but that’s still below the 1986 record by 45 centimetres.”