Sunday, March 16, 2008
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Superior water levels are eight inches higher than they were at this time last year. It's a sign the lake is beginning to rebound from its record lows of last August and September, which hurt recreational boating and the Great Lakes shipping industry. A corps meteorologist says that more ice cover and a longer winter resulted in less water being lost to evaporation.In January, the International Lake Superior Board of Control also reported that precipitation in the Lake Superior basin in December was well above normal, and that followed a wet fall. The corps says that despite Lake Superior's rising levels, it's still eight to 10 inches below normal. Meanwhile, a Coast Guard cutter is carving out shipping lanes in Duluth-Superior harbor. Ships may start arriving later this month.