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Great Lakes water levels at or above average for next 6 months

Great Lakes water levels at or above average for next 6 months

Scientists from NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environment Canada have issued a six-month forecast for water levels to be at or above average on Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie into spring of 2016. Lake Ontario water levels are expected to remain close to monthly averages. However, the impacts of the anticipated strong El Niño and other atmospheric anomalies on the forecast are difficult to predict.
November 19, 2015 0 Comments
Tracking harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie

Tracking harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie

As part of efforts to enhance its Experimental Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin, NOAA is offering the HAB Tracker, a new experimental forecasting tool that aims to aid local managers in decision-making on harmful algal blooms (HABs). The experimental tool is available online on NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory (GLERL) website, and incorporates real-time data with modelling to produce daily an updated 5-day forecast of potential bloom distribution and movement.
September 23, 2015 0 Comments
What does “normal” mean anyway?

What does “normal” mean anyway?

In the Great Lakes region, memories of the brutal winter of 2013-2014 are still fresh in residents’ minds. That winter brought very cold surface water temperatures and high ice cover well into the 2014 spring. Coupled with a record-setting water level surge of nearly three feet between January 2013 and December 2014, people who live along the shore of Lake Michigan have been wondering whether this is the “new normal” for the lake.
May 4, 2015 0 Comments
NOAA and partners document surge in Great Lakes water levels

NOAA and partners document surge in Great Lakes water levels

Scientists at the Army Corps of Engineers, Environment Canada, and NOAA recently documented a record-setting surge in water levels on Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron that began in January 2013, and has continued through November 2014. The United States and Canadian federal agencies expect water levels to stay near or above average on all of the Great Lakes over the next six months. 

December 10, 2014 0 Comments
Army Corps hydrologist named new director of NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Army Corps hydrologist named new director of NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Deborah H. Lee, the chief of water management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, has been named the new director of NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL). Lee is slated to begin on December 1, 2014.

September 22, 2014 0 Comments
NOAA Seeks Answers to Great Lakes Water Level Changes

NOAA Seeks Answers to Great Lakes Water Level Changes

While people along our nation’s coast experience rising sea levels, residents along the Great Lakes – the Earth’s largest lake system – are adapting to the opposite problem: chronic low water levels and a receding shoreline.

In a perspective now running in Science magazine, Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, says “the record low water levels in Lake Michigan-Huron in the winter of 2012 to 2013 raise important questions about the driving forces behind water level fluctuations and how water resource management planning decisions can be improved.” 

March 6, 2014 0 Comments
NOAA real-time beach and water quality data now available for Lake St. Clair

NOAA real-time beach and water quality data now available for Lake St. Clair

Independence Day is right around the corner, and Michigan's Lake St. Clair residents and tourists are gearing up for a holiday weekend filled with fishing, swimming and boating activities. Beach managers can now view NOAA water quality predictions in real-time, instead of waiting 24 hours as before, to make timely decisions to safeguard public health and avoid unnecessary beach closures.

July 2, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA Great Lakes researchers join U.S.-Canadian study of Lake Huron ecosystem

NOAA Great Lakes researchers join U.S.-Canadian study of Lake Huron ecosystem

Visitors to Lake Huron this summer may have a unique opportunity to glimpse science in action. During July and September, scientists will crisscross Thunder Bay, Saginaw Bay, and the open waters of Lake Huron, collecting samples of sediment, water, mussels, microscopic organisms, and fish.

July 9, 2012 0 Comments
Ask NOAA experts about Great Lakes ice cover in a Tweet Chat on Wednesday, March 14

Ask NOAA experts about Great Lakes ice cover in a Tweet Chat on Wednesday, March 14

On Wednesday, March 14, two NOAA scientists will take questions over Twitter about ice cover on the Great Lakes over the past few months and on the long-term trends.

March 12, 2012 0 Comments
Decades of research on Great Lakes ice cover reveal trends

Decades of research on Great Lakes ice cover reveal trends

NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab has monitored ice cover on the lakes for decades. Its measurements have documented wide variations from winter to winter and made possible discoveries about climate links to variation in ice cover.

March 9, 2012 0 Comments
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