Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say this winter's deep freeze and heavy
snowfall will help nudge Great Lakes water levels closer to normal over
the next six months.
The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers says lots of water is stored in the huge snowpack that
will melt this spring. The water content in the snow piled up around Lake
Michigan is 30 percent higher than at any other time in the last decade.
Just 14 months
ago, Lakes Michigan and Huron slumped to their lowest levels ever
Kompoltowicz says water levels are determined largely by evaporation rates
as well as snow and rain.
Heavy ice cover
has slowed evaporation this winter, while the snowfall is continuing a wet
period that began last year.