Published on January 2nd, 2012 | by Heather Carr1
Water Levels in the Great Lakes
After the unusually warm temperatures this summer, lake levels are lower than many would like. Unseasonably warm temperatures have kept ice from forming on many parts of the lakes.
Ice cover slows evaporation because the ice must first melt before the water can evaporate.
Water levels make a difference in shoreline habitat, fish spawning, recreational boating, and the amount of cargo carried in commercial ships.
Great Lakes photo via Shutterstock