Lake Superior dropped in January but remains above normal levels

The level of Lake Superior is excepted to remain above normal through most of 2019, but probably won't hit any record levels, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrologists say.  Forum News Service file photo
The level of Lake Superior is excepted to remain above normal through most of 2019, but probably won't hit any record levels, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydrologists say. Forum News Service file photoForum News Service file photo

DULUTH - Lake Superior fell a little farther away from record levels in January, according to the International Lake Superior Board of Control.

The big lake dropped about 2.8 inches in January, slightly more than it usually drops for the month. As of Feb. 1, the lake sat 11 inches above normal but 2 inches lower than at this time in 2018.

Lakes Michigan and Huron also dropped more than the usual amount in January but remain 20 inches above normal and 2 inches above the Feb. 1 level last year.

Great Lakes water levels experts recently released their long-term forecast for the lakes which includes a broad range of possibilities — from continuing to drop to near-normal levels to rising to near-record monthly levels by summer.

Lake Superior generally declines from October into April and then rises to September. The all-time record high occurred in October 1985, although some monthly records have been set since then. The all-time record low occured in April 1926.

For the longer term, the trend of above-normal water levels for Lake Superior that's been underway since 2014 will continue, experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit said in their recent long-term forecast for the Great Lakes.