“Surface-water temperatures above the deepest parts of Lake Superior are expected to be at least 6 degrees Fahrenheit colder than normal by August, delaying the onset of the evaporation season and raising water levels at a faster-than-normal clip,” states the article.
Reduced evaporation on Lake Superior could result in water-level gains of up to 10 inches by next spring, although a lot will also depend on precipitation totals, John Lenters told the Record. Lenters is the leader of the research project and a senior scientist at Ann Arbor-based LimnoTech, an environmental consulting firm founded by CEE alumnus Paul Freedman.
Lenters, Gronewold and their colleagues presented their research in a session titled, “Hyrdorclimatic Variability in the Great Lakes Region and its Impact on Aquatic Ecosystems” at the International Association for Great Lakes Research conference in Hamilton, Ontario in May.
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