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Great Lakes expected to break all-time highs in 2020

Army Corps of Engineers says water levels are higher than 2019
Posted at 12:22 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 15:43:43-05

DETROIT — West Michigan's big lake is expected to grow even bigger in 2020.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Michigan is forecasted to reach record high levels this year, and set a new high for the monthly mean before spring. The Corps has the same outlook for Lake Huron.

All of the Great Lakes are starting 2020 at levels above where they were 12 months ago.

According to the Corps' Great Lakes Hydraulics and Dydrology Office, the continued wet weather pattern across the Great Lakes states are keeping levels high. Many communities, including Grand Rapids and Muskegon, had the wettest year on record in 2019. Above average temperatures this winter sentare sending more melted snow into lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron.

While the 5 Great Lakes are all below their peak levels from last summer, the Army Corps of Engineers says the threat of shoreline erosion will continue through 2020.