Hot summer warming up Lake Michigan, experts say

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Lake Michigan is having a warm summer.The average surface water temperature was 75.3 degrees on July 9, setting a record for the month based on 26 years of record-keeping, government scientists said.The summer high is 75.6 degrees recorded in August 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.That mark likely will be broken this year, said scientist Andrea Vanderwoude of NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.“I’m loving this,” Whitney Miller, a swim instructor, told the Traverse City Record-Eagle. “Last year I was in a wetsuit up through the 15th of July. ...

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: January 2020 water levels on Great Lakes higher than year ago

MILWAUKEE -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Thursday, Feb. 6 that January 2020 water levels were higher on all lakes than they were in January 2019 -- and are expected to continue that trend into the spring and summer.According to Corps records, lakes Michigan and Huron both set new record high January levels, previously set in 1987.