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Lake Superior at record highs for the third consecutive month

Jul 28, 2019 11:07AM ● By Editor

From Thunder Bay Newswatch - July 27, 2018

For the third consecutive month, Lake Superior has reached an all-time record height.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control says July's current daily average level of 183.85 metres (602 feels) above sea level is three centimetres (1.1 inches) higher than the previous record for the month, which was established in 1950.

Rob Caldwell, the Canadian secretary for the board, explained that the agency uses monthly mean statistics to determine long-term lake level records.

Given that there is less than a week left in July, Caldwell said "It's likely that we will set a record for the third straight month" for Lake Superior's height.

The streak may continue into August as well, as the lake typically reaches its yearly peak in August or September.

Caldwell said the International Joint Commission is aware of numerous reports of shoreline damage from flooding and erosion around most of the Great Lakes this year.

"With all the lakes being at record levels, with a record amount of water in the system, it's going to take many, many months for the water to slowly decline and for the situation to dissipate," he said.

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