Heavy snowfall good for Lake Superior

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This winter’s heavy snowfall is good news for Lake Superior.
That’s the opinion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, whose representatives told reporters Wednesday that record snow levels will keep water levels in the big lake near or slightly above the long-term average over the next six months.
The corps’ monthly Great Lakes water level bulletin released Tuesday says Lake Superior’s water level is at 183.24 metres above sea level. That is 34 centimetres above the average level recorded at this time last year.
Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of the corps’ watershed hydrology branch, said this winter’s extreme cold temperatures and near-record snowfall in some areas will have an impact on Superior’s level, which is currently 2.54 cm above long-term average.

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