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Lake Superior water levels nearing normal

Less than normal rainfall continues the trend away from high water levels.

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A kitesurfer shares Lake Superior with the anchored saltwater freighter Amurborg on a windy May day. Lake Superior's water level stayed nearly atable in May and is now just 3.9 inches above normal for June 1. (Steve Kuchera / 2021 file / News Tribune)
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An unusually dry May across the Northland left Lake Superior with a stable water level during a month it rises 4 inches on average.

The International Lake Superior Board of Control reported the latest water levels Thursday, noting Lake Superior is now just 3.9 inches above the 102-year average for June 1. The big lake is now 6 inches below the June 1 level from 2020.

Lake Superior usually rises from April to September and then drops through the winter months. The big lake has been slowly moving away from near-record high water levels for about the last year, which is good news for shoreline property owners who have seen severe erosion and flooding under high water conditions, especially during storms.

Meanwhile lakes Michigan and Huron also remained stable in May, a month they on average rise 3.2 inches. The lakes now sit 16.1 inches above average but 19.7 inches below the record high June 1 level set in 2020.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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