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Snow, ice cover will boost Great Lakes levels

March 10, 2014

Global News

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record amounts in some cities, federal experts said Wednesday.

The siege of polar air that has gripped the region this winter has caused the most extensive freeze-over of the lakes since the record-setting year of 1979, when nearly 95 per cent of their surface area solidified. On Tuesday, the ice cover reached its highest point since then — 91 per cent, said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist with the federal Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.

READ MORE: Great Lakes 77% frozen, imaged from space

Meanwhile, the towering snowpack rimming the watershed will melt this spring and much of the water will flow into the lakes or the streams that feed them. The runoff is…

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