30 Mar Update On Water Levels
The time to talk about water levels may seem a little irrelevant at this time as we are taking refuge in our homes and practicing “social distancing”. In an effort to look on the bright side it seems only fitting to talk about something that has got better in the last three months.
It was a very strange winter with a cold and snowy November giving way to the rains of December and January. A perfectly good winter outlook was ruined by seven inches of precipitation falling as rain instead of 70 inches of snow! Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining although my snowplow friends don’t quite see it that way.
Anyway, let’s get back to water levels. December and January saw record high water levels as we got our “spring” flooding in the winter since the rainfall quickly made its way in the rivers and Lake Michigan about three months quicker than it normally does. Add in some significant windstorms and it was a tough winter to own property near the waterfront.
The silver lining is that we have already gone through the spring floods and water levels have started to drop and will continue to do so for at least a year. We don’t have a significant snowpack because it fell as rain and already is moving downstream of the Great Lakes. In addition, the lakes are ice free and with temperatures on the rise we will have a good amount of evaporation until at least the winter of 2020-2021. It also appears the dry period that began in February is carrying forward into the spring and that will only add to the lower water levels.
There you have it, GOOD NEWS! And now the rest of the story…. It may seem strange as a meteorologist but I’m going to talk about something other than weather?.? I got gratitude on my mind. More specifically this virus thing has brought up a very interesting situation. Previously to 2020, it was hard to avoid the political conflicts not only in the USA but also our fellow countries such as North Korea, Iran and others. However, it is a nice turnabout as the world seems to be working together to get past this pandemic. In fact, everyone has been trying their best to ease the suffering this disease has cause. Many thanks to the medical staff of the world who have given everything including their lives to combat this worldwide crisis. Many thanks to the leaders of these countries with their help in stopping the spread of illness and information to aid other countries in the war on this virus. I don’t want to stop there, and I’m going to do something new on this website that I haven’t done before. Yes, I have a tried my best to keep this website “G” rated and avoid topics that cause controversy. I’m going to take gratitude to a new level. Here is just a partial list of people that I’m grateful for. If you see your name please reach out to me and let me know that you saw my note of gratitude to you. In no particular order, here we go. Let’s start with the neighborhood, Mike and Karen, Steve and Nan, Bob and Anne, Jay, Tim and Jane, Donna, John, Martha and Anne, Mary, and Marietta. Website friends Robert and Jody, Rich and Paula, Mike and Linda, Jim, Pete and Cindy, and Mike. Friends Bob and Ann, Jeff and Anna, Kent, Fran and Sue, and driving buddies Dick, John, Claude, Terry, Tom, Bob and Dan. Special friends St. Georgia and Tim. The most important human on the planet to me, is Julie!
This is just a start of my gratitude list and I will continue on with more people as appropriate. Thank you to everyone and remember to stay six feet from everyone and don’t get too far away from your family and friends!