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Preliminary data shows two Great Lakes have record low water levels

A map of the Great Lakes
A map of the Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Two of the Great Lakes have reached record-low water levels.

Preliminary data from the Army Corps of Engineers shows that Lakes Michigan and Huron had a mean water level of 576.15 feet above sea level in December. The previous all-time low was 576.2 feet, set in 1964.

The Corps says the measurements will be made official later in the week. The low levels cause problems for boats that run aground, and longer beaches that expose more debris from the water.

All five Great Lakes have had low water levels in the past year, due to lower than normal precipitation which included light snowfalls last winter.

But Lake Superior, which straddles northern Wisconsin, did not have a new December low unlike Lake Michigan on the state’s eastern border.