The good deal of snow received throughout the Great Lakes area last winter along with a wet spring and summer are being credited with a huge increase in water levels for Lakes Michigan and Huron. New numbers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA show that body of water, which is considered one lake for their purposes due to the Straits of Mackinac, rose nearly 20 inches from February to June of this year. The big lake is still below average, however, due to how far the levels had fallen to hit record lows. Lakes Michigan and Huron are 17-inches below the long-term average as of the end of last month but still 11 inches higher than this time last year. As for Lake Superior, it's 2 inches below average but up 13 inches from November of 2012. Lake Erie is up 10 inches, and Lake Ontario has risen 14 inches from last year and is near average.
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