DETROIT (WWJ) – The milder than usual winter has many thinking that we’ll pay the price in the spring and summer with lower lake levels, then again maybe not.

But WWJ’s Mike Campbell reports that lake levels have actually risen in the last year, even after a nearly snow-less Michigan winter.

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), all of the Great Lakes are higher than they were last year in March, and Lake St. Clair is 4 inches higher.

The Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit says in the next 30 days to expect Lake St. Clair to rise another 3 inches; while lakes Huron and Michigan will increase 4 inches; Lakes Erie and Ontario will add 1 inch each, and Lake Superior will rise an additional 2 inches – compared to 1985 levels.

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Lake St. Clair is up 23 inches, lakes Michigan and Huron are even; Lake Erie is up 35 inches; Lake Ontario is plus 32; and Lake Superior is down 11 inches.

The Corps notes that it doesn’t make predictions as to the peak summer months for lake levels.

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