Lake Levels: Expect higher than average lake levels but no new record

Published May 13, 2021


An article in Great Lakes Now on how water levels are expected to drop this summer quotes Joe Atkinson, director of the Great Lakes Program at UB, and professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.

The article mentions a 13-year cycle between Great Lakes water levels peaking. “If I had to bet, that’s what I’d guess would happen just because that’s what nature usually does,” said Atkinson. But at the same time, changing weather patterns could be changing lake level patterns. “I would say the hydrologic behavior is changing,” Atkinson said.

Read the story here.