NOAA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release Great Lakes water level spring projections

Experts to discuss potential impacts of El Niño
November 17, 2015

Lake Michigan waves at Michigan City lighthouse following Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. (Credit: NOAA)

Lake Michigan waves at Michigan City lighthouse following Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012. (Credit: NOAA)

Water levels on the Great Lakes play a major role in the region's shipping, recreation and overall economy. As water levels in Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron continue to be above monthly averages, scientists and decision makers from NOAA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold a teleconference briefing for media on Thursday, November 19, at 1:00 P.M. ET to discuss the latest water level projections for spring 2016, recent research, and potential impacts of El Niño on water levels. 

Scientists will place today's water levels into historical perspective (year-to-year and lake-by-lake) and will describe tools that are available to the public, media, resource managers, shipping industry, and recreational boaters to help plan for changing water levels.


Federal agencies offer science briefing on Great Lakes water levels


Thursday, November 19, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

  • Drew Gronewold, hydrologist, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • Keith Kompoltowicz, chief, Watershed Hydrology Branch, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Detroit District
  • Matthew Rosencrans, head of forecast operations, NOAA National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center
  • Stephen Gill, senior scientist, NOAA National Ocean Service Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services
  • Jim Noel, hydrologist, NOAA National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center
  Dial-In Information: 1-888-968-4304
  Slide deck will be posted at 9 a.m. ET on November 19, 2015

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