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According to figures from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Michigan/Huron’s monthly mean level for December was 576.15 feet, which was 3 inches lower than November’s level and 17 inches below its level in December of 2011.
The previous record low for December was set in 1964 at 576.18 feet. All of the Great Lakes experienced lowered water levels in 2012 due to little snowfall in the winter and light rainfall in the spring. But lakes Michigan and Huron were the only ones to set a new December low.
The average water level of Lake Superior for December was 600.59 feet, which was 2 inches below November’s level and 1 inch below the level of the previous year. Lake Erie’s average water level was 570.28 feet in December, which was 1 inch below the level of November and 23 inches below December 2011.
The level of Lake Ontario for December was near November’s level with a mean of 243.7 feet. The December water level was 13 inches below the level a year earlier.
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